Courses

Professional Development Courses

 

Following is a list of courses that may be offered to companies or the general public.  Courses may be customized to meet the specific and unique needs of the company.  Course descriptions are generic in nature, and will be taught during general public course offerings.  For more information click on the contact us button on the right or the staff contact information on the left.

 

Business and Information Technology

 

Email and Electronic File Management (PDB-010)

This workshop will cover email for business using MS Outlook. Topics include adjusting email settings, creating contact groups, electronic calendaring, email etiquette, as well as managing electronic files on a computer system using the MS Windows file management tool.

Emergency Response Planning for Small Businesses (PDL-F72)

You don't need a big budget or a large staff to prepare your business and employees to handle an emergency or a disaster.  But you do need an efficient and realistic plan.  This workshop guides you through the steps in emergency planning; you will identify the risks your company faces, develop response scenarios, and create an Emergency Response Plan that protects your business, your employees, and your customers.

Introduction to Access (CCT-A40) 

If you have large amounts of data you are trying to organize and work with, perhaps a database is your answer.  Don't struggle with your large spreadsheets anymore.  This 16-hour course will cover the database software package Access.  Students will learn to plan, design, edit, create tables, queries, reports, and forms.  Students will take a look at relationships between tables, identifying primary keys, linking tables, and so much more.

Intermediate Word (CCT-F80) 

This six-hour workshop will continue to look at features of MS-Office Word.  Topics include tables, mail merge, mark-ups, headers and footers, page numbers, advanced clip art techniques, and much more.

Introduction to Excel (CCT-B80)

This six-hour workshop will give students a quick look at MS-Office Excel, and will focus on shortcuts and the software itself.  Topics will include keyboard shortcuts, understanding the menus, cutting and pasting, basic formulas, functions, multiple sheets, formatting and conditional formatting, charts and more.

Intermediate Excel (CCT-B90)

This six-hour workshop will continue the Excel process by looking at topics such as sorting and filtering, adding shapes and smart art, data validation, data protection, and much more.

Introduction to PowerPoint (CCT-E10)

This package is an easy to use graphical/presentation package which will assist the student in professional looking presentations.  This six-hour class will cover such topics as working with presentations, slide shows, creating graphs, organization charts drawings and clip art, special effects, and much more.

MS Word (Level #1) (CCT-F70)

This one-day workshop will focus on using MS Word to create professional-looking letters, flyers, and reports covering features such as adjusting font/line/paragraph options, borders/shading, tabs, tables, columns, page numbering, headers/footers, and inserting images.

Newsletters without Tears (PDL-F71)

Does your club, organization, or home business produce its own newsletter or other promotional material using typical office applications such as Microsoft Word?  Do you struggle with templates?  Does your copy never seem to fit the layout?  Does the final product look okay but somehow you know it could be better?  In this workshop you will learn to create versatile, professional-looking layouts using simple techniques of graphic design.

Write so they will read it! (PDL-F70)

Accurate, complete and readable documents are essential to business success.  This workshop will help you quickly produce readable, clear and useful documentation.  The workshop teaches students to recognize and avoid common problems in writing for the business audience.  It gives students a tool kit for focusing the document on readers needs and structuring the material they have to present.  Objectives:  Identify and avoid common mistakes when writing for American or foreign readers; apply the techniques of tactical writing for status reports, proposals, procedures, and analytical documents such as requirements specifications, the effective structures and techniques in emails and documents.

 

Health Care 

 

Basic First Aid (PDH-B10)

This course will introduce students to the basics of first aid.  Topics will include: shock, bleeding, burns, drowning, heat stroke, and treatment of common household injuries.

Basic First Aid and CPR (PDH-B15)

This eight-hour course is a general overview of Basic CPR skills and basic first aid skills.  Students will learn one-person adult CPR, obstructed airway maneuvers, disease transmission and prevention, choking, bleeding, and other topics as time permits.

BLS Healthcare Provider CPR (PDH-B30)

This course is for students entering any of the several healthcare professions (EMT, Nursing, CNA, Residential Care, etc.). The course covers one and two-person adult CPR; child and infant CPR; obstructed airway maneuvers for the conscious and unconscious adult, child and infant; barrier devices and disease transmission and prevention; introduction to the Automated External Defibrillator (AED); legal and ethical considerations; and special resuscitation situations. Students who have been certified in the past and have let their certification lapse by more than thirty days will need to take this full class.

BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Recertification (PDH-B40)

For those who have taken the Healthcare Provider, the student must recertify every two years. This course is for healthcare professionals who have previously been certified and now need to obtain an updated course card. A written and practical examination will be given during the program. Successful students will be issued a two-year course completion card. Students whose CPR cards are more than thirty days expired will need to take the full eight-hour Healthcare Provider CPR class (PDH-B30).

MHRT-1 Mental Health and Rehabilitation Training (PDS-020)

The MHRT-1 certification applies to individuals who work as daily living support specialists and residential support workers in the adult mental health field. The guidelines and regulations for the MHRT-1 are managed by the Maine Center for Learning. The training program includes First Aid/CPR, Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS), Certified Residential Medication Aide (CRMA) and Mandt training.

Pediatric First Aid and CPR (PDH-B13)

This American Heart Association course introduces students to concepts of CPR for infants and children.  A hands-on approach to the principles of first aid and safety will conclude this very practical workshop.

 

 

Trades 

 

200-Hour Oil Burner Technician (PDL-O10)

This course prepares students with the education and skills necessary to acquire a State of Maine Journeyman Oil Burner Technician - 1 & 2 Oils (up to 15 GPH) license and become NORA Certified at the Bronze Level. The classroom curriculum includes lecture and discussion about combustion theory, oil tank installation, oil burner component identification, basic electricity, oil burner controls and testing, service procedures, and customer service. The lab activities allow students to receive hands-on experience on live fire units. The lab curriculum includes basic tool use and safety, electrical safety, mechanical troubleshooting, annual tune ups, electrical testing, and troubleshooting of oil burner controls and devices. Students can anticipate 110 +/- hours of lecture/discussion and 90 +/- hours of lab activities.

AutoCAD in the Workplace (PDT-C20)

AutoCAD in the Workplace is a foundation course to teach the most commonly used features of AutoCAD for use in a business or industrial setting. Students will be introduced to two dimensional (2D) drafting commands, dimensioning drawing setup, and plotting.  Covered topics will include mechanical, architectural, and electrical drawings; the limitations of 2D design; CAD naming conventions; and file management.

Build Your Own Adirondack Chair (ECT-A10)

Master the band saw and simple fasteners to create your very own Adirondack chair. Useful measuring and marking techniques will be covered in addition to finish methods and an introduction to wood structure and care. No prior woodworking experience is necessary to create heirloom quality furniture though, as in most things, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Delivery Technician and Basic Principles (PNG-010)

This course provides training for inspecting, maintaining, and operating propane delivery vehicles; filling propane storage containers; and making customer deliveries of propane. This course is designed for drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles to deliver propane, and covers Bobtail equipment and systems, including cargo tank, gauges, pumps, meters, delivery hoses, and emergency discharge control equipment. The course encompasses CETP 2.1 & 2.4, 2.2 & 2.5* (*Note that CETP 2.5 has been replaced by the Mobile Crane Safety in the Propane Industry Program). Successful completion of this course and exams will help students achieve the State of Maine Propane & Natural Gas - Delivery Technician authority.

Ductless Mini Split Heat Pump (PDT-H10)

This 40-hour course will provide professionals with the basics of refrigerant cycle theory and explain how the cycle produces heating and cooling. Other topics covered in the course will be basic electrical theory, control theory, mechanical operation of system components, and safe work practices involved in the installation of these units. Students will experience a hands-on lab component involving the installation and troubleshooting of these state-of-the-art mini-split heat pump systems.

High Pressure Boiler (PDL-B50)

This 45-hour course provides students with the knowledge and techniques needed to operate a boiler steam generating plant in a safe and efficient manner. Basics of boiler design and control are emphasized as well as the importance of feed water treatment. Topics include day-to-day operations, steam turbine control, power generation, and environmental control parameters to meet emission requirements. The safe handling and combustion of natural gas, fuel oil, coal, and wood fuel is also covered. This course will also place emphasis on code requirements. The course offers a practical approach to power plant operation and is designed to prepare the student for the Maine High Pressure Boiler Operator's licensing exam. (Some experience in the field is required to sit for this exam).  The State of Maine has approved this course to count for three months of experience towards the Maine High Pressure Boiler Operator's license.

National Electrical Code 15-Hour Update (PDL-E10)

If you are working in the electrical field and are looking for the current code update, this course is for you.  This course meets the requirements for the State of Maine code update as the NEC code changes.

OSHA 10 - Construction (PDH-O10)

The 10-hour OSHA Outreach course teaches employees the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating, and reporting hazards associated with their work.  The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint.

Propane Natural Gas: Appliance Connection & Service with Basic Principles & Practices of Propane (PDT-020)

The first step in becoming a Propane & Natural Gas Technician is to begin with the “Basic Principles & Practices of Propane” course. This course is designed to provide all personnel with the basic principles and practices of working with propane to ensure safety and help provide quality service to customers and the community. The Basic Principles & Practices of Propane course is a prerequisite to the more advanced CETP courses and is designed to be both a learning resource and a career development tool. Successful completion of this course is required before students can matriculate in any other CETP courses at KVCC. This course encompasses three sections, CETP 4.2, 4.3, and FGT 1.1 (Maine Natural Gas Supplement). CETP Section 4.2 “Placing Vapor Distribution Systems and Appliances into Operations” focuses primarily on the checks and tests required when installing new piping and regulators or restoring service to an existing vapor distribution system. This section instructs the student on the specific steps in these important tests and checks. CETP Section 4.3 “Installing Appliances and Interior Vapor Distribution Systems” focuses primarily on interior systems piping as well as the installation of gas appliances. This section also covers how to design and install appliances and how to design interior vapor distribution systems. Other course topics include:

  • Selecting appliances and how this impacts the design of an entire system.
  • Computing combustion, ventilation, and dilution air.
  • Designing a venting system.
  • Designing gas piping and creating a piping plan.
  • Installing appliances.
  • Installing venting systems.
  • Installing gas piping.

FGT 1.1 Section “Maine Natural Gas Supplement” focuses on the properties of natural gas, procedures for installing house piping, and procedures for placing natural gas operated equipment in-service as required by the State of Maine. Prerequisite: PNG1-010. Course fee includes CETP e-books and exam fees. Course fee does not include NFPA 54 & NFPA 58; these books may be purchased from http://www.nfpa.org

Propane Natural Gas: Large Industrial Gas Fired Equipment (PNG-040)

This course covers the basic steps required for calculating system demand, determining fuel supply needs using propane, propane/air mixtures and natural gas, as well as the steps required for determining when propane vaporizing and mixing systems are needed. Some areas covered in this course are:

  • Determining gas supply requirements for large industrial gas-fire equipment
  • Identifying characteristics and functions of valve trains and ignition safety systems used with large gas-fire equipment
  • Identifying characteristics and functions of safety controls and burner designs used with large gas-fire equipment
  • Identifying system testing and start-up procedures that apply to large gas-fired equipment

Prerequisites: PNG1-010, PNG1-020, PNG1-030 or License with Appliance Connection & Service authority. Required Materials: CETP Textbook; NFPA 54, 2012 edition; NFPA 58, 2011 edition. Course fee includes exam fee. Course fee does not include CETP Textbook, NFPA 54 or NFPA 58. The CETP Textbook can be purchased from www.propanemarc.com; the NFPA 54, 2012 edition & NFPA 58, 2011 edition books can be purchased from www.nfpa.org

Refrigerant Certification (EPA 608 self-study) (PDT-R10)

The EPA 608 Refrigerant Certification for Small Appliances (self-study) course at KVCC is designed to prepare technicians for the EPA 608 certification exam:

  • Core Certification (general knowledge of refrigerants)
  • Type 1 (repair and service of small appliances using refrigerant)

It is not intended to be formal refrigeration training course. Technicians who take this course should be familiar with basic vapor-compression refrigeration cycle and common service equipment and procedures.

Solar Markets, Applications, Financing & Regulation (PDT-030)

This one-day workshop will cover various topics within the solar industry, from investing and financing of solar systems to regulation and markets to homeowner understanding.

Solar PV for the Associate Candidate (PDT-S10)

This online course is geared toward individuals who are interested in developing their understanding of solar PV technology. The course content is presented at an introductory level and is an important first step for any student that wants to enter the solar PV industry. Upon completion, students will be eligible to take the NABCEP Solar PV Entry Level exam (SP1-015 or SP1-016). This exam is optional; therefore, students must register to take this exam separately. Successful completion of this course and a passing score on the NABCEP exam will provide a required credential for professionals who want to install systems that qualify for the Efficiency Maine Trust Solar PV rebate program. Course costs DO include meals/snacks and textbooks/course materials. Course costs DO NOT include examination fees, required tools, and equipment.

Solar PV Design & Install (PS1-020)

This course is designed for technical professionals who are interested in installing, servicing, and designing solar PV systems. This course will provide training for installers who wish to pursue NABCEP Solar PV Installer Certification. The NABCEP Installer Exam is offered twice a year at regional testing centers and must be scheduled through NABCEP. The target candidate for NABCEP installer certification is the person responsible for the system installation (e.g., contractor, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman). Course costs DO include meals/snacks and textbooks/course materials. Course costs DO NOT include examination fees, required tools, and equipment.

Timber Frame Workshop for Beginners: Build a Small House (ECT-C10)

In this workshop, students will focus on layout, cutting, joinery, and raising a timber frame. Students will learn the "scribe rule" method, gain confidence with hand tools, and some modern advantages with power tools.

Welding I (PDI-W10)

During this course, you will be introduced to the basics of welding. We will spend time covering safety and principles of welding. This course will give you a good foundation to which you can build skills on. The welding process that will be used is SMAW (Shielded, Metal, Arc Welding, “Stick”). You will be able to make minor repairs and start your own projects after completing the course. The format of the class will be geared towards the AWS test. You will not be ready to be certified, but will be well prepared to continue your welding training.

Welding II (PDI-W20)

This is a more advanced continuation of Welding I and the next level in your welding training. During this course, you will continue building your skills on SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding “Stick”). You will also be introduced to FCAW (Flux Core Arc Welding) and cutting with oxy-acetylene torches. If you are successful and progress well, you will be ready to take one AWS certification test at the completion of the class. AWS tests are administered at the Test Center at Eastern Maine Community College. Prerequisite: Welding I or instructor's permission.

Welding III (PDI-W30)

This is the most advanced level of welding training. You will continue to build the skills learned in Welding I & II, and will be introduced to the TIG Process, the opportunities of push/pull aluminum, and the potential of specialized training at the request of the student. If successful and progress well, you will be ready to take more AWS certification tests. Prerequisites: Welding I & II or instructor's permission.

 

Enrichment

 

Emergency Response Planning for Small Businesses (PDL-F72)

You don't need a big budget or a large staff to prepare your business and employees to handle an emergency or a disaster.  But you do need an efficient and realistic plan.  This workshop guides you through the steps in emergency planning:  you will identify the risks your company faces, develop response scenarios, and create an Emergency Response Plan that protects your business, your employees and your customers.

Newsletters without Tears (PDL-F71)

Does your club, organization, or home business produce its own newsletter or other promotional material using typical office applications such as Microsoft Word?  Do you struggle with templates?  Does your copy never seem to fit the layout?  Does the final product look OK but somehow you know it could be better?  In this workshop you will learn to create versatile, professional-looking layouts using simple techniques of graphic design.

Personal Fitness Trainer National Certification (PDS-T31)

Come join this fun field and be a part of what ABC NEWS.com states as the 4th hottest job in the US!  This challenging course is taught over a five-week period.  The National Exam is held on the sixth week.  Fifteen hours of "hands on" practical training prepares you to actually work with clients one-on-one.  Students must hold a valid Healthcare Provider CPR certificate to be eligible for National Personal Trainer status.  Upon successful completion, students will not only be Nationally Certified as Personal Trainers, but will be eligible for 5.0 CEU's through IACET, BOC and AOTA. 

Professional Bartending (PDL-B10)

Do you like meeting new people? Would you like to know more about how a bar operates?  Then this course is for you.  Participants in this non-credit course will learn the basics of professional bartending and mixology and its application in restaurants, clubs, and function facilities.  Whether you are taking this course to find a full-time/part-time job, or you are taking it for your own personal enrichment, this course will be fun and enjoyable. This seven-week course will introduce you not only to mixology, but to appropriate glassware; the use of basic bartending tools; over 100 basic and fancy drink recipes; how to cut fruit and decorate cocktails; basic laws concerning customers, liability, and regulations of the bartender and the property owner; ways to increase sales and tips; and so much more.

Write so they will read it! (PDL-F70)

Accurate, complete, and readable documents are essential to business success.  This workshop will help you quickly produce readable, clear, and useful documentation.  The workshop teaches students to recognize and avoid common problems in writing for the business audience.  It gives students a tool kit for focusing the document on readers’ needs and structuring the material they have to present.  Objectives: identify and avoid common mistakes when writing for American or foreign readers; apply the techniques of tactical writing for status reports, proposals, procedures, and analytical documents such as requirements specifications, the effective structures, and techniques in emails and documents.

 

Other

 

Advanced Paralegal Certificate (TPB-P95)

These advanced topics build upon the nationally acclaimed Paralegal Certificate Course offered by over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. These classes are available to students who wish to extensively build upon their knowledge of law and paralegal studies with classes in specialized facets of contemporary law. Your study and concentration on substantively specific materials will enable you to gain a strong competitive edge over other paralegals. The additional training gained through participation in these advanced classes will embellish your legal knowledge and skills, which in turn should increase your salary and marketability.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate (TPB-M90)

This intensive course is designed to train and qualify students to develop or participate in conflict mediation processes. Participants will review the growth and application of settlement options in the United States. The course focuses on both traditional and non-traditional dispute resolution options. Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation) is geared for all professionals who are focused on “interest-based bargaining.” This course takes the mystery out of settlement processes and focuses on reaching reasonable solutions.

Employment Law Certificate (SHRM Preferred Provider) (TPB-E60)

Employment law is a branch of contract law that deals with relationships between employers and employees. This course will cover statutes such as the National Labor Relations Act, the Railway Labor Act, and other various statutes dealing with public employees. Topics to be included are master and servant, wages and hours, anti-discrimination in employment, and minimum wages and maximum hours, as well as regulation of working conditions.

Intellectual Property Law for Engineers (TPB-I40)

All engineers should be particularly concerned with patent law. This constitutionally-based discipline has to do with the process by which an invention and its creator are protected by the law from infringement and unfair competition. The class will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement; and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents). We will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials, and methods of doing business and research. Not only do we deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.

Law School Preparation (TPB-L95)

You’ve probably heard the horror stories about that grueling first year of law school. That’s likely the main reason you signed up for this course! Rest assured that you’ve done the right thing. The best way to avoid the pitfalls of the first set of courses is to prepare yourself for the unique way you’ll need to study in law school. This course is designed to give you the tools you need to be ready for the first year of law school and beyond.

Legal Investigation Certificate (TPB-L90)

This exciting course is designed to teach legal investigation to those interested in pursuing a new career and those presently working in the legal field. At the end of the course, students will be qualified to assist attorneys, paralegals, insurance companies, and private businesses, as well as state and federal government agencies, in the process of civil and criminal investigation. Students will also be taught how to create a freelance investigation business. Included subject areas are arson investigation, product liability investigation, personal injury and traffic accident forensics, employment accidents, investigation of financial and equity matters, professional malpractice and negligence, skip-tracing, and the role of a legal investigator in preparing for civil and criminal litigation.

Legal Nurse Consultant Training (TPB-L50)

This exciting program prepares Registered Nurses and Physician’s Assistants for a career in the legal field as Legal Nurse Consultants. Building on the medical education and clinical experience of RNs and PAs, this course provides the RN and PA with fundamental skills necessary to advise law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, and governmental agencies regarding medically-related issues and to appear in court as expert witnesses. The curriculum of this course is designed to comply with the educational guidelines specified by the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. Successful graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion from the university through which they are registered.

Legal Secretary Certificate (TPB-L60)

This intensive program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office. Students will study such topics as legal terminology; legal process; jurisdiction and venue; ethics; written communications including letters, pleadings, discovery, notices and motions; filing procedures; billing and accounting; time management; records management; an overview of commonly used word and data processing programs; legal research; memoranda preparation; and citation format.

Paralegal Certificate (TPB-P90)

This introduction to paralegal studies provides the foundation for the study of paralegalism. During the seven-week course, you will gain an understanding of the American legal system and learn how you can be of assistance in the exciting field of law. Coursework in Paralegal I is equivalent to 45 class hours of study.

Personal Injury for Paralegals (TPB-P10)

With this exciting, fast-paced class you will learn many of the legal terms, causes of action, and remedies available to victims of personal injury accidents. We will review the negligence theory of torts upon which many personal injury claims are based. Students will discuss interviewing, investigating, and other case building techniques vital to a personal injury paralegal’s success in the law office.

Software Essentials for the Law Office (TPB-S30)

This dynamic course is designed for legal professionals interested in improving their skills and knowledge of commonly used computer technology and programs within the law office. Course topics include computer operating systems and peripheral devices; time tracking and billing software; database, case management and docket control software; litigation support software; electronic discovery; and trial presentation and graphics software.

Victim Advocacy Certificate (NOVA Approved) (TPB-V90)

Participants will be prepared to work in victim advocacy arenas; such as domestic violence shelters, crisis centers, crisis hotlines; and with state and county governments to assist crime victims in progressing through the criminal justice system and toward successful recovery. Course topics include legal terminology, legal process, legislation regarding victims’ rights, jurisdiction and venue, ethics, effects of victimization on the victim, victim advocate skills, guardianships, and crisis intervention. It also covers counseling skills for victims of assault, battery, robbery, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, murder, and homicide.