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Release date 04-03-14


New Information Technology courses offered at KVCC beginning April 28


 Fairfield, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) will offer a series of four compact and convenient course modules providing a strong foundation for entry into the information technology industry beginning April 28.

The courses will be offered primarily online and are the first in the state to be launched through Maine is IT!, a federally funded program that is enabling Maine’s community colleges to add new programs, certificates, courses, and short-term training in information technology.Maine is IT logo

The program, funded by a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, is designed to address the growing need in Maine for skilled information technology workers across many industries. The grant, awarded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT) Program, is projected to serve nearly 2,100 participants over the next three years.

At KVCC, these first courses are part of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ certification process – considered the starting point for a career in the IT industry.

CompTIA A+ certification proves competence in essential IT tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventative maintenance, and basic networking and security. It also confirms understanding of the importance of customer service and the communication skills needed to work with clients.

This certification is beneficial for individuals looking for employment in IT positions such as technical support specialist, field service technician, IT support technician, IT support administrator and IT support specialist.

“This is a very quick, affordable, and flexible pathway into a lucrative career field,” said Flora Stack, KVCC’s Continuing Education Coordinator. “The courses are designed to fit into the schedule and price range of anyone from a high school student to a stay-at-home parent to a full-time worker seeking a new profession.”

The courses are non-credit, however upon successful completion and certification in all of the specialty IT concentrations, KVCC may offer college credit which can be transferable into the Applied Electronics and Computer Technology Program.

Although students must enroll in the first module to take subsequent modules, there is no requirement to complete all four, nor do students have to take certification exams if they are simply seeking skills rather than certification.

A KVCC Certificate of Completion will be provided for each module once a student successfully completes it.

The four modules being offered are:

CompTIA A+ Part I Computer Hardware

Hours: 34 - primarily online. First class meeting: 4/28/14 5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m. Lab: 5/10/2014 8:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Cost: $65*

▪CompTIA A+ Part II Computer Networking and Mobile Devices

Hours: 30 online. Start: 5/19/2014. Cost: $45*

CompTIA A+ Part III Windows Operating System Setup, Configuration, and Security

Hours: 30 online. Start: 6/16/2014. Cost: $45*

CompTIA A+ Part IV Troubleshooting PC Systems

Hours: 36 primarily online. Includes 2 exam sessions. Start: 7/14/2014. Cost: $45*

Cost of all four modules: $170*

*Cost does not include text, software or exams.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity call 207-453-5822 or email

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