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Release date: 06-27-2012


KVCC is now accepting applications for new Energy Services and Technology Program


FAIRFIELD - Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Fairfield, Maine is now accepting applications for a new two-year program that will begin this fall. The Energy Services and Technology (EST) program, which is unique in Maine, will prepare students for careers in the rapidly growing field of installing, maintaining, and troubleshooting high-efficiency plumbing, heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems in buildings.


The EST Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program will be a 68-credit, classroom and hands-on learning experience responding to the market demands and economic necessities of a new energy economy.


It will be the first program of its kind to be offered in Maine.


"KVCC's new EST program will not only prepare graduates for employment in traditional plumbing and HVAC jobs, but is also the first step for students who want to enter the exciting field of renewable energy,” said Greg Fletcher, Chairman of the Trades and Technology Department.


The EST program will prepare students for multiple career pathways, including entry level positions in the mechanical services/plumbing field or in renewable energy.


Upon completion of the EST program, students will be eligible to pursue four State of Maine licensing opportunities in plumbing, oil burner, solid fuel, propane and natural gas, as well as the US Environmental Protection Agency Refrigeration Certification.


Graduates will find employment as entry level plumbers, heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning technicians. They may also find employment as technicians for gas/propane systems and/or solid fuel systems.


Students will also be exposed to renewable technology such as solar heating, geothermal, and solid fuel within the EST Program. Graduates are encouraged to take additional coursework to qualify them to install renewable energy systems.


Registration for the program is now underway. To learn more, go to:


The program is the latest addition to KVCC’s highly-regarded Trades and Technology Department, which also includes Applied Electronics and Computer Technology, Career Studies, Electrical Lineworker Technology, Electrical Technology, Precision Machining Technology, Pulp and Paper Technology, and Trade and Technical Occupations.


The new EST degree program is also closely affiliated with KVCC’s Energy Services and Technology Center, a premier education hub dedicated to traditional and renewable energy programs, and housed in the Muriel P. Frye Building.





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