press release - Heather Halsey

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Release date 10-24-13

 

KVCC hires Sustainable Agriculture Project Manager

 

Fairfield, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has announced that Dr. Heather Halsey, a Harvard University graduate with extensive agricultural and academic experience,has been hired as Project Manager for the College’s new Sustainable Agriculture program.

Dr. Halsey is a native of Fairfield, Maine and grew up across the street from KVCC’s Fairfield campus. She will oversee development of the two-year academic program and play a key role in the launch of the KVCC Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation at the College’s Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley.Heather Halsey

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Halsey join KVCC,” KVCC President Richard Hopper said. “She brings the ideal mix of talents and expertise to help oversee our Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation, connecting our academic programs, providing student support services, and engaging with the community. KVCC is delighted to have enticed Heather home to Fairfield where she can transmit her passion for agricultural education and the growing interest in farm-based employment across Maine.”

Dr. Halsey comes to KVCC from the Maine Coast Heritage Trust in Rockport, where she was Community Program Manager for the past two years. That experience included managing all agricultural education programs at a 93-acre field preserve and working extensively with young students. Prior to that, she operated her own farm for seven years in Tennessee.

Dr. Halsey also has experience as a school psychologist, an early literacy specialist, and a teacher. She has direct experience in all aspects of sustainable agriculture, from farming to marketing, and helped found a tailgate and online farmers market in Jonesborough Tennessee that continues to thrive today.

“I am proud to join Kennebec Valley Community College and excited to help with developing the Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation,” Halsey said. “It is surprising and exciting to see my experience in agriculture and my academic work as a school psychologist formally united under one roof.”

Dr. Halsey is a 1994 graduate of the Harvard University Extension School where she earned a B.A. in Literature. She was awarded a M.Ed. in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2000. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2008.

Dr. Halsey graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield in 1984.

Dr. Halsey is joining KVCC as the College prepares to open a second campus - The Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley - in September 2014.

The Alfond Campus will provide an ideal environment for dynamic learning in sustainable agriculture, food processing, food security, place-based culinary arts production, renewable energy applications, business entrepreneurship, and early childhood education related to wellness and healthy living. It will include the KVCC Center for Farm-to-Table Innovation - an education hub combining sustainable agriculture, food processing, culinary arts programs and entrepreneurship.

Classes began this fall for the first of these programs, a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program in sustainable agriculture. The second program – a two-year Culinary Arts degree program – will begin in January 2014.

KVCC will also continue to offer a wide array of degree programs in liberal arts, trades and technology, business, computer science, and health professions.

Registration for the spring 2014 term at KVCC will begin for all students Nov. 12, with classes beginning Jan. 6. To register for the Culinary Arts program or any other spring program at KVCC, call 453-5119 or 453-5134. Current information is also posted on the KVCC web site at: www.kvcc.me.edu.

Anyone wishing to speak with a KVCC advisor or with questions about the admission process may contact the Advising Center at 453-5082 or the Admissions Office at 453-5035.

Kennebec Valley Community College is one of seven community colleges in Maine. KVCC prepares full-time and part-time students to enter the job market, to transfer to colleges and universities, and to achieve their professional and personal goals.  Programs and services support the economic growth of the community in response to changing needs.

In 2011 and again in 2012, KVCC was named one of the top community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute, placing in the top 10 percent of two-year colleges based on student success rates.

To learn more about KVCC, go to www.kvcc.me.edu.

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