press release - KVCC joins partnership to train future paper makers Downeast

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Release date 07-30-14


KVCC joins WCCC and St. Croix Tissue, Inc. partnership to train future paper industry workers in Downeast Maine


FAIRFIELD, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) will play a key role in a new partnership between Washington County Community College (WCCC) and St. Croix Tissue, Inc. that will lead to high-paying paper making jobs for workers in Downeast Maine.

The company and WCCC have partnered to design a one-year training program - to be offered at no cost to participants - that will give those individuals who successfully complete it the skills they need to be well prepared to compete for those new jobs. Those who successfully complete the program will be guaranteed an interview by St. Croix Tissue, Inc. next spring.

WCCC will partner with Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), in Fairfield, Maine, to bring several of KVCC’s pulp and paper making classes to WCCC’s Calais campus.

“KVCC is delighted that key elements of our long-standing Pulp and Paper program will help to support WCCC and St. Croix in developing needed skills among the workforce Downeast,” said Dr. Richard Hopper, President of KVCC. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the Maine Community College System to leverage inter-campus collaboration for cross-regional benefit.”

Additional classes - including math, communications, basic computer skills, and safety training - will be offered by WCCC. A grant from the Maine Quality Centers program, an initiative of the Maine Community College System, will enable WCCC to offer the training at no cost to up to 40 Maine residents.

“This is a great opportunity for men and women in eastern Maine to get their foot in the door with St. Croix Tissue. The jobs being created will be high-paying jobs in a high-end professional setting.” said WCCC President, Joe Cassidy.

“Individuals who successfully complete this program will be head and shoulders above their peers as candidates for the jobs we are creating in Baileyville.” said St. Croix Tissue Manager, Martin Richard.

The program will begin in late September and will run through late April of next year. Applicants must be a Maine resident and hold a high school diploma, GED, or HiSet certificate to be eligible. For more information, please contact WCCC at 454-1012. The deadline for applications is September 5, 2014.

KVCC is one of seven community colleges in Maine that operate under the authority of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees. KVCC is a public, non-profit, post-secondary institution supported in part by state legislative appropriations and federal funds.

The College offers more than 35 programs of study ranging from two-year associate degrees to certificates, as well as a comprehensive schedule of continuing education courses and business and industry outreach programs.

KVCC’s newest programs include two-year offerings in Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts, and Business Administration – Computer Systems Integration.

In 2012 the largest expansion in KVCC’s history began with the acquisition of 600 acres of woods, fields, and buildings on what was formerly the central campus of the Good Will-Hinckley School in Hinckley.

Located seven miles north of KVCC’s Fairfield campus, the new property will officially open in the fall of 2014 as KVCC’s Harold Alfond Campus. With a 120-acre farm, a new 16,500 square-foot classroom and laboratory building focused on sustainable agriculture, and many upgrades to existing buildings and infrastructure, this second campus will provide unprecedented opportunities for students and relieve space constraints on the Fairfield campus.

Registration for the fall semester at KVCC is now underway. Call 453-5822 for information.

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