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Release date 08-31-15


Kennebec Valley Community College Launches Evening Classes for Two-Year Associate Degree in Medical Assisting


FAIRFIELD, ME Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has added a new Medical Assisting program in which finishing students gain both an accredited license and an Associate in Applied Science degree. Students in the two-year program receive both theoretical and laboratory experience that culminate with rotations in a physician’s office and hospital laboratory in the final semester.

“The Medical Assisting program provides working students with the flexibility to take evening classes. All students will benefit from new state-of-the-art simulation labs for medical assisting in a provider practice just as you would find in a doctor’s office,” notes Dr. Kurt Klappenbach, project manager of the Medical Assisting program.

A growing need for Medical Assistants is being fueled by a spike in the nation’s 65-and-older population, otherwise known as the “Baby Boomers.” According to the United States Census Bureau, this group is projected to reach 83.7 million in the year 2050, almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million.

Paralleling this surge is a growth in healthcare-related industries and a demand for more medical assistants. The healthcare industry currently represents approximately 17% of the national economy, and one-in-10 new jobs are in healthcare.* The need for medical assistants alone is projected to grow by 29% until 2022, translating into nearly 163,000 new jobs in the sector.**

The KVCC Medical Assisting program prepares students to provide direct patient care and education, obtain and test biological specimens, and assist providers in patient diagnosis by gathering patient history and performing physical assessment. Medical office management skills are also taught including health industry legal and ethical issues, confidentiality, recordkeeping, billing, scheduling appointments and referrals, coding, and processing insurance claims.

The Medical Assisting program is funded through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program, an initiative of President Obama’s Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The program is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education. Kennebec Valley Community College received a generous $2.5 million award through TAACCCT. The grant provides community colleges with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less.

To learn more about the new Medical Assisting program at KVCC, please visit

About Kennebec Valley Community College

Ranked among the best two-year colleges in America, Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) offers more than 35 programs in trades and technology, healthcare, liberal studies, sustainable agriculture, business, education, culinary arts, renewable energy, and computer science. More than 95 percent of recent graduates were employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation and more than 90% of KVCC’s graduates stay in Maine, most of them in mid-Maine.

KVCC’s Fairfield campus is located three miles north of Waterville, just off Interstate 95. It features five classroom and laboratory buildings, a library, gymnasium, student lounge, and café. KVCC is constructing a new student food service that will be ready by September 2016. Fifty percent of the food served will be produced by the Farm at KVCC. The 600-acre Harold Alfond Campus on Route 201 in Hinckley, features a 120-acre organic farm, two classroom and laboratory buildings, recreational facilities, and historic Moody Chapel and is the ideal environment for KVCC’s innovative farm-to-table education hub focused on sustainable agriculture, food processing and technology, culinary arts, renewable energy, and entrepreneurship. The Nutter Field House is now being converted to house the Electrical Lineworker program and a new program in Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry).

KVCC’s small class sizes, low cost, excellent support services, and flexible scheduling appeal to students seeking a better future in comfortable surroundings. With generous financial aid and scholarship resources, the cost of tuition and fees is covered for the majority of full-time students.

KVCC provides an affordable and practical path to success. Learn more at


*Healthcare Job Growth Reflects Aging Population, Newly Insured 1/14/2014 

**United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics




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