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Release date 08-31-15


Kennebec Valley Community College Unveils New Online Certificate Program in Mental Health Rehabilitation


FAIRFIELD, MEKennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) offers a new certificate program for those seeking to become a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT). The MRHT certification applies to individuals who work as daily living support specialists and residential support workers in the adult mental health field. The two-year online program offers students classes that are enhanced with interactive videos and compelling lectures. Students enrolled in the program will use a tablet computer in which to interact with instructors.

“The new Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician program provides students with a myriad of learning options that are perfect for the working adult or student who wants to begin working concurrently with their studies,” according to Dr. Kurt Klappenbach, project manager of the MHRT program.

The MHRT certificate represents the minimum licensing qualification for those working in the mental health field in the state of Maine and is exclusive to the state of Maine. The regulations associated with the position are managed by the Center for Learning, a part of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Policy.

A growing need for qualified mental health care workers is specific to Maine, one of two states (along with the District of Columbia) reporting the highest per capita mental health spending in the nation in 2010.* Maine also leads the nation in prescription drug abuse, joining other states in the New England region with the highest rates of non-heroin opiate addiction treatment admissions.**

The MHRT 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 Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician 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

*Mental Health Spending: State Agency Totals, FY 2010


**Maine Tops Nation in Prescription Drug Abuse, January 3, 2011

By Meg Haskell, Bangor Daily News



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