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Release date 04-28-14


KVCC partners with Midstate Berkshire to offer free machinist and machine operator training


Fairfield, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Midstate Berkshire to offer free machinist and machine operator training to qualified students beginning May 19.

Midstate Berkshire has generously donated $97,000 to fund 700 hours of training at KVCC for each student selected to participate in this opportunity.

Training will be conducted at KVCC’s Precision Machining Technology Lab at the College’s Fairfield campus and will run approximately eight months, ending in mid-January 2015.

Potential students will take the Accuplacer test at KVCC, be interviewed by Midstate Berkshire personnel, do a job shadow at Midstate Berkshire, and pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen. Final selection of students will be made by Midstate Berkshire.

Applicants must hold a high school diploma and be a Maine resident. Applications will be accepted at either the Augusta or Skowhegan CareerCenters and forwarded to Midstate Berkshire for review.

To contact the Skowhegan CareerCenter call 1-800-760-1572. To contact the Augusta CareerCenter call 1-800-760-1573.

Training will include machining, geometric tolerancing, blueprint reading and more. The training and work schedule will include days, evenings and weekends. For those who successfully complete the training, the jobs offer a starting wage of between $11.38 and $16.18 per hour depending on position, and an excellent benefit package.

KVCC and Midstate Berkshire expect to train 12students through the partnership.

Midstate Berkshire, established in 2010, was originally founded as two separate, nationally recognized manufacturing facilities: Berkshire Industries and Midstate Machine. Berkshire Industries had successfully served the aerospace, defense, and power generation industries since 1956. Midstate Machine opened its doors in Maine in 1968 and has provided solutions to numerous industries, including gas & oil, power generation, maritime, and defense. The companies’ contract machining, fabrication, and assembly skills helped establish each business's reputation for quality and precision, earning them customers such as GE, Lockheed Martin, and Honeywell.

Their successes caught the attention of Precision Partners, an advanced manufacturing and engineering services company, who acquired Berkshire Industries and Midstate Machine as subsidiaries in 2006 and 1999, respectively. Today, Precision Partners has combined the resources and experience of the two business units into a single entity, providing complete end-to-end manufacturing solutions that improve supply chain logistics and capital costs associated with complex, precision component processing.

KVCC is one of seven community colleges in Maine which operate under the authority of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees. KVCC is a public, nonprofit, 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.

Directions to the Fairfield campus of the College are below:

From the south (Portland): Take I-95 North to Exit 132. Turn right, KVCC entrance is the second left.

From north (Bangor): Take I-95 South to Exit 132. Turn left, KVCC entrance is the second left after the overpass.

From the north (Skowhegan): Take Route 201 South until it meets Route 139. Turn right on Route 139 (Western Avenue). KVCC is approximately one mile on the right.

From the east (Belfast): Take Route 139 west until it meets Route 201. Turn right on 201. Turn left onto Route 139 (Western Avenue). KVCC is approximately one mile on the right.                

For more information on KVCC call 207-453-5822 or go to



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