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Release date 08-31-15


Kennebec Valley Community College Introduces Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) Program


FAIRFIELD, ME – Fall 2015 semester marks the launch of a new Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) program at Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) in Fairfield, Maine. This unique program provides students with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed to gain entry-level employment in timber framing and/or other types of building construction.

The green construction industry has experienced significant growth in the past decade and is valued at well over $260 billion globally. By next year, more than half of commercial and institutional construction will be green certified.* As a result, the demand for workers familiar with sustainable building practices is on the rise. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building supports eight million workers in a range of occupations including carpenters, construction managers, electricians, architects, and many others.**

“The new Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) program complements KVCC’s existing slate of building trade programs. The goal is to teach new skills in growing labor markets that will ultimately lead to good jobs with good salaries,” says Dr. Richard R. Hopper, President of Kennebec Valley Community College.

KVCC’s two-year Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) program takes students from start to finish in the design/build process with instruction about computer aided design (CAD), the range of needs for the building envelope, and hands-on training in the skill of joinery, the heart of timber frame construction. Students also learn about wood science, architectural history and restoration, shop safety, planning and project management, blueprint reading, and all aspects of green building construction. A field house on the KVCC Alfond campus in Hinckley is being converted into an indoor facility for the program, where students can construct actual size timber frames in any season.

The Sustainable Building and Design (Timber Frame Carpentry) 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.

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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


*Green Building Jobs Can Help Grow Regional Economy, Grey Lee 8/4/15


**A Green Economy is a Growth Economy, U.S. Green Building Council




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