New KVCC information technology offerings to meet demand for skilled IT workers in Maine

Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:01 AM
FAIRFIELD, ME – The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there will be over 3,800 information technology related job vacancies in Maine during 2015. This massive shortfall of trained IT professionals has led Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC), in partnership with the Department of Labor, to offer high quality, low cost professional information technology credentials and associates degrees. The next certification courses begin June 16th.
 
Through the Maine is IT! initiative - a federally funded program that is enabling Maine’s community colleges to add new programs, certificates, courses, and short-term training in information technology - students will earn internationally recognized certifications known as A+, Net+, and Sec+ in as little as eight weeks. These certifications will then translate into course credit for associate’s degrees.
 
Many students qualify to obtain these certifications through a free scholarship program. To be eligible for a scholarship, a student must be at least 18 years of age, demonstrate financial need, and be accepted into a Maine is IT! related program for the Fall 2014 semester.   
 
A focus group of major IT employers in Maine has voiced support for this program as it offers the training and credentials these employers desperately need.  Currently, many employers are forced to contract with IT companies outside of the state of Maine for remote support of many critical IT functions.
 
For more information and to sign up for courses, contact Alex Clifford, 207-453-5159, aclifford@kvcc.me.edu
 
This workforce solution was funded in part by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.  Maine’s community colleges are equal opportunity employers, adaptive equipment is available upon request for individuals with disabilities.
 
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