FAIRFIELD & HINCKLEY, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is now enrolling students in new programs and options for the Fall 2015 semester including a unique two-year degree in Sustainable Design-Build (Timber-Frame).
The new Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Sustainable Design-Build is the first program of its kind in Maine and is designed to meet growing demand for builders with sustainable design-build and traditional timber-frame construction skills.
Timber-frame construction and the art of joinery - joining together pieces of wood to produce more complex items – are skills not currently taught at any college in Maine.
Major renovations to Nutter Field House at KVCC’s Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley are now underway to create the joinery lab where the program will eventually be housed. Classes begin Sept. 8.
KVCC will also launch a new one-year certificate program in Welding for the fall semester, taking advantage of KVCC’s new welding lab on the Fairfield campus. The lab has been used extensively this year for a series of welding courses and the new certificate program will build on that success while meeting growing demand for certified welders in Maine.
Existing programs at KVCC are also offering new options this fall. These include:
▪ A new part-time evening option for the Medical Assisting program. A new simulation laboratory designed to duplicate a working healthcare provider office is also being created for the program.
▪ A new evening certificate option for the Electrical Technology program, designed to be taken on a part-time basis. The program will take two school years to complete and will be offered through evening classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.
▪ An online option for the Mental Health program. This will be the first fully online program of its kind in Maine. The Mental Health program will also be offering new courses utilizing mobile technology and new equipment including tablet computers to better prepare graduates for actual working conditions in the field.
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