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Kennebec Valley Community College expands offerings in Rockland

ROCKLAND, Maine - Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is expanding its regional access to courses and full academic programs this fall at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology (MCST) in Knox County. This initiative now enables mid-coast residents to earn a certificate in health sciences starting this fall. This certificate covers the pre-requisite coursework for students who wish to continue to nursing and other allied health programs at KVCC or other colleges in the state. In addition, starting in January 2020, mid-coast residents will be able to complete certificate programs to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) or advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) at MCST’s state-of-the-art facility that opened this week in Rockland.

Maine’s newest $25-million career and technical education center, located at 1 Main Street in Rockland, will serve high school students and adults from surrounding communities.

KVCC’s Rockland satellite location will offer the programs in a dedicated higher education suite located within the new MCST building. Such an arrangement will increase access to higher education for the populations of Knox County and the mid-coast region. 

The KVCC Health Science Certificate program is funded by the Maine Community College System (MCCS) Bring College to ME program, which supports targeted certificate and degree programs in high-demand, high-wage occupations to underserved areas. For eligible students that means there will be no tuition, fees or book costs for the courses offered through the Bring College to ME program at the KVCC satellite location at MCST.

“KVCC is very excited to offer courses and programs in Knox County in dedicated space at the new MCST building. This is a great opportunity for people from the greater Rockland area to have local delivery of KVCC programs without having to travel. It’s a privilege to partner with the Mid-Coast School of Technology and leverage their outstanding new facilities. Residents of Knox County will now have an affordable, high-quality option for getting the skills they need to succeed.” KVCC President Richard Hopper said.

This fall, KVCC is offering two of the courses required for the Health Science certificate: Anatomy and Physiology I and English 101.

Students will be able to attend all classes and complete the Health Science Certificate within two years at the Rockland location. The Emergency Medical Technician certificate program, starting in spring 2020, can be completed in just one semester.

Over the coming year KVCC plans to offer additional classes in Welding and Liberal Studies.

In the meantime, please note the following important dates related to the launch of the KVCC satellite location in Rockland.

Monday, September 9 – Ribbon cutting for the KVCC higher education suite at the new Mid-Coast School of Technology at 1 Main Street in Rockland from 2pm to 7pm. For more information, please contact MCST at (207) 594-2161.

Thursday, September 12 – KVCC admission event for prospective students in Knox County from 4pm to 7pm. There are currently 18 openings for the Health Science Certificate program in Rockland. Those interested in enrolling or asking questions may contact CJ McKenna at the KVCC Enrollment Services Center: Tel: (207) 453-5822.

Monday, September 23 – KVCC classes begin at MCST in Rockland.

KVCC serves about 2,500 students and has campuses in Fairfield and Hinckley, with satellite locations at the Buker Community Center in Augusta and now at Mid Coast School of Technology in Rockland.