Alfond Foundation Makes a Dream a Reality
Harold Alfond dreamed bigger than most of us, and through his foundation his big dreams continue with this remarkable gift to the people of Maine.
John Fitzsimmons, President
Maine Community College System
The Harold Alfond Foundation has announced a $10.85 million gift to the Maine Community College System (MCCS) and the Good Will-Hinckley (GWH) school that will enable the MCCS to expand the capacity of Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield by an additional 1,500-2,000 students. With the gift, the MCCS will purchase 700 acres and 13 buildings at Good Will-Hinckley. It will also expand an existing academic building and make needed upgrades to the campus infrastructure.
Kennebec Valley Community College has doubled in size in the past decade (to over 2,500 students) and has limited room to expand on its Fairfield campus, which the college will continue to operate and which is located eight miles from the new campus. The Maine Community College System's acquisition of the Good Will-Hinckley property will enable KVCC to address its immediate capacity issues and meet the state's workforce development needs in the future.
"This investment will create a new college campus and will mean that 1,500 more Maine people have access to a college education. It is a gift that will transform the lives of generations of Maine people," said MCCS President John Fitzsimmons in expressing his appreciation.
Additional funds to assist the MCCS with property acquisition, campus upgrades, and start-up costs include a gift of $2.5 million from The Foundation for Maine's Community Colleges. In addition, the State of Maine has appropriated $750,000 to support annual operating costs at the new campus.