New trade and technical programs offered fall 2013
New programs offered this fall at YCCC, EMCC, KVCC and WCCC are addressing the demand for skilled workers in Maine's pulp and paper, manufacturing and other key industries
- Thanks to a collaborative effort between YCCC and several large area employers, the college has launched a new precision machining technology program. Pratt & Whitney contributed $190,000 to purchase equipment. General Dynamics and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard were also involved in the program's development. The new two-year associate degree program and one-year certificate option in precision machining operations are being offered in Sanford.
- Students can now enroll in a new EMCC associate degree program in pulp and paper production technology. The program is being offered at the Bangor campus and in Bucksport via video conference. The program was created with support from Verso Paper, the Town of Bucksport, and RSU 25.
- KVCC's new associate degree in sustainable agriculture provides students with the technical and small business skills needed to manage or develop a small farm or agricultural business. The program is located at KVCC's 120-acre farm at the new Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley.
- YCCC's new two-year associate degree program in veterinary technology provides students with skills in animal healthcare and management and prepares them for employment at veterinary hospitals, clinics, medical laboratories and in pet-related industries.
- A new associate degree program in behavioral health studies at YCCC is designed to prepare students to pursue employment in the mental health field.
- WCCC's new powersport equipment/small engine technician program provides students with the skills they need for maintaining and repairing a variety of outdoor equipment. "There is a huge demand for this course," said Ron O'Brien, WCCC's mechanical department chair. "A lot of dealers are looking to us to help train future employees."