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Passage of 2013 Bond to Strengthen
Maine's Community Colleges and the State's Economy

On Tuesday, November 5, Maine voters approved a $15.5 million bond issue to enable the state’s seven community colleges to prepare more Maine people for high wage/high demand jobs. The bond will make possible the following investments at each of the colleges.

  • Central Maine Community College (Auburn): $2.35 million for a new building that will house science labs, classrooms, and new technologies to expand existing high demand degree programs and add new ones.

  • Eastern Maine Community College (Bangor): $2.45 million to expand Maine Hall, the college's main academic building. The new addition will include classrooms, laboratories, and student life space to strengthen and expand the college's academic programs.

  • Kennebec Valley Community College (Fairfield/Hinckley): $2 million to renovate and add space to strengthen and expand the college's precision machining, electrical lineworker, culinary arts, and early childhood degree programs. Funds will also enable KVCC to improve air quality systems, remove hazardous materials, purchase classroom technology, and retrofit and expand agricultural structures.

  • Northern Maine Community College (Presque Isle): $900,000 to convert Aroostook Hall into classrooms, labs, and offices that will enable the college to expand its allied health programs. Funds will also enable energy efficiencies and the purchase of new classroom equipment.

  • Southern Maine Community College (South Portland/Brunswick): $3.4 million to renovate buildings at the new Brunswick campus to add classrooms and labs, as well as space for student support services and offices. The bond will also fund new classroom technologies to increase the capacity of the college's integrated manufacturing program on the South Portland campus.

  • Washington County Community College (Calais): $1 million to upgrade, retrofit, and equip key academic buildings that will support and strengthen programs in heavy equipment maintenance and operation, health sciences, and powersports equipment/small engine technology.

  • York County Community College (Wells): York County Community College (Wells): $3.4 million for the construction of a new academic building to address overcrowding and expand offerings in the college's associate degree and workforce development programs. The building will include classrooms and laboratories and an expanded student learning center.