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KVCC and Northern Pride Communications partner to offer no-cost cell tower training beginning Sept. 2 thanks to Maine Quality Center grant

Posted Aug. 13, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 20, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.

FAIRFIELD, ME – Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) and Northern Pride Communications have jointly developed an education and training program to prepare individuals for system installer positions with the Topsham-based telecommunications company.

This 258-hour program will be offered at no cost to qualified Maine residents thanks to funding from a Maine Quality Centers grant.

The program will run from Sept. 2 to Oct. 15 with training taking place on weekdays primarily at KVCC’s Fairfield campus. Registration is now underway with an Aug. 21 deadline. Registrants will be required to take an Accuplacer test on Aug. 25 and attend an orientation on Aug. 27.

To be eligible for the program, Maine residents must have earned a high school diploma or GED and have reliable transportation and time to attend all training. Applicants will be screened by KVCC for math and reading comprehension.

Applicants must be physically capable of standing for up to 8 hours per day, lifting and carrying at least 80 pounds, and climbing heights in excess of 100 feet.

The training will include 8 hours of CPR/First Aid training, 10 hours of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training, and 240 hours of tower technician training.

Those who successfully complete the training will be prepared to interview for system installer jobs with Northern Pride Communications. The company provides telecommunication services including site construction, maintenance, and repair.

To learn more about the program call Flora Stack at 207-453-5014 or email fstack@kvcc.me.edu.

The Maine Community College System’s Maine Quality Centers program encourages businesses to locate or expand operations in Maine by providing customized workforce training at no cost to the business or to trainees. The education and training programs are coordinated and delivered through Maine’s seven community colleges. Learn more about the program at http://www.mccs.me.edu/business/mqc.html.

KVCC is one of seven community colleges in Maine that operate under the authority of the Maine Community College System Board of Trustees. KVCC is a public, non-profit, post-secondary institution supported in part by state legislative appropriations and federal funds.

The College offers more than 35 programs of study ranging from two-year associate degrees to certificates, as well as a comprehensive schedule of continuing education and professional development courses and business and industry outreach programs.

Learn more about KVCC at www.kvcc.me.edu.

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