Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation

Leading the path to success

aka KVCC Foundation   |   FAIRFIELD, ME   |  https://www.kvcc.me.edu/foundation/

Mission

The KVCC Foundation engages supporters to invest in students, faculty, and programs to empower individuals and to build stronger communities. We achieve this goal by raising funds to promote and support all educational programs; to provide state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and to ensure access through scholarship funds for students.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Michelle Webb Robicheau

Main address

92 WESTERN AVE

FAIRFIELD, ME 04937 USA

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Formerly known as

Kennebec Valley Technical College Foundation

EIN

01-0471173

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

KVCC seeks to attract, retain, and provide employable credentials and degrees to enhance and support Maine's workforce. The lack of skilled and credentialed workers has become a crisis in Maine. 59.74% of Maine residents over 25 years lack a two- or four-year degree. Of that, 19.54% have some college, but no degree. In KVCC’s catchment areas, 20.7% of Kennebec, 18.8% of Somerset, and 18.5% of Knox county residents have started but not completed a degree. 30,563 residents of Somerset, Kennebec, and Knox counties have started but not completed a college degree. KVCC is committed to solving the local workforce shortage and achieving the statewide goal to ensure that by 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold the credentials of value that position Maine and its families for success.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

KVCC Foundation Scholarships

KVCC students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and face many challenges and barriers to reaching their personal, professional, and academic goals. KVCC Foundation scholarships are awarded to KVCC students demonstrating financial need and are essential to removing financial barriers that stand in the way of degree completion.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

KVCC seeks to remain an important contributor to Maine’s economy by preparing residents for workforce entry and advancement, increasing the earnings potential of KVCC graduates, and through payroll, operations, and capital improvements. As a partner in Maine’s goal to achieve an employable degree/credential of 60% of Maine’s workforce aged population by 2025, KVCC will ultimately reduce regional poverty by increasing educational attainment and employability.

In 2015, KVCC established a five-year comprehensive strategic plan (KVCC 2020)11 to position the institute to be the first choice for higher education in mid-Maine and beyond. The plan is organized around four strategic goals which serve as guideposts to underpin the many specific decisions made by the College. Goal 1: KVCC enrollment is expanded by academic year 2020-2021. Objective 1.1: increase FTE (full-time equivalent) enrollment; 1.2: improve student retention/transfer, completion, and employment. Goal 2: KVCC is recognized regionally for quality in post-secondary education and professional training. Objective 2.1: maintain regional accreditation status (complete 10-year accreditation review); 2.2a: maintain a minimum 93% certification/licensure exam success rate; 2.2b: maintain program specialized accreditation, certifications, and program evaluations; 2.3: be recognized as the best-value in postsecondary education. Goal 3: KVCC institutional operations are effective and efficient. Objective 3.1: develop and support KVCC employees and students; 3.2: Maintain a secure, reliable, and integrated technology infrastructure to enable innovative uses of technology in administration ad business systems to support excellence in education; 3.3: identify infrastructure needs and report on investment to help address those needs; 3.4: use data at all levels of the institution to inform decisions, practice, and policy. Goal 4: KVCC contributes to the economic and social development of the surrounding community, local businesses, and employers in the mid-Maine region. Objective 4.1: establish the KVCC Institute of Professional Development for Business and Industry; 4.2: raise the learning and brand of KVCC through civic responsibility and engagement in the mid-Maine community.

KVCC is currently developing its strategic plan for the next five years.

To realize many of the above goals and objectives, KVCC has built a student-first campus culture with processes, policies, and student support systems that take a holistic approach to decreasing barriers and increasing persistence and graduation outcomes. Leveraged community resources and partnerships will better enable KVCC to provide wraparound or targeted strategies and services such as student navigation and advising, coaching, student employment, mental health services, benefits access, and affordable child care. Continued professional development will build staff and faculty capacity for strength-based approaches to ascertaining the needs of KVCC students, including those of special populations such as veterans, first-generation, those with disabilities, low-income, and those who are parents. Grants and donations help the KVCC Foundation to increase available student resources and services and better prepare students, faculty, staff, and navigators to realize college success outcomes.

Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) is a comprehensive public community college providing high-quality degree, certificate, and workforce credentials in a welcoming student-centered environment. KVCC offers more than 30 two-year associate degree programs, 15 one-year diploma or certificate programs, and a vast array of non-credit professional development and workforce credential training. To ensure quality and accessibility, KVCC provides student-centered instruction in a variety of formats and locations. The KVCC Fairfield campus hosts trade, technical, nursing, and allied health programs including Business, Welding, Energy Services Technology, Electrical Technology, Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, and Occupational Therapy Assistant. The Harold Alfond Campus, in Hinckley, houses a variety of programs including Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Lineworker Technology, Mental Health Technology, and Psychology. The Buker Center in Augusta provides math, science, general education, and Medical Assisting course options for Augusta-area students. More than 180 high school students complete KVCC courses each year through dual and concurrent enrollment programs across the state and a partnership with the Mid Coast School of Technology.

KVCC was the only community college in Maine named to the 2017 Aspen Institute’s list of the top 150 community colleges in the nation. Institutions named to the Aspen Institute's list demonstrate high student persistence, completion, and transfer outcomes; consistent long-term retention and graduation outcomes, and strong equity in outcomes for students of all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Student and retention success outcomes are realized because of KVCC’s high-quality workforce relevant academic instruction and strong student support resources and supports. Student resources include: TRiO to provide academic advising, intensive tutoring, mentoring, financial literacy, and comprehensive supports necessary to increase degree completion rates of low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities; Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) to provide a College and Career Specialist (student navigator) to work with students who participated in JMG while in high school; EMBARK to provide a student navigator and scholarship funds to students selected while in high school to support college and career pathways. Resources and supports also include on-campus mental health, counseling, and disability services, the Learning Commons, the Honors Program, the KVCC Food Pantry, and KVCC Foundation and other financial aid and scholarship programs. The KVCC Early Childhood Education program facilitates family playgroup activities which connect students, children, families, and whole-family service organizations through Discovery Groups held on the KVCC Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley. The Maine CareerCenter's former Skowhegan office is now located on the KVCC Alfond Campus.

The KVCC Foundation awarded more than $200,ooo to 254 KVCC students in the form of scholarships during the last academic year. The average. The average scholarship award is $945, nearly the amount necessary to cover the average cost of three three-credit KVCC courses($335 per course average). The KVCC Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarship funds in the past six years. However, funding is still necessary to reduce barriers for a greater percentage of KVCC students. As KVCC enrolls approximately 1,600 degree-seeking students each year, the current capacity of the KVCC Foundation only serves 15.8% of students enrolled. As 59% of KVCC students are low-income, there is certainly opportunity to assist a greater need given funding resources.

Financials

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Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dwight Littlefield