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Central Maine Power Continues Support of KVCC with Donation of Bucket Truck
AUGUSTA, Maine, March 3, 2011 — Central Maine Power Company is continuing its long tradition of supporting vocational education with the donation of a used bucket truck to Kennebec Valley Community College’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program. The truck is the latest of many donations the utility has made to the program over the years.
“We deeply appreciate the outstanding support CMP has provided our Electrical Lineworker Technology program over the years,” said KVCC President Barbara Woodlee. “The success and strength of this program reflects CMP’s commitment to quality education.”
The one-year program at KVCC provides students with the technical background and manual skills necessary for careers in the installation and maintenance of electrical power, telephone, and cable television systems. More than 350 students have completed the program since its inception at KVCC in 1990.
“The lineworker training program is a perfect example of aligning education with the needs of local business,” said Tom DePeter, director of Electric Distribution at CMP and a member of the KVCC Board of Directors. “Our partnership with KVCC opens the door to a great career for students at the school, and it helps companies like ours that need skilled employees who are committed to working safely and providing good customer service.”
In prior years, CMP has made similar donations of cash, poles, bucket trucks, and other goods and services to KVCC’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program. More recently, the utility established an endowment to fund scholarships for deserving students enrolled in the program.
More information on this and other programs can be found at the college’s Web site: http://www.kvcc.me.edu.
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Above: Central Maine Power Co. Director of Electric Distribution Tom DePeter, left, hands the keys of a donated bucket truck to Kennebec Valley Community College President Barbara Woodlee as Electrical Lineworker Technology instructor Greg Heikkinen and State Rep. John Picchiotti (R-Fairfield) look on.
Above and below: Kennebec Valley Community College Electrical Lineworker Technology students get some hands-on training at KVCC’s Fairfield campus. Central Maine Power Co. has been a strong supporter of the program since its inception, and provides yearly donations of cash, equipment, and expertise.
About KVCC: Kennebec Valley Community College, one of the seven colleges in the Maine Community College System, is a commuter college located on a sixty-four acre campus in central Maine. KVCC was organized in 1969 by the 104th Maine Legislature and the first classes began in the fall of 1970, with 35 full-time and 131 part-time students. Since then, KVCC has undergone many changes and has grown to an enrollment of nearly 2,500 full and part-time students in credit courses for the fall semester, 2010. In addition, KVCC offers a comprehensive schedule of continuing education courses and business and industry outreach programs.
About CMP and Iberdrola USA: CMP, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, is Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution company, serving more than 600,000 customers. The company has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction three times by J.D. Power and Associates. Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company with more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. We are a team of dedicated individuals working as one to deliver value to our customers, employees and shareholders. By providing outstanding customer service and exceptional reliability, while holding safety and the environment in high regard, we aspire to be a world-class energy company.
For more information, visit www.cmpco.com and www.iberdrolausa.com.