FAIRFIELD — The following local organizations recently received Plum Creek Foundation grants, which are awarded quarterly:

* Kennebec Valley Community College Foundation, in Fairfield, recently added an associate of applied science degree in energy services technology. The $5,000 grant will help the college purchase equipment for an energy services technology lab. The program will help to lead the path in developing a strong green energy workforce.

* Kingfield POPS, in Kingfield, will use the $2,500 grant to upgrade equipment for its 10th anniversary concert and set the stage for improved music programming in 2012.

* Nokomis Regional High School, in Newport, will use the $3,000 grant to provide equipment for the “Ultimate Outdoors,” a new learning program that will emphasize the importance of academic achievement in the pursuit of outdoor related career paths. The program will serve the school’s general student population and specifically target students at risk for academic failure.

* Town of Skowhegan will use the $2,250 grant to help develop and finalize the entrance of the Whitten Brook Conservation Area. The area will help preserve the town’s environmental significance and educate youth about the importance of conservation through volunteering.

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