FAIRFIELD — Kennebec Valley Community College held a grand reopening and ribbon cutting event for its precision machining technology laboratory recently, following major bond and grant-funded improvements and equipment upgrades to the facility over the past year.

The event was attended by local legislators, industry representatives, business owners and invited guests. A public open house followed the ribbon cutting, according to a KVCC news release.

Improvements have been funded by bond money approved by voters in the November 2013 election and by a Maine Community Development Block Grant awarded to Fairfield through the Workforce Development Program in April. Approximately $300,000 has been spent, with $375,000 total spending planned by the time improvements and additions are completed in the spring of 2015.

The new laboratory features three state-of-the-art Haas four-axis computer numerical control milling machines, 10 Haas control simulators, a Mitutoyo coordinate measuring machine, two GT mini CNC lathes, computers with Mastercam computer-aided design and manufacturing software, eletrical upgrades, construction and more. They money will also provide scholarships to students to buy laptop computers and software.

“KVCC is thrilled to upgrade our precision machining lab and infrastructure thanks to support from Maine voters and from the town of Fairfield. This is a tremendous investment in KVCC, an investment in mid-Maine, an investment in our workforce, and an investment in local manufacturing capacity,” Dr. Richard Hopper, president of KVCC, said in the release.

The program offers students a two-year associate in applied science degree and a one-year certificate. Twenty-eight students are currently enrolled in the program. For more information, call 453-5822.

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