Alfond Foundation Gift Helps A Pair Of Schools 

The folks at Kennenec County Community College and Good Will-Hinckley were all smiles Monday.Governor LePage made the announcement during a ceremony at the Blaine House, a gift of nearly $11-million from the Harold Alfond Foundation was presented to the Maine Community College System and Good Will-Hinckley. “Remember it’s all about our kids,” LePage said. “This is the new pathway for students to discover. It’s a new route they can take to get to the next level. This is the type of out of the box thinking that our school administrators should be looking towards, because it truly is about our kids.”The grant agreement finalized Monday allows KVCC to purchase 600 acres and 13 buildings currently located at Good Will-Hinckley, which is 7 miles away from the KVCC campus in Fairfield. Those who knew him say this day would have made Harold Alfond proud. “He would be delighted to know that that these two institutions will not only be neighbors but partners,” said Gregory Powell, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at The Alfond Foundation. “Creating opportunities for Good Will students to access and transition into our community college system.”The total value of the transaction being announced today is $15.35 million. Of the $10.85 million Harold Alfond Foundation gift, $8.35 million will be awarded to the Maine Community College System for capital improvements to the new Kennebec Valley Community College campus, including $5 million to construct a new wing on the Averill/Alfond school and $3.35 million for campus upgrades and infrastructure. In addition, $1 million will be directed to the MCCS in support of its $4 million acquisition of the land and property at Good Will Hinckley. The balance of the Foundation’s gift – $1.5 million – will be allocated to Good Will-Hinckley to support school operations and the school’s needs in the future, including the funding of scholarships. A critical part of completing the transaction was a gift of $2.5 million from the newly formed Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges.The gift and purchase of the land and buildings will help KVCC, which has had to turn away students over the past decade, to boost their enrollment by as many as 2,000 students. It also helps to pave the way for Good Will-Hinckley to re-open its new magnet school. “I just want to say that if you think the only miracle that happened in the last 24 hours was a missed field goal this has elements of a nice miracle for us,” said Good Will-Hinckley President, and former Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, Glenn Cummings.Maine Community College President of the Maine Community College System John Fitzsimmons says this gift will benefit countless Mainers seeking an education. “Because of this magnificent gift thousands of Mainers will now have an opportunity to obtain a college degree and have a better life for themselves and their families,” Fitzsimmons said.Good Will-Hinckley President Glenn Cummings says at their lowest point, Good Will-Hinckley was forced to lay off more than 100 people and now, with the help of this gift, they can start to bring those people back. “We’ve been just in the last year able to hire about 7 or 8 of them back. But with the community college coming, we may not hire the same people, but they can bring another 100 jobs over time to this community that really desperately needs those jobs.”