Program Overview

Kennebec Community College has a Pulp and Paper technology program that offers an associate in applied science degree. This degree has a total of 63 credit hours to complete.

Second-year students are provided five more technology courses including the following; maintenance, process chemistry, process instrumentation and control, quality aspects of pulp and paper manufacturing and advance process control. 

The pulp and paper program mission is to provide the pulp and paper sector of the United States forest products industry with globally competitive, technologically advanced workforce. The pulp and paper program provides graduates with basic, technical background to be effective employees in the industry. All graduates will be able to master the fundamentals of pulp and papermaking, and are qualified to perform as engineering/technical and operating personnel. 

Many courses in the program are aimed at making graduates effective communicators, as well as having interpersonal relation skills that will help them strive in the industrial environment. The pulp and paper program places graduates in an excellent position to attain good and highly paid careers in the industries. 

A few educational outcomes the graduate is expected to do is demonstrate competency in basic pulp and paper technology and math and fundamental technology skills. Graduates will be able to effectively communicate and work with their peers and supervisors. Finally, graduates will be qualified to become quality employees in the pulp and paper related industries.


There are many career opportunities available for the pulp and paper graduates and Kennebec community college. Graduates may also be considered by the industry as candidates for employment as engineering assistants, lab personal, or line supervisors.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions

    School Overview

    Kennebec Valley Community College is a public two-year school located in Fairfield, Maine. KVCC was established in 1969 as one of the seven colleges in the Maine Community College System. Many students choose to receive their associate’s degree here and then move on to an affiliate four-year institution to earn their bachelor’s degree. Kennebec Valley Community College offers certificates of completion and associate’s degrees in the following programs: health sciences, computer science, business administration and various trades programs.

    Distance learning classes are for the convenience of students so that they can complete coursework on their own time. All instruction will be done online and no on-campus class sessions will be held. Hybrid classes are also available where students mostly attend class online but are required to come on campus for a few class sessions.


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