On Wednesday May 9, 2012, Kennebec Valley Community Campus unveiled its plans for the use of its new 700 acre campus once owned by the Goodwill-Hinckley School. I met with President Woodlee and staff members several weeks ago to present the idea of creating a horse park on the campus that would support Maine's horse industry. KVCC staff members have been working for months on a plan for the best use of the facility. Staff members have met with members of the agricultural community to discuss the development of an agricultural curriculum appropriate for a two-year community college. My thoughts were to bring representatives of Maine's horse industry to the table to discuss possibilities that would support all aspects of Maine's horse industry. KVCC with its roots as a vocational-technical school, it would seem quite appropriate to create curriculum at both the certificate and associate degree levels that would help graduating students enter Maine's horse industry or support existing members of the industry through classes improving the knowledge and skills of those already in the business.
This article provides the overall development plan. However, please note that one of the suggestions offered at the public hearing was the inclusion of a trotting park for horses on the property. The KVCC planners are open to suggestions and ideas for appropriate and best use of the new campus. Perhaps there is a use that supports Maine's horse industry!
From the May 11, 2012 issue of the Kennebec Journal