Legislative Testimony 2015

Legislative Testimony - Preserving Allied Health at KVCC

 

Maine State HouseDr. Richard Hopper, President of Kennebec Valley Community College, Barbara Larsson (Chair of Allied Health, Program Director of the KVCC Respiratory Therapy Program), and Dr. Ruben Perez (Program Director of the KVCC Sonography (Ultrasound Technology) Program), and nearly 20 supporters of our Allied Health Programs testified before the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs in Augusta on March 4th, 2015. These supporters represented hospitals, hospital systems, and clinics that depend on KVCC graduates, as well as practitioners who graduated from KVCC’s programs.

Testimony was provided in support of two bills being considered by our state’s legislature:

  • LD 127, “An Act to Preserve Programs in Allied Health at Kennebec Valley Community College”
  • LD 318, “An Act to Appropriate Funds to Kennebec Valley Community College for Programs in Allied Health”


Although this legislation was spearheaded by local hospitals and clinics and was not proposed by Kennebec Valley Community College, KV fully supports these two proposed bills.

Each speaker presented a unique view on why emergency state support for Respiratory Therapy and Sonography education is essential -- not just for KVCC or the mid-Maine region -- but for the entire state.

Speakers and their testimony: