CCSNHCommunity College System of New Hampshire
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In its first year, 25 students signed up for the pilot program at Great Bay Community College, according to Shannon Reid, CCSNH director of communications.
* What trends do you see developing in higher education and what is CCSNH doing to meet those needs?
To meet this need, CCSNH is enhancing support to adult learners and working adults, for example with weekend and evening programs, blended learning, flexible scheduling and on-site training at employer sites.
* How important is affordability and what is CCSNH doing to keep college affordable?
In addition to serving as a CCSNH trustee, Hitchcock is also a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, his alma mater.
Outgoing board chairman Paul Holloway, who is president of the Holloway Automotive Group, will remain on the board but step down as chair of the CCSNH board, a post he has held for 13 years.
Joining Hitchcock as CCSNH trustee officers are Kathy Bogle Shields of Canterbury, former executive director of the NH Community Development Finance Authority, who has been elected vice chair; Alison Stebbins of Portsmouth, chief financial officer of Coolcore in Portsmouth, treasurer; and Kim Trisciani of Manchester, a member of the United Associations' Local 131, Plumbers & Steamfitters and an employee at FW Webb Co.
CCSNH is working with New Hampshire's Office of Apprenticeship and partnering with the NH High Tech Council on outreach, to engage interested employers in the IT, health care and advanced manufacturing sectors.
"Under his leadership, the system has made important steps forward and navigated through challenging waters," said Paul Holloway, chair of the CCSNH board.
While headlines that indicated "Lebanon College to reopen" were inaccurate, continuing its heritage by having CCSNH offer courses in the same space is a hopeful development, and making scholarships available to it from the small restricted endowment funds now operated by the Charitable Foundation, will at least continue the educational mission in the same location.
Kuster, D-N.H., had played a pivotal role in the expansion because Kuster orchestrated the partnership between CCSNH and USDA, which funded the new project in part thanks to language Kuster championed in the 2014 Farm Bill directing the USDA to work more closely with community colleges across the country.