Community College System of NH, Bank of America to announce Grant to Support Dual Credit “Running Start” Program for NH High School Students

Community College System of NH, Bank of America to announce Grant to Support Dual Credit “Running Start” Program for NH High School Students

November 22, 2017

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Community College System of NH, Bank of America to announce Grant to Support Dual Credit “Running Start” Program for NH High School Students

Event will highlight impact and uses of funds

What:  Public Event to Announce Grant
When:  Friday Dec. 1, 11:00 AM
Where:  NHTI, Concord’s Community College, Grappone Hall Foyer (see campus map at  https://www.nhti.edu/sites/default/files/content/documents/nhtimap.pdf )
For more Information contact Beth Doiron, CCSNH Director of College Access Programs, bdoiron@ccsnh.edu or 230-3530

Concord, NH – The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) and Bank of America NH (BoA) will hold a public event Friday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 AM to announce a grant that will enable more NH high school student to access college courses through CCSNH’s Running Start program.  The announcement will take place at NHTI, Concord’s Community College in the foyer of Grappone Hall.  The event will be attended by students and teachers from Pinkerton and Concord High Schools, along with college officials and instructors.  Ken Sheldon, New Hampshire Market President, Bank of America, will present the grant to CCSNH officials.

The $100,000 grant is a three-year commitment from BoA to expand the pipeline of high school students taking dual credit courses through CCSNH’s Running Start program, which enables students to take courses at their high schools that confer both high school and college credit, and gives them a head start on a college pathway.  Funds will support CCSNH’s efforts to meet NH workforce needs by encouraging students along a post-secondary pathway in high-demand fields. 

The grant will be used to pay the costs of “discovery days,” where high schoolers will visit the community colleges to learn about academic programs and meet with advisors about pathways to college and careers.  A portion of the funding will be used to purchase course materials students will need for the dual credit courses.  The grant will also fund professional development for high school teachers to teach the college-level courses, and to pay for testing fees for the students. 

“We’re honored to partner with organizations like the Community College System of New Hampshire, that are building pathways for young individuals to achieve long-term success,” said Ken Sheldon, New Hampshire Market President, Bank of America. “By connecting young adults to the education and workforce development opportunities critical to a high quality of life, we are cultivating a sustainable New Hampshire economy.”

 “We are very grateful to Bank of America for a gift that enables us to plan over a three-year period activities that can increase the number of NH students pursuing postsecondary education and training  here in New Hampshire,” said CCSNH chancellor Ross Gittell.  “The funds will be targeted to have maximum impact and remove obstacles students face in realizing college aspirations.”

About CCSNH: The Community College System of NH consists of seven colleges, offering associate degree and certificate programs, professional training, transfer pathways to four-year degrees, and dual-credit partnerships with NH high schools. The System’s colleges are Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Rochester; Lakes Region Community College in Laconia; Manchester Community College; Nashua Community College; NHTI – Concord’s Community College; River Valley Community College in Claremont, Lebanon and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Littleton and North Conway.  The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.

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