Graduations Held Across the State
More than 2,300 students will be awarded credentials at graduation events across New Hampshire’s seven community colleges this month. From nurses to software developers, hospitality managers to automotive technicians, students across the state and ranging in age from 18-67 have acquired the skills to advance economically and help their communities and local businesses thrive.
Of the 2,340 graduates walking across the stage at community college graduations this Spring, 1,784 will receive an associate degree, and 556 will receive a certificate, diploma or professional certificate (with specific competencies and industry certifications in particular fields).
More than half the students at NH’s community colleges attend college part-time, and graduation signifies an achievement long awaited and worked for. Community colleges are institutions where traditional-age college students learn alongside older career-changers; where single parents gain job skills and first generation college students experience the transformative effects of higher education. For all graduates, the investment they have made in their education puts them at a considerable advantage. Research indicates that nearly two-thirds of the job openings projected through 2018 will require some college education – about evenly split between bachelor’s degrees and associate degrees or other postsecondary education.
Ninety-five percent of the students at New Hampshire’s community colleges are New Hampshire residents, so their achievements have a direct impact on the quality of life in the State, the professional services we all receive, and the skill level of our workforce.
Programs with the highest number of graduates include allied health (numerous specific clinical disciplines like nursing, diagnostic imaging, respiratory therapy and surgical technology, as well as administrative fields such as medical coding and health information management), computer technologies, and business fields. The community colleges continue to see high numbers in liberal arts programs, which are typically chosen by students planning to transfer to a four-year college after taking the general education courses common to many academic disciplines. The increasing popularity of transfer programs indicates that more students each year are taking advantage of the ability to enroll at a community college for the first two years of a 4-year college program – at a much lower cost.
CCSNH is proud of our graduates and gratified to have played a role in helping them achieve such an important milestone. Whether they go on to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or enter the skilled workforce immediately, we look forward to the contributions they will make to New Hampshire’s economy and quality of life.