Community College System Seeing Summer Enrollment Increase

Community College System Seeing Summer Enrollment Increase



Concord, NH – Enrollment at NH’s community colleges for the summer semester is up 4 percent over last summer by the measure of total credits sold, system officials reported today.  Nearly 6,000 students are enrolled in classes this summer across the system’s seven colleges.  Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH), said the enrollment figures are particularly encouraging for skilled workforce development.  He said offering additional courses in high-demand career fields plays a role, as well as the increased availability of online courses enabling students to fit courses into summer schedules.

Chancellor Gittell said the summer enrollment creates momentum across the seven colleges as they prepare for the fall semester, when students for the first time will see a 5 percent reduction in tuition, to $200/credit.  The community college system trustees approved the reduction in the spring, effective for the 2014-15 academic year that begins September 2.  The community college system had frozen tuition in four of the previous eight years, and was able to reduce it this year as a result of a commitment to affordability for students and through the support of the Governor and NH Legislature. 

“The community colleges offer students a high-quality education and pathways to high-demand, skilled careers,” said Chancellor Gittell.  “They provide a real economic benefit for students and their families, and for NH employers and taxpayers.  We are pleased with the summer enrollment and especially pleased that this fall students will see lower tuition at NH’s community colleges.”   

Chancellor Gittell also noted that a variety of factors, some regional or program-specific, play into this summer’s figures.  Enrollment highlights from each college are below, with additional information available from the contact persons listed: 

Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, is experiencing strong growth this summer semester in advanced manufacturing, mathematics, and emergency medical technician courses. (Contact:  Larissa Baia, )

NHTI in Concord reports the most significant increases in science, math and technical courses.  And enrollment in NHTI’s online courses is up 22 percent over last summer.   (Contact:  Alan Blake,

At Manchester Community College, online enrollment increased by 8 percent  from last summer and a number of summer classes were filled to capacity including courses in business, the sciences and early childhood education. (Contact:  Vicky Jaffe, )

White Mountains Community College in Berlin is seeing strong growth in its welding programs, in advance of launching a new Advanced Welding Technology Degree that will be offered this fall.  (Contact:  Martha Laflamme, )

Great Bay Community College is seeing strong enrollment this summer in computer technologies, veterinary technology, advanced composites manufacturing, welding, math, and sciences. (Contact:  Lisa Proulx, )

River Valley Community College’s  new advanced manufacturing machine tool lab, which opened in April at the main campus in Claremont, is busy this summer semester with students enrolled in either the advanced manufacturing certificate program or a company-sponsored machining orientation “boot camp” program. (Contact:  Lynne Birmingham, )

At Nashua Community College enrollment continues to be strong in precision manufacturing, sciences and English.  Interest in criminal justice has increased with the addition of the associate degree program beginning this fall.  Enrollment is also holding strong in culinary arts as NCC is currently expanding its current dining facilities to include an on-campus culinary laboratory/classroom.  (Contact:  Dawn Kilcrease, )


 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 and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Littleton.  Each college is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges-Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.