CCSNH Awarded Grant to Strengthen Apprenticeships

CCSNH Awarded Grant to Strengthen Apprenticeships

For Immediate Release
October 25, 2016

Community College System of NH Awarded Grant to Strengthen Apprenticeships
Funds will support ApprenticeshipUSA program


Concord, NH – The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the US Department of Labor to enhance apprenticeship opportunities within the information technology, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.

“New Hampshire’s community colleges are continuing to create more work-based learning opportunities linked with education and training, that strengthen pathways to employment in the Granite State, in industry sectors that are critical to our state’s economy,” said Ross Gittell, CCSNH Chancellor. “In every region of NH, we are creating career pathways that enable NH residents to advance economically and contribute to our state’s quality of life.”

The program will help to connect employers with potential employees through apprenticeships.   The grant will support the development of new apprenticeship opportunities, provide funding for apprenticeship-related tuition, and support outreach to employers who wish to expand work-based learning at their sites.  Services will be coordinated with the WorkReadyNH program offered at NH’s community colleges, designed to help individuals build the soft-skills employers identify as necessary to workplace success.

The program was applauded by employers seeking to build a pipeline of skilled employees in high-need fields like healthcare. 

Chris Callahan, vice president of human resources at Exeter Health Resources, (Exeter Hospital, Core Physicians and Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice) stated , “Exeter Health Resources has been working in a highly collaborative manner with Great Bay Community College to address workforce shortages in the Greater Seacoast area.  Our hope is that the awarding of this grant will provide greater incentive to the healthcare industry to train potential employees for careers within the healthcare sector.  We see this training as the basis for lifetime employment and increased responsibility and wages over time.  We view apprenticeship programs as having a profound impact on the development of skills that will serve the residents of New Hampshire well.  Imparting these skills, and the certifications or licensure that accompanies many of these jobs, will meet an immediate labor market need and help these individuals grow in the healthcare field. We support the Community College System’s effort of pathway development for worker training through education and believe the apprenticeship model can go a long way toward a more efficient link between education and licensure in healthcare professions.”

“The Community College System of New Hampshire has been integral in our efforts to build an even stronger workforce in New Hampshire, helping to ensure that our young people are equipped with the skills, knowledge and innovative thinking needed for success in the good jobs of the 21st century,” Governor Hassan said. “The ApprenticeshipUSA grant will support the community college system’s efforts and build on other initiatives already underway to develop a stronger apprenticeship system in New Hampshire that is responsive to industry demand and allows for the inclusion of all Granite Staters. The future economic sustainability of New Hampshire depends greatly on our ability to provide a strong economic foundation where all citizens have access to great jobs that provide a sustainable wage and growth opportunity, and I was proud to support the community college system’s ApprenticeshipUSA grant to help us achieve that goal.”

For more information about apprenticeships, contact Charlotte Williams, 230-3534 or


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, 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.