Community College System of NH Selected for ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs program

Community College System of NH Selected for ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs program

April 10, 2017

Community College System of NH Selected for ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs program

Concord, NH - Because of the work being done by the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) to support and advance the goals of ApprenticeshipUSA, CCSNH has been selected for the ApprenticeshipUSA LEADERs program.  Goals include enhancing Registered Apprenticeship opportunities within the information technology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing sectors.  In November, CCSNH was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration in 2016.

As part of the LEADERs program, CCSNH will receive national recognition as a leader in addressing the challenges of developing a skilled workforce; will receive customized technical assistance and support from a national network of Registered Apprenticeship staff and consultants; and will have enhanced opportunities to learn from peer networks and receive advice and best practices from other LEADERs across the country.

“Concerns about workforce gaps and shortages are real and require focused efforts to provide real world skills to workers. The Registered Apprenticeship model is a proven strategy, and we look forward to using these additional resources to ensure that our efforts in New Hampshire represent sound best practices to help get more individuals work ready,” said Gerardo Zayas Jr., ApprenticeshipUSA-NH Grant Manager for CCSNH.

ApprenticeshipUSA, which is a U.S. Department of Labor program, offers employers in every industry the tools to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business. Key goals include transforming the image of Registered Apprenticeship; recruiting leaders and champions to promote Registered Apprenticeship in new industries and advance innovative Registered Apprenticeship models; creating mechanisms and infrastructure to support industry-based expansion efforts; and building public-private partnerships and other mechanisms to accelerate Registered Apprenticeship adoption and innovation.

The grant supports the development of new Registered Apprenticeship opportunities, provides funding for tuition, and supports 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. A number of Registered Apprenticeship Information Sessions are taking place across the state. 

To learn more contact Gerardo Zayas at (603) 230-3541 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, 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.