Seacoast Harley-Davidson sponsors new Great Bay Community College certification program for motorcycle technicians

Seacoast Harley-Davidson sponsors new Great Bay Community College certification program for motorcycle technicians

June 29, 2017

Seacoast Harley-Davidson sponsors new Great Bay Community College certification program for motorcycle technicians

Newly-launched Certificate in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology offers local option to learn motorcycle service, repair and maintenance

North Hampton, New Hampshire – Just as warmer weather brings more bikers to NH’s roadways, a unique sponsorship between a motorcycle dealership and local community college has brought a new motorcycle training certificate program to the Granite State. This fall, Great Bay Community College will launch its new Certificate in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology thanks to a sponsorship from Seacoast Harley-Davidson, offering a rare opportunity to study the trade in New Hampshire, and in a real-world setting as the classes will take place at Seacoast Harley-Davidson’s North Hampton dealership.

“This sponsorship is the first of its kind that we know of in this field, especially in this area,” said Al Contois, owner of Seacoast Harley-Davidson. “Given that New Hampshire ranks second in the nation for motorcycle ownership on a per capita basis, the ability to work with Great Bay Community College to create a brand-new program based on an identified community need is exciting and empowering for local businesses like ours.”

Classes for the 24-week Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology Certificate will be held at Seacoast Harley-Davidson’s North Hampton dealership on Route 1, where the company is constructing a new lab in preparation for the first cohort of students that will begin the program in September. Instructors from GBCC and master technicians from Seacoast Harley-Davidson will prepare students for work in the increasingly sophisticated and complex field of motorcycle technology through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on skill development.

“As with many technical occupations, connecting employers with the next generation of skilled workers is an important priority that requires working together and creative thinking,” said Will Arvelo, GBCC president. “We appreciate and enjoy when local businesses - such as Seacoast Harley-Davidson – take initiative to help create training opportunities that enable students and businesses to thrive, because it’s precisely why GBCC exists in the first place.”

The certificate was prompted by the need for a local training option, as most of the schools that specialize in certifications for motorcycle technicians are in the south or southeast and too far away to be affordable and accessible for most New Hampshire residents. GBCC and the team at Seacoast Harley-Davidson were also in the unique position to provide classroom and lab space for the program with the additional benefit of building relationships with community members and the prospect of bringing new jobs to the area. Seacoast Harley-Davidson worked closely with GBCC to develop curriculum, student supply lists, and insight into the skills valued most by employers. By hosting the entire program at the dealership, students gain familiarity -and thus confidence – with working in a high-tech maintenance facility.

The program has been approved for financial aid and enrollment is currently open to anyone interested in building a career in motorcycle service, repair and maintenance. Admission requirements include a completed application, proof of high school completion or equivalent, and a valid motorcycle license.

To learn more about the new Certificate in Motorcycle Maintenance and Repair Technology, creating specialized training programs for current of future employees, or to apply to the program, please visit, call 427-7600 or email

Photo: Seacoast Harley-Davidson Technician, Jared Midwood

About Great Bay Community College

Great Bay Community College is a comprehensive postsecondary institution offering quality academic and professional and technical education in support of workforce development and lifelong learning. Great Bay Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a public system of higher education consisting of seven colleges in Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth.  The colleges offer Associate degrees and career training in technical, professional and general fields, including transfer pathways to baccalaureate degrees. The college’s second campus, the Advanced Technology & Academic Center is now open in Rochester offering academic courses and a degree program in Advanced Composites Manufacturing.   For more information on Great Bay Community College, visit