Work-Based Learning Awards to NH Community College Graduate, Instructor, Corporate Partner

Work-Based Learning Awards to NH Community College Graduate, Instructor, Corporate Partner

For Immediate Release
September 25, 2018


Work-Based Learning Awards to NH Community College Graduate, Instructor, Corporate Partner

Concord, NH - The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) congratulates our graduate, faculty member and corporate partner who were honored on Sept. 25 with a Work-Based Learning Award in conjunction with the NH Department of Education and the National Governor’s Association, at an event featuring NH Gov. Chris Sununu.  Work-based Learning enables students to connect theory to practice within their chosen field.  In a competitive labor market, work-based learning such as internships and co-ops also can also help employers assess and recruit future employees.  CCSNH awardees are:

Ryan Thomas, Manchester Community College graduate, Nursing, Student Recognition.  Excellence and opportunity:  Ryan’s first clinical experience as a freshman nursing student at Manchester Community College (MCC)  was at Parkland Medical Center, where he had the opportunity to practice basic assessment skills while learning and working alongside the hospital staff RNs. He was hired as a licensed nursing assistant at Parkland Medical Center while continuing in MCC’s nursing program. As a student, in subsequent clinical rotations, he was able to apply theory in real practice, was mentored by staff RNs, and obtained the knowledge, judgment and skills required of a registered nurse. Due to his exceptional attention to detail, compassion and emphasis on patient focused care, after graduating with his ASN, Ryan was offered a position in the first class of Parkland’s StarRN nurse residency program.

Jayne Barnes, Instructor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nashua Community College, Teacher Champion.  Trailblazer and mentor: Professor Barnes has been a leader at NCC in promoting Work-Based Learning for over a decade, most notably facilitating internships for NCC students.  Jayne created partnerships with several community based agencies to accept NCC student interns.  Students used these experiences to help clarify their own personal and professional aspirations, and many students were offered jobs right out of their fieldwork. “Jayne has done a phenomenal job of working with community organizations and providing students the opportunity to connect theory to practice in an authentic setting,” said NCC Vice President Robyn Griswold. “She is now mentoring other faculty to help expand our Work Based Learning opportunities.”

Tim Jordan, AutoFair Ford Service Manager, Industry Partner Champion.  Corporate partner who inspires and empowers students: Tim Jordan is a leader in engaging Manchester Community College (MCC) automotive technology students in work-based learning. He has guided, empowered, and mentored more than 40 MCC students and been engaged in student learning for more than 25 years.  Students have described him as patient, hands on, and a phenomenal mentor. “Tim is the model for how work based learning should be organized,” said Marc Bellerose, MCC’s Automotive Technology department chair. “He basically created a best practices approach for the MCC – AutoFair Ford partnership.”


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.