River Valley Community College to Formally Open Lebanon Academic Center August 25

River Valley Community College to Formally Open Lebanon Academic Center August 25

August 22, 2016

River Valley Community College to Formally Open Lebanon Academic Center August 25

Addressing the need for a physical presence in the Upper Valley, River Valley Community College (RVCC) will hold a grand opening celebration on August 25 as it formally opens its new Lebanon Academic Center. The general public is invited to attend the grand opening, which runs from 3-6 p.m. and will include food, music, tours, program information and family fun. Classes begin at the center on August 29.

Located at 15 Hanover Street in downtown Lebanon, the Center will be a hub for workforce development and business and industry training and will offer courses in business information technology and liberal arts and humanities. The Center, which is the former home of Lebanon College, has been fully renovated through a combination of loans and grants and will provide a low cost, local higher education alternative to those in the Upper Valley.

“We’re looking forward to having a significant physical presence in the region and working closely with many of the businesses and organizations in the area to help them grow and provide customized education and training businesses to help meet workforce demand,” said Alicia Harvey-Smith, president of RVCC. “During the renovation phase, we’ve been working with two of the region’s top employers, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical center and Hypertherm, to make sure the facility is set up to provide the necessary industry-relevant academic and professional resources these and other organizations need now and into the future.”

The Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission and U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, helped develop an innovative financial model to acquire and renovate the site. Through a low interest US Department of Agriculture loan, RVCC purchased the property and received both a Northern Borders Grant and Community Development Block Grant, which included a Job Creation Partnership with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.  

The center will have the capacity to serve about 500 students and is the second regional center being operated by RVCC (the other is in Keene). Through its regional academic centers, CCSNH campuses can have a physical presence in more communities and increase access to campus facilities for students and employers to help support  NH’s workforce needs. Other NH community colleges  run academic centers in Littleton, Rochester and North Conway, which also opens in late August.

RVCC successfully launched a soft opening during the spring 2016 semester by offering courses in business, drawing and general studies. The Lebanon center also houses a WorkReadyNH, a tuition free workforce skills program focusing on foundational workplace and soft skills.    RVCC has also hosted a number of local events and plans to continue to have the center serve as a resource for the community. 

To learn more contact Kristen McKenna at 443-4200, or kmckenna@ccsnh.edu.

About River Valley Community College

River Valley Community College is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire, offering thirty-nine associate degree and certificate programs in Claremont, Keene, Lebanon, and Online. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available. 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 post secondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.