New two-year program created to meet workforce needs in this growing field

Nashua, NH – Beginning this fall, Nashua Community College (NCC) will launch a new Computer Engineering Technology (CET) Associate Degree program designed to enable individuals to enter a growing and changing field that can lead to well-paying jobs with upward mobility. The program will provide graduates with the knowledge, techniques, skills and use of modern tools in computer engineering technology.

The new program combines elements of electronic engineering and technology that is already part of  NCC’s electrical engineering, computer science and computer networking programs. It is designed to prepare student to use basic engineering principles and theories of science, engineering and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, install, service and maintain computers, peripherals, networks and microprocessor and computer-controlled equipment.

“Computer engineers can do research, design and develop products, or test computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military or scientific use,” said Vance Poteat, chair of NCC’s engineering and computer science department. “It’s a continually changing field and is ideal for individuals that like to keep up with technology.”

Using modern electronics labs at NCC, students will become familiar with circuit analysis, analog and digital circuit design and analysis, high-level programming, microprocessor/microcontroller programming and interfacing, computer architecture, operating systems and networking basics. Graduates will have strengths in the building, testing, operation and maintenance of computer systems and their associated software systems. Some of the job opportunities for graduates include computer programmers, computer testers, electronics testers and network technicians.

The program will be led by Poteat and Don Marcotte, program coordinator of the electrical and computer engineering programs. Poteat and Marcotte bring industry experience into the classroom through their previous work together at a research and development company before becoming faculty members at NCC.

The program kicks off Monday August 26, 2019. Applications are currently being accepted and will be until the end of summer, just before the program begins. For more information about the program, contact Electrical Engineering Technology Program Coordinator, Donald Marcotte at (603) 578-8959, or visit

About Nashua Community College

Since 1970, Nashua Community College has been successfully meeting the educational needs of the Greater Nashua area through providing a high quality two-year, post-secondary education. The college partners closely with area industries that provide students with a unique perspective in their fields of study, allowing for a real-world experience to further their academic journey. Students can choose from a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, with six of their programs now being offered online. Nashua Community College is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. 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 percent of New Hampshire citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.

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