NH Community College System Honors High School Partners for Helping Students Earn College Credits

NH Community College System Honors High School Partners for Helping Students Earn College Credits

Dual Credit “Running Start” Program Continues to Grow

Concord, NH – Governor Hassan joined New Hampshire’s Community Colleges today in honoring seven high school teachers from across the state who have supported the growth of the Running Start program and helped make college more affordable for NH students.  Running Start is a partnership with NH’s community colleges that enables high school students to take courses for dual high school and college credit.   Credits can be transferred to colleges and universities in and outside of New Hampshire. 

The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) created the Running Start program in 1999 at seven high schools. Since then, the program has expanded to more  than ninety high schools and adult education centers across the state.  In 2015 the program topped 7,000 course registrations, a record since the creation of the program.  Course offerings range from technical studies in automotive, software applications, and engineering, to advanced chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, to college composition and other humanities courses among others. 

By earning college credits while in high school, students get a head start on their college education, can shorten the time to obtain a degree, and reduce college costs. Each course taken through Running Start costs $150, a significant savings from the costs of a course taken directly through a college.   

“Making higher education more affordable and more accessible is critical to developing a strong workforce with the skills and innovative thinking necessary for success in the 21st century economy,” Governor Maggie Hassan said. “Thanks to CCSNH’s Running Start program, New Hampshire high school students have the opportunity to pursue college credits at significantly discounted rates. I applaud our community colleges and local high schools for working together to provide students with more affordable options, and I thank this year’s Running Start Advocates Award winners for their commitment to helping prepare our young people for success.”

“New Hampshire’s community colleges are committed to help pave the way for NH students to achieve their academic and career goals and to do so affordably,” said Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH. “Running Start is about accelerated pathways to higher education achievement, and about bridging students’ time in high school with the transition to college,” Chancellor Gittell said.  

Gittell also noted that NH’s community colleges are creating new Running Start pathways in particular fields that enable high school students to complete a significant portion of a college degree or certificate program while still in high school.  Such programs are currently offered at Berlin HS (welding), Milford HS (mechatronics and advanced manufacturing) and the Seacoast School of Technology (computer programming), with more scheduled for the Fall of 2015. 

Gittell referred to a poster on display at the award ceremony identifying nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country that former Running Start students have reported transferring credits to, including Stanford, Tufts, John Hopkins, the University of Connecticut, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, George Washington University, the University System of NH and SNHU, among many others. 

This is the eighth year the community colleges have honored Running Start high school partners.  The 2015 award recipients include:

Shawn McDonough, Campbell High School (computer science teacher)
Susan Provenzano, Londonderry High School (computer science teacher)
Al Hoel, Hinsdale Middle High School (college composition teacher)
Kim Knighton, Profile School (math/statistics teacher)
John Frick, Belmont High School (design software/digital photography teacher)
Pamela Carr, Oyster River High School (business and computer science teacher)
Scott Duprat, Dover Regional Career Tech Center (engineering technology teacher)