Community College System Campuses Provide Year Round Assistance to Local Business Employee Training
All seven of New Hampshire’s community colleges have been working closely in their communities this summer and all year round to provide additional training to local employees, ranging from boot camps for new employees to leadership training for more senior staff members. These partnerships are designed to be as flexible as possible, and feature on site and in class training scheduled at hours that are convenient to the employees and prospective employees.
“The work being done at all of our colleges to help employers enhance the skills of future and current employees is a key component of our mission,” said Ross Gittell, chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). “These efforts represent one of the ways we are playing a leading role in the 65 by 25 Initiative, a statewide effort to have 65% of our working age population hold a degree or certificate by 2025 to meet the projected workforce demands of our state.”
Some examples from each campus follow:
Nashua Community College (NCC) in partnership with BAE Systems began to offer a newly developed noncredit course, Microelectronics Boot Camp, on August 1. The course was designed to meet industry demands and teaches students basic military standards and assembly techniques for radio frequency and microwave electronic assemblies. The 10-week course meets 40 hours per week and prepares participants to begin an entry-level wire bonding position. Upon successful completion of the course, students are guaranteed an interview at BAE Systems.
Two new efforts are underway at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC): the creation of an apprenticeship pathway for employees at Burndy LLC in Lincoln, and a customized course in blueprint reading for PCC Structurals in Tilton. The work with Burndy LLC and the NH Department of Labor will help establish an apprenticeship program that will lead to National Institute for Metalworking (NIMS) Certification. The goal of the effort is to have Burndy employees teach the related machining classes as adjunct instructors for LRCC. The partnership with PCC Structurals is to develop an in-house blueprint reading class.
Over the past year River Valley Community College (RVCC) has been partnering with MilliporeSigma in Jaffrey, on developing high performance teams while enhancing leadership development skills across the organization’s entire leadership spectrum. During this time, RVCC has run a total of 13 separate cohorts with MilliporeSigma, instructing on topics such as motivation, leadership, team building, communication and behavioral attitudes.
The Front Line Manager’s Certificate Program is one of most popular series of non-credit bearing courses at NHTI—Concord’s Community College (NHTI), Business Training Center. The program is designed to help new managers develop skills and confidence to succeed, and provide experienced managers with valuable tools to enrich their career paths. Program courses are taught by industry professionals on topics such as contemporary human resources, labor relations, leadership perspectives, and ethics. Recent organizations participating include PJ Noyes of Lancaster, Associated Grocers of New England, HealthTrust and the federal court system.
There are an abundance of jobs available in manufacturing for people with skills. Great Bay Community College (GBCC) offers three noncredit, low cost programs designed to help individuals gain employment in entry-level manufacturing positions. The CNC Boot Camp is an intensive eight-week training course that trains students as a CNC Operator. Precision Machining is a two-part program that includes a nine-week, part-time in the evenings Introduction to Precision Machining course and a more advanced nine-week Intermediate Precision Machining program. Introduction to Solidworks is a part time evening course for eight weeks and is designed to prepare students for the Certified Solidworks Associate Exam (CSWA).
White Mountains Community College (WMCC) recognizes its role in New Hampshire’s North Country and has created market driven courses such as Licensed Nursing Assistant certifications, Technical Manufacturing, as well as individualized business trainings. WMCC, The NH Space Grant Consortium at UNH and NASA host the Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Forum at WMCC’s Berlin location. Created for high school girls thinking about college and their career path, the Forum provides a unique opportunity to meet, listen to and talk with professional women who have achieved remarkable successes in science, engineering and technology.
Manchester Community College (MCC) partnered with local area businesses GE Aviation, Titeflex Aerospace, Scotia Technology and Axenics to design an industry specific Tube Fabrication and Forming Certificate Training program, which debuted in the spring of 2016. This program was one of many that MCC collaborated on with local area businesses to assess their training needs and provide high-quality non-credit industry training. MCC will be offering this program again coming this fall, in addition to other industry specific training in areas such as pharmaceutical and business.
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.