Community Colleges Honor High School Partners

Community Colleges Honor High School Partners

For Immediate Release Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Contact: Shannon Reid, CCSNH at 568-5599 or

Growth of “Running Start” Dual Enrollment Program Lauded

Concord, NH – Governor Hassan joined New Hampshire’s Community Colleges today in honoring seven individuals from high schools across the state who have been advocates for the Community College System of NH’s Running Start program.  Running Start enables high school students to take courses at their schools for simultaneous high school and college credit. Credits can be transferred to many colleges and universities in and outside of New Hampshire. 

The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) created the Running Start program in 1999, with an initial group of seven high schools. Since then, the program has expanded to more than seventy public high schools in NH and more than ninety high schools in total which includes NH schools, non-public high schools and adult education centers. Student registrations reached over 6,000 during the current academic year, a 12% increase over the last three years. Course offerings range from technical studies in automotive, software applications, and engineering, to advanced chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, 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.  

“Running Start is about accelerated pathways to higher education achievement,” said Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH. Gittell said the program helps students and families afford higher education by offering college courses at $150 per course, and strengthens student aspirations to postsecondary education. Gittell also noted that the program has received financial support from a Bank of America Charitable Foundation Workforce Development and Education grant, which has provided funding for textbooks, campus “discovery day” activities, computer labs, and outreach to under-served high schools. 

“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.”

Gittell referred to a map on display at the award ceremony identifying nearly 200 colleges and universities across the country that former Running Start students have reported as accepting community college Running Start credits, 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. “New Hampshire’s community colleges are committed to help pave the way for more and more NH students to achieve their academic and career goals,” said Gittell.

This is the seventh year the community colleges have honored Running Start high school partners. The 2014 award recipients include:

Vera Haus, teacher, Portsmouth High School

James McCollum, principal, Laconia High School

Stephen Bourget, teacher, Goffstown High School

Dr. Rosabel Deloge, director of technical studies, Milford High School

Kathi Mitchell, teacher, Concord Christian Academy

LeRoy Martelle, teacher, Hartford area Career and Technical Center

Pauline Corzilius, teacher, Lisbon High School



About CCSNH: 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 and Keene; and White Mountains Community College in Berlin and Littleton.  Each college is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges-Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.