Hundreds of students complete summer programs at NH’s Community Colleges

Hundreds of students complete summer programs at NH’s Community Colleges

August 19, 2016

Hundreds of students complete summer programs at NH’s Community Colleges

Students of all ages learn workforce training, teamwork and specialized skills at summer programs hosted by Community College System of New Hampshire campuses

This summer, students of all ages across New Hampshire advanced their career and leadership skills at several programs hosted by the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Ranging from STEM skills for workforce development to police cadet training, campers relished the opportunity advance their academic and professional futures.

"My daughter came home every day excited about what she created,” said Cindy Kuehl, whose daughter, Molly, attended Manchester Community College’s (MCC) Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs summer camp. “The camps blended pre-planning, design, manufacturing and assembly processes into each project. The physical takeaways were amazing, but even more amazing, was the pride on my daughter’s face after the completion of each project.”

Molly was among the 86 attendees of MCC’s Workforce Development Center’s STEM-based summer camps led by adjunct instructor Frank Xydias. In its fourth consecutive year, its programs introduce students to manufacturing and encourage them to consider careers in the technology sector.

Across the state, White Mountain Community College (WMCC) hosted a STEM-Health camp for middle school students designed to broaden their understanding of STEM applications and health careers. It was offered in partnership with the North Conway Health Consortium, the New Hampshire Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium.

WMCC also offered Creator Camp, where students learned CAD design, how to operate a CNC Plasma Table, welding skills and how to use manufacturing equipment to build a product. Along with tours of local manufacturing facilities, attendees learned entrepreneurship principles and how to develop their products into businesses.

At NHTI – Concord’s Community College (NHTI), 14 students attended its five-week Summer Lynx Program to get a jump-start on college coursework and complete required classes before entering the fall semester. Along with math skills, they received guidance for future career pathways through focused advising and a college success course.

NHTI also hosted 146 cadets, who completed the NH Association of Chiefs of Police’s New Hampshire Police Cadet Training Program. The week-long overnight program for young men and women ages 14 to 20 includes physical training, formations and other etiquette while nurturing self discipline, self respect, discipline and pride – all necessary components of a successful law enforcement career.

NHTI’s basketball and soccer camps attracted an international following with student athletes from New Hampshire and beyond working together to develop leadership skills and athletic prowess. Run by NHTI Athletic Director Paul Hogan, hundreds of students hailing from across the state and country, Ireland, Hong Kong and England built camaraderie and work ethic – crucial skills for student athletes.

In southern New Hampshire, Nashua Community College (NCC) hosted 17 high school juniors and seniors who attended The New Hampshire Teen Summer Writers’ Workshop, presented in collaboration with the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. The week-long program featured seminars in fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction narrative and was led by local writers and NCC’s honors program, helping students from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine refine their writing skills.

River Valley Community College’s (RVCC) middle school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) camp, which is in its third year, focused on forensic science and outdoor explorations. The campus also launched a new forensic science camp for high school juniors and seniors. Curriculum for both courses was developed by biological science Program Director Dr. Bonnie Akerman, and the high school program was offered at no charge thanks to a Community College Innovation Fund of New Hampshire grant.

“This was a great year for our summer programs and we’re extremely proud of the students who chose to develop important skills that will benefit them today and in the future,” said Ross Gittell, chancellor of CCSNH. “These camps are one of the many ways we’re helping nurture an educated, relevant and well-rounded future workforce.”

To learn more about CCSNH and its many programs for students of all ages, visit


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.