Twenty Massage Therapy Club students and program alums volunteered at the 119th Boston Marathon on April 20th

They provided post-race massages to runners of the American Liver Foundation:  Run for Research team. 

2015, marks the 14th year of volunteer participation in this event.  Pamela Veiga, Massage Therapy Program Coordinator shared, “Each year I am grateful for the dedication of our massage therapy students, both past and present, for volunteering their time and expertise to an amazing cause.” 

To learn more about the Massage Therapy program at NCC click here.

NCC Nursing Students Hosted Breaking the Silence:  Addiction in the Community Event.

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Marcos Diaz started thinking of how he could make a difference in people’s lives the moment he was elected Student Senate president at Nashua Community College two years ago. “When I spoke to friends at other colleges and universities they would tell me about events on campus that were a big tradition,” he says. “I realized that we lacked a tradition, so I wanted to start one that included some form of giving back.”

And so began the Brave Walk/Run 5K that last April raised more than $4,000 to benefit the Nashua Mental Health Center. Although Diaz has graduated from NCC, he remains involved in the event as an AmeriCorps VISTA representative on campus. This year’s race, scheduled for April 25, will benefit Tails to Freedom, a charitable organization dedicated to raising awareness for the protection of animals and the environment.

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Nashua Community College Professor joins Local Engineers in Calling on Congress to Save NH Jobs

Eight New Hampshire business people, entrepreneurs, teachers and students traveled to Washington, DC this week to tell NH Senators and Congressional Representatives the devastating impact that proposed H-1B legislation could have on NH jobs.

Scott and Cris Blackstone of Alton, Ronald Tabroff of Bedford, Barbara and Hanna Bancroft and Jennifer Morrison of Hudson and Jeanne Dietsch of Peterborough spoke on behalf of the 1600 New Hampshire members of the IEEE engineering association and for educators and students of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). They had two messages for Congress: 1) Do not cut R&D and STEM education budgets; this will cause a downturn in the economy and dramatically curtail our children’s futures. 2) Substitute green cards for advanced foreign grads educated in American schools instead of extending the H1B visas.

“The reasons to sustain R&D and STEM funding are apparent.” Said Barbara Bancroft.  “New Hampshire businesses, small and large, are disproportionately technological enterprises that rely on R&D funding to create new products of their own and to build customers. They cannot function without a strong pool of well-trained employees.”

The idiosyncrasies of H1B visas are less obvious, but equally important.  H-1b visas are not immigration visas.  They are short-term work permits.  Recently companies have begun using the visas to eliminate American jobs. Instead of hiring bright immigrants and using them to build employment in the US on a green card, companies are using visas to train foreign workers in the US, then sending them and their jobs overseas. These jobs were not minimum wage.  They are often software engineers, one of the sources of contention in the long-running Fairpoint strike.

Ron Tabroff, IEEE Chair of its New England Region, explained, “IEEE-USA supports real high-skill immigration.  Graduate students at our universities should be able to get a green card as soon as they earn their degree.  Green cards make Americans and build America.  H-1bs do not.”

The IEEE-USA represents over 200,000 technology professionals in the United States, including 1,600 in New Hampshire.   We are the men and women who use technology to build our economy, light our homes and create new businesses.  We understand the value of skilled immigration, but we also know the dangers of H-1b visas.

If you have any questions about our experiences in Washington, please contact: Professor Barbara Bancroft, Computer Networking Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


In collaboration with the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP), the Nashua Community College Honors Program will run a week-long summer conference for teen writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.

The program, slated for NCC the week of July 20-24, will offer seminars and workshops to help teen writers take their work to a new level.  Novelist Elaine Isaak will offer the keynote address and a seminar for attendees.  Additional seminars in fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction narrative will be offered by local writers and writing teachers.  Participants must be entering the 11th and 12th grade by fall 2015 to enroll.

The conference will run from 8:30a.m. until 5:00p.m. each day, with an evening coffee house set for Thursday, July 23rd.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the $150 registration fee.  Students will have the opportunity to include their work in an anthology compiled throughout the week.

Writing as E.C. Ambrose, Isaak is the popular New England author of the “Dark Apostle” fantasy series, which includes the novels “Elisha Barber,” “Elisha Magus,” and “Elisha Rex,” which will be released this July.  Writing as herself, Isaak is the author of “The Singer’s Crown” series.  She also writes under several other pseudonyms and is the editor of the recently released “Love Free or Die,” a romance anthology of Granite State writers.  She also will be editing “Live Free or Dragons,” a fantasy anthology due out next year.

Contact NCC faculty Rob Greene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Steve Meidell, NCC Honors Program Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details and to reserve a space.

The Nashua Telegraph

As the need increases for professionals in fields such as elderly care and support for people with developmental disabilities, students at Nashua Community College are taking a hands-on approach and earning college credits at the same time.

Jayne Barnes, professor and chairwoman of the education, applied and behavioral sciences department at NCC, said what the college calls its "field work program" is designed to better prepare students to take on jobs in what is predicted to be one of the fastest growing job markets in the near future.

"In New Hampshire, three sectors will account for all new jobs in health care, and service is one of them," Barnes said. "This is a growing field, because of the rise in autism and the graying of America. We see this as meeting a need, and field placement is the cornerstone."

Human-service jobs will comprise 30 percent of all new jobs in health care over the next decade, she said. Nashua Community College now partners with agencies throughout the Nashua area to set up field work opportunities for students.

"What this is, is professionally advised field experience," Barnes said.

Right now, the college has 18 student interns completing field work through the psychology and human services programs. One student who recently completed her field work is already running a homeless program at the Front Door Agency in Nashua.

"I did two internships in two different fields: One was working with the homeless population, one in developmental delays," said Sandra DeLosa, the new director of homeless and housing services, a program she worked for as an intern just last year. "Having experience in both fields put me on the right path."

Each field work program requires students to work 120 hours and is worth three credits that can be applied to a number of degrees or certificate programs.

The work also can introduce students to their new career.

DeLosa now works at the Front Door Agency, an organization that helps families prevent homelessness, find affordable housing and learn how to manage finances. DeLosa completed her field work in fall 2013 and started working as a residential assistant in transitional housing the following spring.

By summer, she was running the homeless housing assistance program.

"I think the internship program is just as important as the academic classes. It gives you field work experience to help you decide if this is the field you really want to be in," she said.

Another agency partner is the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, where student Catherine Dube spent her internship supporting people with mental illnesses. Dube said the internship steered her toward a career in mental health services.

"It really opened up my eyes to see what help is needed in this field," she said. Dube worked one-on-one with clients, from advocating for their needs to just being a good listener.

"It's helped me understand these individuals as more than a medical term, but as a human," she said.

Dube will graduate from NCC with an associate degree in May and plans to pursue her bachelor's in psychology with a concentration in mental illness at Southern New Hampshire University.

"Human services has everything: working with the elderly, women, children, substance abuse. Each term, they do an internship with a specific population," Barnes said.

The college has had interns at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter for more than 20 years, according to shelter social worker and advocate Eileen Brady.

"They come prepared. The community college is very good; they prep them on what to expect. It's a high-value intern we get from them," Brady said.

Student interns work in different areas, from advocacy to one-on-one assistance with clients.

"A really good percentage of people end up getting jobs in the field," said Tom Lopez, education and employment advocate for the shelter.

The shelter doesn't use internships as an "extended job interview," but Lopez said the experience helps students build a network, making it easier to find employment after school.

"Basically, what this is all about is to bring theoretic study to hands-on, real-world application. Each year, it has gotten more and more comprehensive," Barnes said.

Tina Forbes can be reached at 594-6402, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
@Telegraph_TinaF. © 2014, The Telegraph, Nashua, New Hampshire


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