Heather Anderson graduated from Nashua Community College with an Associate of Arts in Teacher Education in 2009. As a student she was actively involved in Student Senate, the Drama Club, and the Student Peace Alliance.
“Because of NCC I learned the importance of acquiring an education, being involved in student activities, and how to be a leader amongst my peers,” she said.
After completing her degree at NCC, Anderson continued to set the bar high for herself. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, followed by a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.
Now the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. and an adjunct faculty member at New England College, Anderson does not forget her community college roots or those who pushed her to pursue her dreams early on.
“NCC helped me learn how to be a leader and a strong, confident woman,” Anderson said. “I credit so much of my career and educational success to NCC and the professors and staff who served as inspiring role models.”
Anderson’s gratitude and positive attitude are visible— and to her NCC is the real deal.
“Attending NCC was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, it’s more than just your average community college” she said. “You benefit from the rich relationships you develop within the college community itself.”
Anderson is proud to be an alum, and we are proud to have her as one.
The mission of the Hospitality and Restaurant Management Program is to provide both academic preparation and practical experiences that students need to enter and succeed in a hospitality management career. In addition, the program prepares students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities that offer a bachelor degree in a hospitality-related program.
The hospitality industry currently represents the second largest employer in the United States, and the industry is the major part of a rapidly-growing services sector of the economy. To meet the need for college-educated professionals in the hospitality field, the Associate Degree program in Hospitality and Restaurant Management focuses on a business education and theories of hospitality management that provide graduates with an understanding of the key areas of the industry.
Nashua Community College received a U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration grant, known as TAACCCT 3, to work in tandem with local and regional manufacturers, state agencies and community organizations to transform its Advanced Manufacturing/Machine Tool and Mechanical Design curriculum into a Competency-Based Education (CBE) model designed for these technical programs.
The program, Advanced Manufacturing by Innovation and Design (AMID), will provide employers, incumbent employees, dislocated workers, the long-term unemployed and new students with an opportunity to earn stackable credentials needed for Advance Manufacturing jobs and will create a path to a STEM-based four-year college degree. In addition, the AMID program will provide students with wrap-around services to support their efforts, including academic and social supports.
The AMID program was driven by the findings from New Hampshire Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Education Advisory Council (AMEAC), a two year study, which recommended the following steps be addressed to bridge the worker/employer gap in NH:
Competencies acquired through course work must align with industry needs;
Students need to be trained on state-of-the-art equipment with hands-on industry experience;
Internships, apprenticeships and immersion programs must be created and expanded;
Access to training must be enhanced to allow for self-paced and accelerated learning through virtual instruction.
Working across a broad coalition of stakeholders, AMID is developing a CBE curriculum in the field of Advanced Manufacturing that focuses on providing students more access to courses through online and hybrid courses and more opportunity for time in the machine lab. The first step in this process is to technology enhance the curriculum. In addition, AMID will help accelerate a student’s time to completion by developing a procedure to evaluate the student’s prior learning experience for possible awarding of credits toward required program courses. The AMID program also includes plans to expand the existing machine lab and acquire additional equipment.
This transformation is being accomplished through the active engagement of the AMID partnership, including the use of an interactive online Learning Collaborative and Work Groups comprised of employer, agency and community-based organizations.
The AMID program will ensure that participants receive both the academic, financial and social support that they need to overcome challenges typically encountered by community college students.
AMID will offer a Technology Enhanced Machine Tool Technology CNC Programming certificate in the fall of 2015. We anticipate launching the technology enhanced Associate Degree program in Mechanical Design in the fall 2016.
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Accidents happen, and the challenges of automotive collision repair are becoming increasingly complex. Our Associates in Science degree in Collision Repair Technology provides you with the skills and technology training necessary for building a strong and stable career.
Our two-year degree program consists of a “hands-on” lab where you will learn how to perform all the many different types of collision repairs. Each damaged vehicle has unique repair issues, and you will learn how to tackle these problems through practical and state-of-the-art repair techniques.
May 21, 2016 11:00 a.m.
Congratulations to the class of 2016!
Nashua Community College welcomes you to our Commencement web page where graduates, family members and the extended college community may find important information pertaining to end-of-the-year ceremonies.
NCC recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and strives to ensure it is a celebratory time, one full of well-deserved pomp and circumstance. Thank you for starting your educational and career journeys with us, we wish you continued success in future endeavors and look forward to seeing you on May 21!
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
May 19, 2016 | 5:00 p.m. | Invitation Only | Judd Gregg Hall Auditorium
Refreshments served before the ceremony at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday May 18, 2016 | 5:30pm
All graduates are required to attend commencement rehearsal to ensure a seamless ceremony. Students please line up in the main building for your line placement. A barbecue for all graduates, faculty and staff will be held in Cafe 505 immediately following rehearsal.
Saturday, May 21 | 10:00 arrival for graduates | 11:00 Ceremony
Graduation is held under the tent in the rear of the campus. Parking is available on campus on a first come first serve basis. We encourage visitors and guests to car pool when possible.
Commencement Photo Inc. will be taking pictures of each graduate during the ceremony. The company will be sending you information regarding the purchase of these pictures.
Video of the commencement can be purchased on DVD from GoodHeart Media Services. Download PDF Order Form.
Reception in the gym for Graduates and Guests immediately following graduation.
Things to do before Graduation:
Caps and gowns should be ordered from the Bookstore by April 8th or ASAP and will be available for pick up after May 2, 2016.
We suggest that you hang the gown to remove the wrinkles.
Graduation fee of $100.00 must be paid by all candidates by April 22, 2016.
All financial obligations to the College must be settled prior to May 6, 2016.
If you are not attending the ceremony, please notify the Registrar by April 25, 2016.
Caps and gowns must be worn at the Graduation Ceremony.
Caps and gowns need not be returned.
Graduation invitations are available in the Admission’s or Registrar’s office.
If you have borrowed funds under the Federal Direct of Stafford Student Loan Program, you should complete the Loan Exit Counseling at www.nslds.ed.gov prior to picking up your cap and gown from the bookstore. If you have borrowed funds under the Federal Perkins Loan Program, you will receive a letter in the mail with information on how to complete the Loan Exit Counseling for the Perkins Loan.
As a student borrower of the Federal Family Educational Loan program or Federal Direct Loan program, you are required by federal regulations to complete Loan Exit Counseling upon your graduation.
Mon, 05/04/2015 - 00:03 - Nashua Telegraph |
By DEAN SHALHOUP Staff Writer
NASHUA – Brandon Masterson loved football, playing all four years at Alvirne High School, and he loved designing and working on cars even more. But above all, Masterson, who was 20 when a car accident claimed his life two years ago, loved helping others and making friends, all of which came naturally for the young man so well-liked and respected that Nashua Community College, his alma-mater, awarded him his degree in automotive engineering posthumously just weeks after his death.
On Sunday, many of Masterson’s family members, friends and classmates at both Alvirne High in Hudson, where he graduated in 2011, and Nashua Community College gathered on the NCC campus for the third annual Brandon Masterson Memorial Car Show, which raises funds for a scholarship in his name while celebrating his brief, but highly productive, life. “One of the nicest kids you’d want to meet,” said Alvirne classmate Joe Jackson as he looked under the hood of a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 at its impressive power plant. “He loved football and he loved cars.” Masterson, who died about a week after sustaining severe injuries in the March 16, 2013 crash in Raymond, was two months shy of graduating Nashua Community College with honors in its automotive program, in which he refined skills gleaned over a lifetime as a car enthusiast.
First responders found him and Andrew Ocasio, the other occupant of the Subaru, unconscious at the scene of the early-morning crash on Chester Road. The car left the road, struck a tree and burst into flames. Ocasio, a classmate of Masterson’s at Alvirne, survived his injuries. Masterson’s NCC classmates organized the car show as a way to pay tribute and to raise funds for his family, which they turned in to a scholarship to assist students in the NCC automotive program.
The first show was held shortly after his death, and, several organizers and attendees said at the time, helped ease the pain of their sudden loss. Vehicles of many persuasions were on display Sunday, from vintage classics like a bright-blue 1957 Chevy and an early 70s El Camino, Chevrolet’s popular sedan-pickup truck hybrid called a “coupe utility vehicle,” to modified and “tricked-out” street cars both foreign and domestic.
The most important and symbolic of all, though, was the gorgeous 1987 Camaro IROC-Z that sat next to the area where Masterson’s family members gathered and event volunteers sold slices of pizza. “It’s all of what he and his grandfather discussed,” said Jana Emerson, Masterson’s grandmother, referring to the vehicle’s restoration, a project Masterson and his grandfather Don Emerson were doing together at the time of his death. But after all the work they’d done together, Don Emerson wasn’t about to let his grandson’s dream go unfulfilled.
As soon as he was able, Emerson literally and figuratively picked up the pieces and got to work to see his grandson’s dream through. Today the handsome muscle car bears several tributes to Masterson in the form of little plaques on parts of the engine and embroidery on the headrests of the front seats.
In tallying up all of the funds raised from the 3 Brandon Masterson Memorial Car Show fundraisers that took place in March 2013, April 2014, and May 2015 , the total amount of funds raised for the tool scholarships, including the match is….
13 THOUSAND, Four Hundred and Fifteen dollars!!!!! YES- $13,415!!!!!
Monday, April 27, 2015
Nashua high school students get hands dirty exploring aviation mechanics
By TINA FORBES
Looking for new talent to maintain aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration teamed up with Nashua Community College to bring city high school students to NCC’s aviation technology center for a hands-on field trip.
NCC aviation technology professor Bob Donadio said the goal of last week’s “Walk in My Boots” field trip is to find high school students interested in the field.
“Our primary objective is to find a workforce for the future,” Donadio said.
College students worked alongside high schoolers as they practiced using tools in the aviation technology shop.
“Honestly, the field trip was a lot better than I thought. I didn’t think we’re going to be able to try something,” said Cameron O’Loan, a junior at Nashua High School South.
The group of five high school students from Nashua High School North and South went through a practice application and interview process conducted by a panel of FAA employees before making it to the field trip.
“Each of our teachers asked the class which students were interested, and we filled out the paper and we had to get interviewed by three members of the FAA. It was the first time I ever got interviewed like that,” said South junior Kevin Erickson.
Donadio said there are about 20 students in the avionics program now – half underclassmen, half upperclassmen.
Anthony Janco, an FAA aviation safety inspector senior adviser, and Julie Seltsam-Wilps, aviation and space education program manager, coordinated the field trip with the college and high schools.
“We try to promote aviation careers, all aviation careers, aeronautical, aerospace careers, anything in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math,” Seltsam-Wilps said.
She said the aviation industry comprises many career paths, and used a typical commercial flight as an example.
“You have no idea how many jobs it took to get you from Point A to Point B. This is why we do the program. We try to expose them to the industry,” she said.
Janco said aviation technology training is an alternative to a typical four-year degree program.
“It’s for the kid who could have gone to college – the kid who could have gone to Harvard. That’s who I want working on my airplane,” Seltsam-Wilps said.
She said the field has potential for upward mobility, with some companies sponsoring additional education and training for employees.
“You can turn wrenches the entire time, or you can move up,” she said.
Janco said much like the rest of the skilled labor market, trained avionics technicians are becoming harder to find.
“There was a big influx after Vietnam – people went back into the field. That’s not happening anymore.”
Janco, an Air Force veteran, said the FAA is making strides to facilitate Iraq and Afghanistan veterans moving into civilian avionics work as well, but that demand for workers remains high and experts predict a severe shortage by 2030.
According to an August 2014 edition of Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine, 76 percent of readers are 51 years or older, and the Department of Employment and Economic Development estimates that the aviation industry will have more than 1 million job openings in the next 10 years.
The high school outreach seems to make a difference, with one or two students out of each field trip moving on to study aviation technology, Janco said.
“I think a couple of kids today got the bug. They might get hooked,” he said.
Because NCC is an FAA-approved aviation maintenance technician school, graduating from the aviation program satisfies the experience requirement for the FAA aviation mechanics certificate.
Aside from the “Walk in My Boots” field trips, the FAA hosts summer camps for middle and high school students interested in aviation career called the ACE Academy, with the closest location in Bedford, Mass.
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.
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