Dr. Stephanie Roper was named 2015 NCC Adjunct of the Year at the College’s recent commencement exercises. 

Dr. Roper is well-respected as a dynamic educator in the Social Sciences Department.  Always willing to implement new strategies to increase student engagement, her enthusiasm for teaching about history and geography is infectious. 

In her student evaluations, the words “dedication, energy, and sense of humor” are frequently mentioned.  When asked how well their instructor increased knowledge of the subject, one student summed it up this way, “An incredible amount…(she) is one of the best teachers I have ever had!”

Beyond her talents in the classroom, this year’s honoree has demonstrated a long-term commitment to furthering the mission of NCC. 

She has been a pioneer in online course development and her curriculum work in geography ensures that NCC courses transfer seamlessly into the university system.

Graduates praised for hard work at Nashua Community College commencement

By DARRELL HALEN Correspondent | Nashua Telegraph

With a basket in hand, Lucille Jordan skipped around the seated graduates at Saturday’s Nashua Community College commencement, showering them with colorful glitter.

Minutes earlier, during her address as college president, she had showered the graduates with praise.

Each one of them, she told them, is a “shining star.” “Now, it is your time to walk across the stage, to feel something magical,” said Jordan before the graduates received their diplomas. “For a fleeting moment, you will hold your head higher, your eyes will see deeper, and your shoulders will be broader. We are delighted that you allowed us to participate in your educational journey.”

Jordan praised the graduates for persevering, embracing different cultures, staying motivated, accomplishing goals, and providing hope to others. As a class, she noted, they donated 1,500 hours of service to the community.

“Yes, you came to class, but you did more,” she said.

Jordan shared several vignettes that she said are emblematic of the Class of 2015, including a woman who was determined to her finish her education while battling cancer and nursing students who organized a community forum on heroin addiction – “Breaking the Silence,” attended by Gov. Maggie Hassan – as a capstone project.

While sharing her stories about students, Jordan repeated a refrain: “They shined and smiled and never lost the light in their eyes.”

Jordan wore a chef’s hat as a tribute to the school’s culinary arts program, and drew loud applause when she saluted veterans, soldiers and their families. Noting that the day was also Armed Forces Day, she asked them to stand.

Associate degrees and certificates were conferred during the ceremony, and awards were bestowed for excellence in academics, teaching and service.

While delivering the student address, Cassandra Bragdon noted that NCC attracts not only traditional students, but also students who don’t feel that a four-year college is right for them, students who choose a less expensive way to obtain a college education, and adults who come to college after being away from school.

“NCC students are truly anything you can think of – and then some,” Bragdon said. “The important similarity between us all is that we all understand the importance of education and we embraced the opportunities NCC provides for us.”

During his commencement address, Christopher Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, spoke of the importance of recognizing that experiencing failure can be part of achieving success. Williams shared the story of being fired from a high-level political campaign, four years after he graduated from college, after making a mistake that caused bad press for his candidate.

“I learned an important lesson then, and I’ve always kept it with me today,” Williams said. “It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live life so cautiously that you might as well have not lived life at all – in which case, I think, you fail by default.”

With their diplomas in hand, graduates were excited about what the future has in store of them.

Carl Wheeler, 22, spent three years commuting from Swanzey to achieve his associate degree in liberal arts with a history concentration.

“It was a long road, difficult but quite rewarding,” said Wheeler, a future Keene State College student and urban planner, who put in a lot of time and overcame some life challenges to reach graduation day.

Also continuing her education is Christina Salati, of Hudson. Now in possession of an associate degree, she’s off to Southern New Hampshire University to achieve bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology and hopes to work with adolescents as a high school psychologist.

Meanwhile, Jeff Martin, of Litchfield, is working his second season at a country club. He arrived at NCC with no knowledge of the culinary arts and now has a degree in the field.

“I work with a lot of great chefs and met a lot of great people here,” Martin said.

Brandon Masterson’s IROC-Z centerpiece of 3rd annual memorial car show at Nashua Community College

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

Staff Writer

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.

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.

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.

Nashua Community College is seeking both day and evening adjunct (part time) instructors to teach the following classes during the Fall (08/21/2015-12/21/2015) semester.

Evening Division

Electronic Engineering Technology

  • Microcontrollers
  • Electronics II
  • Digital Circuits I
  • Circuit Analysis I

Humanities

Introduction to Drawing (10/26-12/21)

Massage Therapy

Pathology (license in Massage Therapy required)

Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

DAY DIVISION

Business Computers

Computer Applications and Technology

Economics

Microeconomics

Electronic Engineering Technology

  • Microcontrollers
  • Electronics II
  • Digital Circuits I
  • Circuit Analysis I

English

College Composition

Humanities

Ethics in the Workplace

Learning Experience

First Year Experience

Mathematics

Algebra I

Nursing

Adjunct Nurse Educator faculty needed for Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Responsible for simulation lab and clinical instruction for freshman or senior level nursing students.  Clinical experience in medical surgical nursing and maternal child health nursing preferred.  Previous teaching experience desired.

Required:  Master of Science in Nursing and current New Hampshire RN or ARNP licensure.

Reading

Reading for College Success

Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Minimum qualifications are Masters Degree in the specific subject or closely related field and three years’ experience in teaching, business, or industry in related field. Salary is commensurate with experience. For consideration, please submit an application for employment, resume, and copies of transcripts to: Christine Gannon, Academic Affairs, NCC, 505 Amherst St., Nashua, NH 03063. Employment applications are at the Community College System web site at www.ccsnh.edu/humanresources. Resumes will be reviewed on an on-going basis until needs are met and may be kept on file for future openings. AA/EOE.

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.

Register for Race Here!

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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..

NCC OFFERS SUMMER CONFERENCE FOR TEEN WRITERS

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.

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