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.

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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.

For further information, contact:

Mark Dodge, Program Coordinator Machine Tool, 603-578-8900 X1611, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 |

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


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.

Our campus is overflowing with opportunities to connect with friends, challenge yourself in clubs and organizations, and attend social and cultural events. Get involved in our community, stay up-to-date on campus news and events, and find support to help you succeed.

Student Activity Calendar for November 23-27-2015

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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.

Spring 2016 TERM FACULTY POSITIONS – PART TIME                            

Nashua Community College is seeking both day and evening adjunct (part time) instructors to teach the following classes during the Spring (01/19/2016-05/09/2016) semester.



College Composition

Fine Arts
Introduction to Drawing



Accounting I

Anthropology and Sociology
Introduction to Social Work

Business Computers
Computer Technology and Applications

Early Childhood
Emerging Literacy


College Composition
Professional Writing and Presentation
Oral Communication
Technical Writing

Fine Arts
Social Media
Introduction to Drawing
Photography and Digital Imaging I

Introduction to Chinese Culture and Society

Introduction to Theatre

Algebra and Trigonometry
Developmental Mathematics

Adjunct Nurse Educator faculty needed for Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Responsible for clinical instruction for freshman or senior level nursing students.  Clinical experience in mental health, maternity and pediatrics nursing preferred.  Previous teaching experience desired.
Required:  Master of Science in Nursing and current New Hampshire RN or ARNP licensure.

Reading Strategies

Anatomy and Physiology

Join Nashua Community College at our Adjunct Employment Information Fair Thursday, November 12th 6-8 in Room 150
505 Amherst Street, Nashua, NH  03063

Please bring copies of your current resume or CV and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. We look forward to meeting you!

Please direct any inquiries to Christine Gannon at 603-578-8947

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. To learn more about course offerings at NCC, please visit For consideration, please submit an application for employment, resume, and copies of transcripts to:

Christine Gannon
Academic Affairs
Nashua Community College
505 Amherst St., Nashua, NH 03063.

Employment applications are at the Community College System web site at

Resumes will be reviewed on an on-going basis until needs are met and may be kept on file for future openings. AA/EOE.

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