The Nashua Community College Lecture Series is designed to promote an appreciation of a diverse cultural experience through the expertise shared by a variety of guest speakers. The program is open to both the College and Greater Nashua communities.
Get on board with Emmy award-winning filmmaker Harvey Hubbell V and his crew as they explore the unique nature of how each of us learns.
Join Hubbell, dyslexic superstars Billy Bob Thornton and Joe Pantoliano, world-renowned brain scientists and researchers, students, and advocates as they join a movement to revolutionize education.
Find out what it’s like to have your brain scanned inside an fMRI and visit with a group of dyslexic researchers in the jungles of Costa Rica, all the while following Hubbell through his days of growing up dyslexic before many had even heard of the word.
Through the non-linear brain of Hubbell, his lens captures the otherwise complex issues of learning differences in a manner that allows the audience to recognize the differences and honor the gifts in all of us. This is social awareness with a heart.
This event is free and open to the public. NCC is located at 505 Amherst Street in Nashua.
For directions to the college, go to http://www.nashuacc.edu/directions/
Nashua native Ron Dube will discuss his book, Post WW II Nashua through Korea: a Sequel on Thursday, October 16th from 7-9pm, in conjunction with Nashua Community College’s on-going lecture series. A retired science teacher with an interest in history, Dube’s book takes a look at Nashua after WW II ended, focusing on the immigration of displaced families and the return of those killed in action. A number of well-known Nashuans in the Korean War, featuring interviews with living veterans and/or their relatives, the impact of the industrial fall-out in post WWII era, Nashua politics and stories from the home front round out the second of Dube’s planned trilogy of war-time books. His first book, Nashua Area Men and Women in World War II, was published several years ago, and he is currently at work on a Viet Nam era book.
Dube’s career also included a stint as a freelance newspaper columnist.
A 1960 graduate of Nashua High School, Dube joined the Peace Corps after completing his studies at the University of New Hampshire. He holds the distinction of being the second person from Nashua to join the Corps.
Dube’s presentation at NCC will conclude with a book signing. The program is free and open to the public. For further information, contact: Sally Bashalany
For directions to the college, go to http://www.nashuacc.edu/directions/
Much has changed in the world of education since 1970, when a high school diploma could lead to gainful employment, or a college graduate could enter the workforce virtually debt free. Fast forward to 2010; the dreams of making an honest living are the same, but the means to economic freedom are more complex. Employers are seeking highly-skilled individuals with college degrees. Today’s high school graduates understand these new parameters, but must face the realities of rising tuition costs.
Community College is the answer for many. Since its inception, the College has provided an affordable and accessible education option for the greater Nashua region. From its humble beginnings as a vocational-technical institution to its current status as a comprehensive community college, NCC believes in advancing the lives of those seeking an education.
As enrollment reaches record levels, 2,100 this spring, the College is expanding its facilities with the construction of at 48,000 square-foot academic building scheduled to open fall 2010. In June, the New Hampshire State Legislature and Governor Lynch approved $9.5 million dollars in capital expenditures to build the Health, Sciences, and Humanities facility. “This building was made possible by the unwavering support our delegation, faculty and CCSNH officials. This new space will accommodate a state-of-the-art nursing simulation laboratory and instructional classrooms while increasing enrollment capacity,” said President Jordan. With the addition of the science laboratories, the College will be able to explore offering a Pre-Engineering program and courses in “green-technologies”.
Those pursuing a Bachelor’s degree and beyond are also starting their educational journey at NCC. Stacy Charron, 2009 graduate, “Initially, I wanted to attend a private, four-year college, but it was not financially possible. As an alternative, I chose NCC to save money and live at home with hopes of transferring later. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The close-knit community allowed me to build confidence and pursue many leadership roles on and off-campus.” Last May, Stacy graduated with a diploma in one hand and an acceptance letter to Cornell University in the other.
Stacy’s story exemplifies the trend seen at community colleges throughout the nation. Today’s students are savvy consumers looking for the best value, and NCC’s Liberal Arts program provides a strong foundation for their educational pursuits.
Continued growth in the Liberal Arts program and societal needs led the College to offer an additional concentration in Peace and Social Justice Studies. The program prepares graduates to function as community advocates to help ensure a society in which equity and peace building is embraced and preserved. Since the program’s inception in fall 2009, it has birthed a wellspring of initiatives in an out of the classroom setting including a Conflict Resolution Education intensive, and a 10 day, 3-credit Study Abroad program in Costa Rica. The international experience will focus on Peace Education, Leadership, and Sustainability and expose the students to a global perspective on peacebuilding strategies.
Global responsibility was also the theme of the Student Senate’s recent benefit concert, featuring Recycled Percussion. In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti the students organized the event to raise funds for relief efforts. Casey Dean, Vice President of Student Senate, “The earthquake may have happened hundreds of miles away, but the aftershock could be felt worldwide. We felt compelled to help. I’m happy to share that we will be sending $7,900 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Relief Fund.”
Nashua holds its role as a community resource with high regard. This June, the College is partnering with the NH Women’s Leadership Institute by hosting the 3rd Annual Women’s Leadership Summit. “We are honored to host this year’s Summit. It is an opportunity for our female students to see the possibilities that lie ahead. Erin Brockovich [keynote speaker] clearly is a testament to the power of the human spirit. It is our duty, as an educational institution, to provide opportunities for students to hone their leadership skills and network with women leaders of today and tomorrow,” stated President Lucille Jordan.
As the college celebrates its 40th anniversary, it pauses to reflect on its expanding role in the community. “During difficult economic times it is essential that we, as a community partner, forge relationships with area businesses and non-profit organizations to steward NH resources. The success of the College and the Greater Nashua region depends upon these actions,” said President Jordan, “NCC looks forward to providing affordable education and lifelong learning opportunities to our community for the next 40 years and beyond.”>
To learn more about Nashua Community College, schedule a campus visit by calling (603) 882-6923 x1461.