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Since 2010, Nashua Community College’s Scholarship Fund has provided need-based scholarships to NCC students. These scholarship funds often provide the “bridge” that allows our students to continue their education and improve their lives.
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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.
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.
Since 2008, nearly 2,000 Bhutanese refugees have made New Hampshire their home after fleeing conflict in their homeland. Their tragic story is told in a documentary film, The Refugees of Shangri-La, which follows their 20 year journey from Bhutan to Nepal and eventually to freedom. The documentary will be shown at the Judd Gregg auditorium, Nashua Community College on Wednesday, September 17th at 7pm. Following the screening, Dr. Sara Withers, Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Hampshire, will lead a discussion on the humanitarian effort.
The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is the local partner of the film project and the screening is funded through a NH Humanities Council grant.
The film kicks off NCC’s 2014-15 Lecture Series. Admission is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested at http://www.wacnh.org/ or 603-314-7970. For further information on the film, go to http://www.therefugeesofshangrila.com.
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/
Coming to the Nashua Community College Lecture Series on Thursday, April 10 at 6:30pm in the Gregg Hall
auditorium, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”, provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic
experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab.
A 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it. Shining a spotlight on the latest scientific and psychological research, the film also highlights the work of Drs. Sally and Bennet Shaywitz, co-founders and co-directors of the Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity, to illuminate the hidden origins and implications of dyslexia.
Proving that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, “The Big Picture” beautifully illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome.
A panel discussion featuring experts from the field of dyslexia follows the film. Panelists include Dr. Melissa Farrall, S.A.I.F., author of Reading Assessment: Linking Language, Literacy, and Cognition, and Janna Osman, M.Ed., Vice President for Programs, Stern Center for Language and Learning, and Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute at the Stern Center for Language and Learning.
The New Hampshire chapter of the International Dyslexia Association is co-sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public; no reservations or tickets are required.
Turning 18 is a major milestone and definitely a reason to celebrate. But it is also a game changer! Could you list 18 things that an 18 year old needs to know as they enter this next phase of life? Voting is easy, but what about FERPA? They might know where to buy a lottery ticket, but if they won who would be their beneficiaries? They can easily get a tattoo, but do they have a primary care physician? And, how do their parents go from being in charge to being a coach?
Eighteen year olds (plus or minus a few years) and their parents are invited to a panel discussion on Thursday, May 2nd from 7-9pm in the Gregg Hall auditorium at Nashua Community College to explore the legal, financial, medical and relational challenges that are part of the journey to adulthood today. The event is part of the on-going NCC Lecture Series.
Panelists include Jennifer Starr, Ph.D.; Pam Richardson; attorney Maura Loftus; and Christine Sullivan, DNP. Starr is an advocate for financial literacy for all ages and has taught business and economics at several universities and
colleges, including Nashua Community College. Richardson, circulation coordinator at Rivier University, hires, trains and works with 18 – 24 year olds. She also has experience as a social worker and business owner. In her practice, Loftus often deals with legal issues that may involve emotional family dynamics. She is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and is a member of the NH Bar Association since 1994 and NAELA - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Sullivan is a pediatric nurse practitioner and a faculty member of the nursing program at Rivier. She will provide tips for young adults on navigating the healthcare system.
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/
Radio personality Mike Morin will appear at the Nashua Community College Lecture Series on Thursday, April 18th at 7pm in the NCC Wellness Center Conference Room. Morin will discuss the road that his radio career has taken him for the past 40 years through excerpts from his recently published book, Fifty Shades of Radio: True Stories of a Radio Morning Guy Being Wired, Tired and Fired. Throughout the decades in the business, he has been buried alive three times for charity, played over 350,000 songs and interviewed two presidents along with hundreds of celebrities. Morin has pulled some crazy on-air stunts during his 10,000-show broadcasting career. And then there are the stories that couldn’t be put in print...
The morning co-host at WZID-FM in Manchester since 2002, Morin’s radio career has taken him from the tiny town of Grayling, Michigan to the top broadcast market of New York City as well as Detroit, Washington, D.C, and Boston, since playing his first record in 1971. For the record, it was Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” on 1590 AM – WGRY in northern Michigan. Morin also wrote a DJ comedy/prep service used by 140 personalities in the 1980s. He was a TV weatherman in Toledo and co-host of candlepin bowling television shows in New Hampshire and Boston for nine years. Awards include Best Personality and/or Morning Show by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters four times since 2000. In 2004, Morin began writing a weekly humor column for the Nashua Telegraph, which has led to assignments for New Hampshire magazine, Northeast FLAVOR, Around Concord, The Boston Globe, and Chicken Soup for the Soul books.
Coming to the Nashua Community College Lecture Series on Thursday, April 4 at 7pm in the Gregg Hall auditorium, “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia”, provides personal and uplifting accounts of the dyslexic experience from children, experts and iconic leaders, such as Sir Richard Branson and financier Charles Schwab. Directed by James Redford, the film not only clears up the misconceptions about the condition but also paints a picture of hope for all who struggle with it. Shining a spotlight on the latest scientific and psychological research, the film also highlights the work of Drs. Sally and Bennet Shaywitz, co-founders and co-directors of the Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity, to illuminate the hidden origins and implications of dyslexia. Proving that dyslexia is a neurological issue and not a character flaw, “The Big Picture” beautifully illustrates that while the condition is an obstacle, it also carries some unique advantages, and ultimately can be overcome.
A panel discussion featuring experts from the field of dyslexia follows the film. Panelists include Dr. Melissa
Farrall, who works as a consultant with parents and school districts through her business, Mind Matters Inc,
located in Amherst, NH; Michael Patten, an adult dyslexic, who is an educator at Strong Foundation Charter
School in Pembroke, New Hampshire; and Renee LeCain, SLP/CCC, the founder and owner of The Language,
Literacy & Learning Center, LLC in Hampstead, N.H.
Participants are welcomed to take part in six simulated activities which mimic the experiences and processing of those with dyslexia.
The New Hampshire chapter of the International Dyslexia Association is co-sponsoring the event, which is free
and open to the public; no reservations or tickets are required. NCC is located at 505 Amherst Street in Nashua.
The remarkable true story of a young Massachusetts woman who fought as an enlisted soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution takes place on Thursday, March 21st at 7pm in the Gregg Hall auditorium at Nashua Community College as part of the NCC Lecture Series.
Storyteller/actor Joan Gatturna returns to NCC in a performance of “Petticoat Patriot: The Deborah Sampson Story.” Gatturna performed in the NCC Lecture Series last winter in a character interpretation of Rachel Revere. Sampson’s story reveals how an early life of poverty and abandonment led young
Deborah to take a daring step into a world closed to women of her time, and how she continued to defy the restrictions placed on women, even as she became a wife and mother following her military adventure.
“Petticoat Patriot” has been performed since 1990 from the coast of Maine to Washington DC. Joan Gatturna, of Hingham, Massachusetts, is both the creator and performer of the piece. She is on the touring rosters of the New England Foundation for the Arts and the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s “Humanities To Go” program, and is a Creative Teaching Partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
The presentation is sponsored through a Humanities to Go mini-grant, awarded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
The program is free and open to the public. Snow date is Thursday, March 28th at 7pm.
March is Women’s History Month and there is no better time to hear a remarkable story of tea, trouble and revolution from the woman who rode through life with Paul Revere. In her role as Rachel Revere, Chautauquan artist Joan Gatturna tells of the Boston Tea Party, the Midnight Ride and the Siege of Boston.
Experience these events through the eyes of a woman who engineered the escape of her family from occupied Boston and smuggled money to the Sons of Liberty, while keeping the home fires burning as her husband fanned the flames of Revolution.
“The Other Side of the Midnight Ride” takes place on Thursday, March 22 at 7pm in the Gregg Hall auditorium at Nashua Community College as part of the NCC Lecture Series. Snow date is Friday, March 23 at 7pm.
Since 1990, Gatturna has toured the Northeast performing one-woman dramas about the lives of remarkable American women. Most recently she was commissioned by the Paul Revere Memorial Association to create a piece portraying Pauline Revere Thayer, a great-granddaughter of Revere, who was a force in the establishment of the Revere House as a museum.
Her presentation is sponsored through a Humanities to Go mini-grant, awarded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Nashua native Ron Dube will discuss his book, Nashua Area Men and Women in World War II, in conjunction with Nashua Community College’s on-going lecture series. A retired science teacher, Dube’s book chronicles the roles that Nashua area natives played in the Second World War. Dube’s career also included a stint as a freelance newspaper columnist, and the idea for the book was conceived from several articles he wrote about Nashua veterans.
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.