Nashua Community College Joins with College for America at SNHU to Develop New Advanced Manufacturing Degrees Program with Funds from the U.S. Department of Labor

NASHUA, NH – Today Nashua Community College and College for America at Southern New Hampshire University announced a partnership to develop a new “Advanced Manufacturing by Innovation and Design” program, funded by a $2.5 M U.S. Department of Labor grant to Nashua Community College and informed by input from area businesses.

The “Advanced Manufacturing by Innovation and Design” (AMID) program will implement a STEM-based academic path for students from an Advanced Manufacturing Certificate to an Associate in Science degree in Precision Manufacturing and Mechanical Design Technology.  The program will also facilitate the transfer of credits to Bachelor’s degree programs.

Under the unique partnership, students will receive the benefits of both a competency-based general education curriculum by completing online projects, and learning hands-on skills in the classroom, interactive simulations, and experiential learning opportunities at Nashua Community College.   The CfA model will be customized to the Advanced Manufacturing programs of study at NCC.

“Industry partners are key to the program’s success and will play a pivotal role in the instructional design of AMID, in close collaboration with CfA’s innovative teaching and learning model and Nashua Community College’s rigorous Advanced Manufacturing curricula,” said Nashua Community College President Lucille Jordan. “Through this dynamic partnership, AMID will chart a course that meets the workforce needs of today’s highly competitive precision manufacturing market.”

The program is designed to help students achieve Advanced Manufacturing competencies that can stack into four-year STEM-based degrees and will target workers at risk of job loss, and transition workers as well as traditional students into Advanced Manufacturing careers.

“This new Advanced Manufacturing program is a unique partnership enabling us to make higher education accessible to more students while also making it more applicable in the workplace,” said Kristine Clerkin, Executive Director of College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. “We’re excited to work with Nashua Community College to blend traditional, experiential, competency-based, and online project-based learning to create new higher education pathways that will help more workers advance their lives and careers.”

AMID will focus on five core elements with a particular emphasis on:

  • the development of stackable credentials that build Advanced Manufacturing competencies;

  • articulation agreements that allow dual enrollment at NCC and CfA and facilitate transition to four-year STEM-based programs of study;

  • technology-enabled learning strategies using virtual instruction to standardize programs of study across the state;

  • interactive simulations that provide state-of-the-art experiential learning opportunities for new, dislocated and incumbent workers; and

  • Online learning through innovative instructional design.

Founded in 1970, Nashua Community College is committed to providing comprehensive, market-driven, accessible, quality programs of higher education that respond to the needs of students, businesses and communities.  NCC offers both transfer-focused and career-oriented associate degrees and certificates. In 2013, the College’s 5,000 square foot Advanced Manufacturing laboratory was renovated and is equipped with machinery found in today’s cutting-edge manufacturing environment including a 3-D printer, and Prototrack CNC/Manual Lathes. Nashua Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

College for America is a division of Southern New Hampshire University which administers competency-based college degrees designed to be more applicable in the workplace and more accessible and affordable for working adults. The nonprofit’s students demonstrate mastery of workplace-relevant competencies by completing real-world projects­—instead of traditional courses, lectures, and credit hours—that are directly informed by industry, academic and subject-matter experts. Student work is submitted online in a flexibly scheduled, self-paced program designed for working adults with busy lives.  Earlier this week, College for America announced launch of the first nationally available, fully accredited $10,000 bachelor’s degree program in the country.

The development of the AMID program is funded through a grant from the US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, which “provides community colleges and other eligible institutions of higher education with funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less, are suited for workers who are eligible for training under the TAA for Workers program, and prepare program participants for employment in high-wage, high-skill occupations. Through these multi-year grants, the Department of Labor is helping to ensure that our nation's institutions of higher education are helping adults succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the needs of employers for skilled workers.”

For further information, contact:

Barry Meehan, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Nashua Community College, 603-578-8900 x1645 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Colin Van Ostern, College for America at SNHU, 603-314-7637, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


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

Massage Therapy

Pathology (license in Massage Therapy required)


  • Biology
  • Chemistry


Business Computers

Computer Applications and Technology



Electronic Engineering Technology

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


College Composition


Ethics in the Workplace

Learning Experience

First Year Experience


Algebra I


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 for College Success


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

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.

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