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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 model.

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 AM jobs and will create a path to a STEM-based four-year college degree. The competency-based 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 Competency-Based Education (CBE) curriculum in the field of Advanced Manufacturing that awards credits based upon student demonstration of competencies in the classroom, through online courses, in the machine lab, and on the job. In addition, AMID will develop a process to identify and implement appropriate competency assessment tools for prior learning to identify existing skills and experiences that a student may have for which they have not received any academic credit or credentials, and implement policies / procedures to award credits for this past experience. The existing curriculum will be re-designed to make it easier to access, self-paced and an independent learning experience. We will also expand the existing machine lab and include additional AM machines.

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:

  • Competency-Based Education Work Group (CBE-WG)

  • Procedures and Policies Work Group (P&P –WG)

  • Student Navigator Work Group (SN-WG)

This approach to Advanced Manufacturing credentials will motivate students by letting them proceed at their own pace and it will individualize the program and in some cases cost less than the tuition for our traditional programs. The program will also 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 CBE Machine Tool Technology CNC Programming certificate in the fall of 2015. We anticipate launching the CBE 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..

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