Combination of traditional and non-traditional initiatives prepare workforce-ready graduates
Nashua, N.H. – Manufacturing and technology companies in Southern New Hampshire are an integral part of the academic culture at Nashua Community College (NCC). Business partners play an active role in developing scholarships, internships, and other programs that prepare students for precision manufacturing careers during their studies and after graduation.
“We work very closely with our industry partners to offer internships and job placement for our students,” said Mark Dodge, professor and program coordinator of Precision Manufacturing at NCC. “They also play a key role in an advisory capacity and we incorporate their input into our program curriculum. Thanks to partnerships with local industry leaders, our students have access to more opportunities.”
Internship programs are an important way students attain real-world application of their academic skills. At General Electric Aviation, Dekka Industries, Amphenol Corp., and BAE Systems, formal internship programs with the college have been in place for several years. Local businesses also contribute to curriculum development: Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. helped NCC develop its new Metrology Certificate and BAE Systems helped develop a new non-credit course called Microelectronics Boot Camp. These contributions often have far-reaching impacts, with interns working full or part time during and after their studies at NCC.
Donations – both in expertise and financially – are also crucial ways Granite State companies strengthen NCC’s precision manufacturing programs and other programs that provide workforce skills training. Rapid Manufacturing Group established its first annual scholarship program, through which five students were awarded $2,000 each in July 2016. The organization has also donated funds for software packages and NCC’s annual scholarship fundraiser. Omni Components Corp. donates a significant amount of time each year, also serving an advisory role to NCC, along with Datron Dynamics, Inc., WH Bagshaw Co., Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co., Inc., and .
NCC’s Precision Manufacturing and Mechanical Design Technology programs are success stories that illustrate this collaborative culture of active industry partnerships. An advisory committee comprised of administrative, academic, and community leaders meets about twice a year to identify goals, share feedback, and identify opportunities to further strengthen parthernships. In tandem with NCC’s Advanced Manufacturing by Innovation and Design (AMID) program, NCC also looks to its business partners as resources to ensure the curriculum is in line with industry needs while seeking their input for the development of new programs.
The goal of these partnerships and programs is to help students obtain high-paying jobs in industries where evolving technical skills are in demand. NCC’s industry partners are a natural beneficiary of those students, interns, and employees who often work part time while in school. There, they build connections that often secure them a full time job after graduation, further strengthening the ties between New Hampshire’s community college system and the organizations that drive our economy.
To learn more about NCC’s Precision Manufacturing day and evening certificate program or about the Associate of Science in Precision Manufacturing, please visit nashuacc.edu.
About Nashua Community College
Since 1970, Nashua Community College has been successfully meeting the educational needs of the Greater Nashua area through providing a high quality two-year, post-secondary education. The college partners closely with area industries that provide students with a unique perspective in their fields of study, allowing for a real-world experience to further their academic journey. Students can choose from a variety of associate degree and certificate programs, with six of their programs now being offered online. Nashua Community College is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65 percent of New Hampshire citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.