Nashua Community College Invites Students to ‘Discover’

Nashua Community College Invites Students to ‘Discover’

On April 2 at Nashua Community College, high school juniors and seniors are invited to Industry & Transportation/Manufacturing Career Discovery Day, an opportunity to learn about their various transportation and manufacturing programs.

Transportation programs include Automotive Technology, Aviation Technology, Collision Repair Technology and Honda Automotive Technology, while manufacturing programs feature Precision Manufacturing, CNC and Mechanical Design Technology.

“We have invited many of our industry partners from both the transportation and manufacturing industries,” said Samantha Belcourt, CTE Coordinator of Continuing Education, Nashua Community College. “Many of our partners also serve on program advisory boards, which help inform curriculum and ensures that our graduates are career ready.”

These relationships, she said, are crucial.

“They keep our programs current and relevant to the needs of industry,” she added.

Belcourt said the event is not just geared toward students with experiences in these fields.

“Seniors at the high school level who have not had exposure to these type industries are under the misconception that they cannot pursue a degree in these fields,” she said. “These programs, however, welcome students with all backgrounds and experiences.”

According to Karl Wunderlich, Department Chair of Transportation, Nashua Community College, the event also underscores the educational value available with the Community College System of New Hampshire.

“Why spend $100,000.00 or more on a four year education and not be able to earn that back within 5 years?” he rhetorically noted. “Our 2-year degree, for example, costing about $25,000.00 including tools, can help a student earn higher wages and more job security. A graduate working in this industry for 5 years can earn $100,000 annually or more.”

He said job placement in these fields for graduates is nearly “instant.”

“The rate of new people coming into this field is not keeping pace with those reaching retirement age,” he added. “All types of jobs available.”

Belcourt agreed and said community college education relies on partnerships with both educational leaders and industry partners.

“We depend on our industry partners to help align our programs with industry standards,” she said. “We can not only set the right expectations for out students, but create career pathways.”

Any educator interested in bringing their students to campus for Career Discovery Day can RSVP to NCC Admissions Director Laura Tremblay at

Berlin Welding Students Sweep State Competition

Berlin Welding Students Sweep State Competition

Students at the Berlin Regional Career and Technical Education Center’s Welding Program sweep the skills USA state championships placing 1st, Noah Cornish 2nd, Jason Binette and 3rd, John Arquin. The Berlin Regional Career and Technical Center’s Welding programs instructor is the longtime teacher and welding instructor Dennis Carrier. He is no stranger to going to nationals. He has created many amazing welders for years. This year’s class is very special to him. Berlin will represent the state in Louisville, KY at the national championships in June!!

Seacoast School of Technology Welding Students Help Out Police Department

Seacoast School of Technology Welding Students Help Out Police Department

The Barrington Police Department needed pass through lockers for evidence collection. Lockers will be installed into a wall where officers will place seized evidence into the locked lockers on the outside and the people working inside can collect the items in the morning. These are usually very expensive, but the Seacoast School of Technology Welding Technologies students were able to fabricate them for just over a $100!

Register Now for Girls Technology Days 2017

Register Now for Girls Technology Days 2017

Preregistration is now available for Girls Technology Day 2017!  This year there are three locations and dates to choose from:

                                         Tuesday, March 14 @NHTI in Concord

                                         Thursday, March 16 @UNH in Durham

                                         Friday, March 17 @MCC in Manchester

To preregister your 9th and 10th grade students for an event, please go to  

Preregistering allows you to state your preference for a location and date and tells us how many students you will be bringing. The site also includes the coming event’s photo release forms, sponsorship information, and much more. We will send information at a later date to register student groups for individual workshops.

Please feel free to forward this email to all sending schools within your region. Also, share the attached save the date and NHGTD school flyers with faculty and students.  If you have any questions, please contact me or my colleague, Jennifer Kiley (

We look forward to seeing you at GTD 2017!  Dates are filling up, so preregister now for your first choice!


Courtney Ritchings, Education Consultant
Career Development Bureau
NH Department of Education
21 South Fruit Street, Suite 20
Concord, NH 03301
W: 603-271-3809
C: 603-573-0166
F: 603-271-4079


Cheshire Career Center

Cheshire Career Center

Location: Keene, NH

Director: Lisa Danley