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April 29, 2016

GBCC Announces Nontraditional Scholarship Award Winners for Spring 2016

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – Thirteen students from Great Bay Community College were each recipients of the College’s Nontraditional Student Scholarship for Spring 2016.  The scholarship, funded through the Carl D. Perkins Grant, recognizes outstanding GBCC students who excel in their non-traditional academic programs. In addition to maintaining a high academic standing, scholarship recipients were also required to write a compelling essay defining the goals they wish to achieve in their career. 

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April 28, 2016

GBCC Student Veterans Receive Stipend from NH Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Two students from Great Bay Community College were each recently awarded a $500 stipend from the NH Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.  Each year, the Association chooses students from area colleges and universities who have served in a combat zone and are working to continue their education to receive the award. “We have been doing this for the past five years” said Lynn Santosuosso, PR Officer and Road Captain from the NH Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.  “As vets started coming back and colleges began offering programs to benefit them, we saw a need.”

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April 26, 2016

GBCC Criminal Justice Associate Degree Now Also Offered 100% Online

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Great Bay Community College’s Criminal Justice program has long been hailed for its rigorous academic curriculum, successful internship program and high student placement.  Faculty members have extensive experience in the field of criminal justice and small class sizes often result in improved professional success among students.  Upon completion of the associate degree, graduates are trained to work in local or state law enforcement as an officer, in corrections as an officer or within the state and federal court systems.  Until now, the program has been offered in a face-to-face and hybrid format.  Beginning in the fall of 2016, the College will add a second program that will be delivered fully online. This is the first online associate degree program offered at Great Bay and the only Criminal Justice program of its kind in New England. The College’s Homeland Security certificate program is also offered 100% online.

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April 6, 2016

Veterans, Civilians, Career Changers Find Exciting Start to New Career in Aviation

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Before he learned to fly helicopters at Great Bay Community College, Keith Turgeon was working in a trade he didn’t love. “I didn’t want to spend my life doing something I didn’t enjoy. I was looking for something more exciting,” he said.
He found excitement in the aviation program at Great Bay Community College, where Turgeon is learning to fly helicopters. He is one of the first students without a background in the military to enroll in the new two-year Aviation Technology program offered through a partnership with Great Bay and Seacoast Helicopters of Portsmouth, N.H.  Doing so satisfied a long-held desire to fly and learn a career that’s different from anything else he’s considered, and at the same time add unrivaled adventure.
When he graduates, Turgeon expects to work in the aviation field, and hopes soon after to earn an annual salary of at least $60,000 and as much as $250,000 as he advances in his career. His potential jobs include working as a flight instructor, flying supplies and workers to remote job sites, giving sightseeing tours or working for energy companies. He could work in law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services (EMS – MedEvac) or wildlife management. Training to be a helicopter pilot also opens up employment opportunities in airport management and aviation maintenance, said Bruce P. Cultrera, president and CEO of Seacoast Helicopters of Portsmouth, which operates the program in partnership with Great Bay.

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April 4, 2016

GBCC Veterinary Technology Students Ready for New Demands of Animal Care Field

by Bob Keyes

PORSTMOUTH - There are many requirements of students who enroll in the Veterinary Technology program at Great Bay Community College.

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March 25, 2016

Gray gets GBCC women's nod

by Mike Zhe

PORTSMOUTH – Great Bay Community College has completed its basketball head coaching staff for the 2016-17 season, hiring Portsmouth native Jeff Gray as its women’s basketball coach.

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March 21, 2016

Sean Young named new men's basketball coach at Great Bay

by Mike Zhe

PORTSMOUTH — Whoever was going to be named the new men's basketball coach at Great Bay Community College was going to have a recruiting challenge in front of him, with no on-campus housing to offer prospective players.

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March 14, 2016

SkillsUSA NH Contest Held at Great Bay Community College

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Great Bay Community College was one of 7 contest sites hosting students as part of the annual SkillsUSA NH competition happening this week and next week.  SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, middle school, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. A total of 52 contests will take place statewide through March 18 with students competing in a variety of different areas, culinary, carpentry, leadership, and electrical to name a few.  These students are hoping to win a gold medal in their field to have the opportunity to go to the SkillsUSA National Conference that is held in Louisville, Kentucky.

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March 9, 2016

Curriculum expansion and convenience enhance appeal of Great Bay’s Rochester campus.

by Bob Keyes

ROCHESTER – In its brief existence, the Rochester campus of Great Bay Community College, otherwise known as the Advanced Technology & Academic Center or ATAC, has earned a reputation as a place where students can learn the latest in advanced composite manufacturing, qualifying them for immediate jobs when they graduate.

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March 7, 2016

Great Bay Community College Hosts “Getting Your Degree is as Easy as A to B, Associate to Bachelor”

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - High school students across New Hampshire are invited to Great Bay Community College’s expanded Transfer Pathways Event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the College’s main campus in Portsmouth. At the event,“Getting Your Degree is as Easy as A to B, Associate to Bachelor,” students will learn cost-effective and convenient ways to transfer from Great Bay after receiving a two-year degree to many of the state’s four-year colleges. The program will be in the Great Bay gymnasium, and will include representatives of from more than a dozen four-year New Hampshire and Maine colleges with whom GBCC has a formal transfer partnership agreement. Those schools include the University of New Hampshire at Durham and Manchester, Plymouth State College, Granite State College, Keene State College, Southern New Hampshire University, University of New England, Maine College of Art, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Colby Sawyer College and Franklin Pierce College.  Students will have the chance to talk to admission representatives about their academic programs, as well as ask questions and take home information.  For more information on the event, contact GBCC’s Advising Center:(603) 427-7728

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March 3, 2016

Students Seeking Non-traditional Career Path Find Motivation through Academic Coaching, Support, Services, Mentoring and Scholarships

by Bob Keyes

PORTSMOUTH - There are 12 people in one of the Kenneth Bradstreet’s massage therapy classes. Three are men.

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February 29, 2016

Great Bay basketball coaches Sokolnicki, Britton both step down

by Mike Zhe

PORTSMOUTH — One and done. Great Bay Community College is in the market for a pair of basketball coaches after men’s coach Dave Sokolnicki and women’s coach Allyson Britton made the decision to step down from their posts following seasons that concluded earlier this month.

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February 17, 2016

GBCC Surgical Technology Graduates in High Demand Open Dialog with Hospitals Results in Relevant Curriculum/Qualified Employees

PORTSMOUTH - The Surgical Technology program at Great Bay Community College is successful by many measures: It has a near-perfect graduation rate, graduates begin working immediately at hospitals across New England, and they are among the most prepared surgical technologists to enter the workforce.

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February 11, 2016

New Hampshire college luring students from southern Maine with composites-making classes

by Edward D. Murphy

As Great Bay Community College offer Mainers in-state tuition and job prospects, Southern Maine Community College is revamping its program. That concerns Maine companies. 

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February 10, 2016

Great Bay and UNH Manchester offer Biotechnology Public Pathways Program

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Students studying biotechnology at Great Bay Community College now have a convenient path to a four-year bachelor’s degree thanks to a new partnership between Great Bay and the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

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February 2, 2016

GBCC Extends In-State Tuition to Border Areas to Help Meet NH Workforce Needs

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Great Bay Community College announces a new initiative: in-state tuition to students in Maine and Massachusetts who enroll in one of three high demand programs offered at the College.  Programs selected to be part of this unique initiative include Advanced Composites Manufacturing Technology (ACM), Massage Therapy, and Surgical Technology. The in-state tuition plan will begin starting this Spring as a pilot with the potential for expansion. 

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February 2, 2016

Great Bay Community College Hosts Info Session on Advanced Composites Manufacturing Program

by Lisa Proulx

ROCHESTER, NH – Great Bay Community College will be hosting an info session from 9:00 to 10:00AM on February 5th for those interested in learning more about the College’s advanced composites manufacturing degree program.  The event will be held at the College’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester, New Hampshire

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February 1, 2016

Great Bay Community College offers February Start Classes

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Great Bay Community College is now offering an expanded selection of courses to accommodate those interested in starting a degree or taking a course this February.   Close to fifty courses in career and technical disciplines as well as the liberal arts are available at GBCC’s Portsmouth and Rochester campuses.  Classes are offered during the day, evening and online and span a number of programs including hospitality, criminal justice, computer technologies, biology, sociology, psychology and business. These late winter/early spring courses are an appealing option for individuals looking to explore a new interest, develop new skills or start working on a degree or certificate. To view complete list of courses offered starting February 16 visit www.greatbay.edu/latestart.  For more information or to get started, visit www.greatbay.edu/admissions  or contact the admissions office at (603) 427-7600.

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January 31, 2016

The art of big data

by Paul Briand

PORTSMOUTH – There is STEM, the education initiative that includes an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. And there is growing interest in STEAM, including the art of design principles and creative solutions in the mix.

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January 19, 2016

Massage Therapy Clinic at Great Bay Community College Accepting Appointments Clinic offers affordable option for massage therapy in professional learning environment

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – The massage therapy clinic is currently open at Great Bay Community College’s Portsmouth campus.  The general public can make an appointment for a 55 minute massage provided by a student enrolled in the College’s Massage Therapy Certificate Program.

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