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May 8, 2015

GBCC Hosts 69th Commencement

by Lisa Proulx

Commencement exercises for the more than 275 members of the Great Bay Community College class of 2015 will be taking place on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00AM the College’s Portsmouth campus on the Pease Tradeport.  The Speaker for the College’s 69th Commencement ceremonies will be David Hampson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Willis of New Hampshire, Inc. and National Partner of Willis Programs in North America.  The class of 2015 is comprised of both traditional and non-traditional aged learners from across New England as well as a number of foreign/International students. 

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April 27, 2015

GBCC Hosts First Annual Campus2Campus Event for High School Students Enrolled in Career or Technical Courses at High School or Regional Technology Center

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH: On Thursday, April 16, forty high school students and their families attended the first annual Campus2Campus event at Great Bay Community College.   The program, held at the Portsmouth campus at the Pease Tradeport catered to student currently enrolled in career and technical courses at their local high schools or regional technical centers.  Attendees included students from  Rochester , Hampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, Milford, Somersworth, Derry, Dover, Newmarket, and Hudson.

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April 22, 2015

GBCC Students Participate in Third Annual S.H.O.W. Event

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - On Monday, April 20 and Tuesday April 21st, close to forty students had the opportunity to show off their work during Great Bay Community College’s third annual S. H. O.W. (Students Highlighting Outstanding Work) event.  Described as a forum beyond the classroom, each year, the event allows students enrolled in a wide spectrum of programs to gain experience presenting their work to the public and college community.  
Diane King, Center for Teacher and Learning Coordinator for Great Bay, has directed the S.H.O.W. program since 2013.  “Not only does the event showcase our students’ work quality” said King, “but students who elect to participate are stretched even further in their educational experience.   Developing brief presentations for the public is a step beyond the completion of the assignment that allows them to reflect on their work and practice presentation skills.  It’s professional development.”

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April 13, 2015

Great Bay Community College Hosts Job Fair at ATAC in Rochester

by Lisa Proulx

Event open to job seekers interested in a variety of positions including advanced manufacturing

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April 10, 2015

Great Bay Community College President Signs Statement of Support from ESGR

by Lisa Proulx

Reaffirms the College’s commitment to supporting members of the Guard and Reserve

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March 25, 2015

Dave Sokolnicki Named Head Coach of GBCC Men’s Basketball Team

by Justin Sullivan

PORTSMOUTH — Dave Sokolnicki, former head coach of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, has accepted the head coaching position of the men’s basketball program at Great Bay Community College. Sokolnicki joins Allyson Britton and Amy Maltagliati as the inaugural head coaches of Great Bay’s three new athletic programs.

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March 20, 2015

GBCC Hospitality Club Students Attend National Conference in Las Vegas

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH -On March 9th, students from Great Bay Community College’s Hospitality program attended the Catersource & Event Solutions Conference in Las Vegas, a four day event that attracts over 7000 attendees annually.  During the event, they stayed at the world renown Venetian Hotel,  attended seminars on the latest trends and developments in both catering and event planning, met with professionals in the field at Caesar’s Hotel,  toured the Bellagio, Paris, and MGM hotels and had the opportunity to network at the convention tradeshow held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  “The majority of our students are already working in hospitality or have or are planning internships in the surrounding area” said Hospitality Department Chair, Dawn Comito.  “Through this trip, it has been great to expose them not only to one of the top destinations in lodging and entertainment, but also to opportunities within the industry outside the New England area.” 

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March 11, 2015

ACM Students Build 14’ Carbon Fiber Bridge

by Lisa Proulx

Students enrolled in the Advanced Composites Manufacturing Certificate program at Great Bay Community College's Advanced Technology and Academic Center (ATAC) in Rochester, recently completed a new High Performance Fabrication course. Added in February, the course is part of a new specialization within the 6-month Advanced Composites Manufacturing Certificate (ACM) program which provides students with industrial training for employment in composites materials manufacturing.

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February 26, 2015

Maltagliati named GBCC volleyball coach

by Justin Sullivan

PORTSMOUTH — Amy Maltagliati, a native of Rye, has accepted the position of head coach of Great Bay Community College’s women’s volleyball team. The women’s volleyball program is a new addition to Great Bay’s current athletic programs and the season begins fall of this year.

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February 25, 2015

WorkReady NH Prepares Employees with Soft Skills

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH -  According to CareerBuilder, 77 percent of employers currently seek job candidates who possess “soft skills” – specifically, the personal attributes that enable them to positively interact with colleges and customers.   WorkReady, NH, a practical career-readiness program offered at Great Bay Community College offers job seekers and career builders an opportunity to improve these highly sought-after skills.

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February 24, 2015

GBCC’s WorkReadyNH Program is Now Accepting Students for the March Sessions

by Lisa Proulx

WorkReadyNH, a career and professional development program offered at Great Bay Community College, is now enrolling students for their March day and evening classes. The program, offered at both the Portsmouth and Rochester college campuses, includes  60-hours of  soft skills  in a  simulated work setting to teach   communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem solving, critical thinking and conflict resolution skills. Upon completion, participants receive two nationally recognized credentials. WorkReadyNH is free! To be eligible participants must be 18 years or older, not a full time student and a US resident. For more information on the next available class contact: 

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February 24, 2015

Mentors Share Professional Experience and Life Lessons - Two New Programs Offered to Students at Great Bay Community College

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – “There should be a required course on all life lessons and career development before graduating college” said Jo Ann Hampson when explaining the rationale behind two new mentoring programs offered at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth. She, along with Monique Shevlin, Principal at Signature Escrow & Title Services recently launched the Women in Business Executive Mentor Program for female students enrolled at the College. Through a lunchtime speaker series and group mentoring sessions, the program provides students with insight from successful female business leaders on a variety of topics including how to prepare for an interview and manage personal finances to navigating the demands of work, school and home.   In addition to the Women’s Mentoring Program, the College also offers a new individualized executive level coaching experience pairing industry mentors with student mentees.  The new Executive Mentoring program was recently developed by David Hampson, President & CEO of Willis Programs and husband of Jo Ann. “Because both programs are aimed at complimenting the education students are receiving in the classroom” said Mike Fischer, Associate V.P. of Student Affairs at Great Bay, “they fit perfectly into the Student Leadership program objectives established by the College.”

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February 13, 2015

GBCC Professor Prepares High School Teams to Compete in National Math Challenge

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – On Friday, February 13th, teams of students from Noble High School and Raymond High School recently gathered at Great Bay Community to learn college-level math and “R Studio” one of the top programming languages, all  in preparation to compete in “Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge” a national math challenge awarding up to $125,000 in scholarships.

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January 30, 2015

College Basketball: Great Bay CC names Britton women's head coach

by Mike Zhe

PORTSMOUTH – It’s got a conference affiliation in place and a facility under construction. Great Bay Community College took the latest step toward its new athletic identity Friday when it named Allyson Britton the coach of its new women’s basketball team, which will begin play in 2015-16 as a member of the Yankee Small College Conference.

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January 7, 2015

High Tuition Costs? You Have Options

Headshot President ArveloWe all want the best for our children.  However, skyrocketing tuition costs can have negative financial implications for parents and families for years to come. As President of Great Bay Community College, I am committed to building public awareness and letting people know that there are options for successfully pursuing higher education without ending up in the poor house. With strategic planning people can have access to a quality education and offset the long term implications of escalating college tuition.

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December 22, 2014

How One Student Went from GBCC to UNH

Sometimes it just takes a nudge, a suggestion, a gentle push in one direction for a person to find their way. For Jackie Lemaire, it was an invitation.

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December 19, 2014

Great Bay Community College Chosen by Staples Associate to Receive $3,500 Grant

Great Bay Community College has been awarded $3,500 by Staples Foundation, under a program that lets Staples Associates direct donations. Matt Valcancick, a second year Marketing student and employee of Staples applied on behalf of his college. Staples believes its way to give back to the community is by giving employees a voice and letting them choose.

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November 13, 2014

Students get humor, fun and lessons on metrology day

by Desiree Crossley

ROCHESTER — What’s the difference between accuracy and precision? Turns out, quite a bit — and knowing the difference is critical in high-tech manufacturing of equipment and infrastructure like modern jet engines and city bridges.

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October 10, 2014

Demand high for Great Bay Community College high-tech manufacturing students

by New Hampshire Business Review

From the lighter, stronger jet engines of the future to turbines that transform wind and water into green energy to prosthetics that change patients’ lives — advanced composites are emerging in the world’s leading markets and driving demand for highly skilled manufacturing technicians.

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October 3, 2014

'Cliff' weighs in on America's future: At lab stresses we must continue to manufacture things

by Liz Markhlevskaya

ROCHESTER — John Ratzenberger may have made his career in acting, but in Rochester on Thursday, he said it is skills in manufacturing — not the arts — that are essential to the American future.

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