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June 21, 2016

GBCC Launches New Degrees in Bioengineering and Engineering Science

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - Engineering continues to be near the top in terms of numbers of job listings by employers as we progress in the 21st century.

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June 15, 2016

GBCC Medical Assistant Program helps to Fill Hiring Shortage

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH, NH – Great Bay Community College (GBCC) has partnered with Core Physicians and Wentworth-Douglass Physician Corp Core Physicians and to offer a medical assistant training program. The program includes classroom instruction, hands-on lab experiences and a 160-hour practicum at local medical offices and is designed to meet standards set by the Affordable Care Act.  Students learn the skills sets required by regional employers and are prepared for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) national exam.

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June 14, 2016

Hospitality Students Learn Life Skills at New Orleans-based Non Profit

by Bob Keyes

PORTSMOUTH - Seven students from the Great Bay Community College Hospitality Club recently returned from New Orleans, where they spent time with students and staff at a nonprofit restaurant and event center that helps at-risk youth.

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June 13, 2016

Trump has right to present his platform

by Will Arvelo, President

Trump’s visit to Great Bay Community College has me worried. Not because of his views. After all, I don’t agree with most of them. I am Latino and I love my Mexican brothers and sisters … legal or not.

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June 9, 2016

Students Find Summer Courses Valuable Part of College Strategy

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – Summer Classes at Great Bay Community College are widely perceived as a smart choice for new, returning and visiting students. For current college and high school students entering Great Bay in the fall, summer courses offer the chance to lighten course loads, move through degrees faster or fulfill course prerequisites. For others, they offer the opportunity to explore a new interest or develop professional skills. For students attending other institutions, taking a course at Great Bay for $200 per credit also makes financial sense as most credits transfer to partner four year colleges and universities.

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June 2, 2016

CCSNH Announces Tuition Freeze for Upcoming Academic Year

by Shannon Reid

Concord, NH - The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) today voted to freeze tuition for the 2016-17 academic year, formalizing a commitment made to legislators and the Governor during the development of the state's biennial operating budget for FY16-17. In-state tuition will remain at $200/credit, which translates into roughly $6,000 for a year for full-time tuition. 

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June 2, 2016

NH Community Colleges Honor High School Partners “Running Start” Dual Credit Program Expands to 100 High Schools

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – Governor Hassan joined New Hampshire’s Community Colleges recently to honor seven individuals from high schools across the state who have been advocates for the Community College System of NH’s Running Start program.  Running Start enables high school students to take courses at their schools for dual high school and college credit.  Great Bay Community College and the Community College System of NH recently honored Seal  Peschel , Director, Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester.
By earning college credits while in high school, students get a head start on their college education, can shorten the time to obtain a degree and reduce college costs. Each course taken through Running Start costs $150, a significant savings from the costs of a course taken directly through a college.  Running Start credits have been accepted at more than 200 colleges in recent years, including all seven of NH’s community colleges as well as institutions that include Stanford, Tufts, John Hopkins, the University of Connecticut, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, George Washington University, the University System of NH and SNHU, among many others.
The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) created the Running Start program in 1999, with an initial group of seven NH high schools. Since then, the program has expanded to 100 schools.  Course offerings range from technical studies in software applications, automotive, and engineering, to advanced chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, college composition and other humanities courses among others.  Student registrations have increased 25 percent over the last five years.  
“Ensuring that students in New Hampshire have access to affordable higher education is critical to their success in the 21st century innovation economy and to building a stronger workforce in the Granite State,” Governor Hassan said. “Because of CCSNH’s Running Start program, New Hampshire high school students have the opportunity to pursue college credits at significantly discounted rates, allowing them to get a head start on their higher education. I commend our local high schools, community colleges, and most importantly, this year’s Running Start Advocates Award winners for working together to help prepare our young people for success.” 
“Running Start is an important way for NH families to save money on college and get a real head start,” said Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH.  Gittell also thanked Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation for supporting the program through grants for student scholarships and outreach activities.

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May 16, 2016

A great day for Great Bay graduates

by Kimberley Haas

PORTSMOUTH - Students graduating from Great Bay Community College on Saturday morning heard the message that they can sit down with the President if they want to, from a woman who literally spends time with presidential candidates.

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May 11, 2016

GBCC's 70th commencement ceremony Saturday

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – Commencement for the 200 members of the Great Bay Community College Class of 2016 is Saturday, May 14 at 10 a.m. the Pease International Tradeport campus.

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May 4, 2016

Students Earn Both High School and College Credits through Great Bay Community College’s Early College Institute

by Bob Keyes

Seven College-Level Courses offered Starting June 27 at GBCC

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May 3, 2016

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

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH - On Monday, April 25 and Wednesday April 27th, students had the opportunity to show off their work during Great Bay Community College’s fourth 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.  For the first time, scholarships were awarded to those whose projects were judged among the best from the Project Poster and Multi Media categories.

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May 2, 2016

Renee Plummer to Speak at Great Bay Community College Commencement on May 14

by Lisa Proulx

Entrepreneur and Business Leader, Jacqueline Eastwood to Receive Honorary Degree

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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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