March 18, 2017
And officials at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester are working on an agreement so graduates of the GBCC program can transfer into the homeland security program there.
Officials at HII Technical Solutions in Portsmouth were happy to hear the news last week. The company currently has two job openings that support software programming and cyber-related activities, according to corporate director for public affairs Beci Brenton.
HII Technical Solutions provides systems integration and cyber security support for the Navy. Brenton says connections to local colleges and universities could be beneficial as they develop their workforce, not just in New Hampshire but across the country.
"We have found that cyber experts can support many projects and customers remotely from anywhere in the United States," Brenton said.
"We have been very successful in our relationship with Christopher Newport University here in Newport News, Va., which has allowed us to build out software engineering talent."
In technology-rich areas such as Boston, about half of the entry-level cyber security jobs go unfilled because of a lack of qualified candidates, according to a news release from GBCC.
Students who earn an associate degree in the new program will be qualified for jobs with starting salaries of between $40,000 and $50,000 a year, the school said.
Salaries of experienced cyber security professionals and those with advanced training are three times the national average, with hourly wages at almost $56 per hour, officials at GBCC say, citing the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"These are not jobs, these are careers," Great Bay information systems technology professor Kevin Behnke said in a statement. "The American economy is about knowledge, and cyber security is the forefront of the American economy."
The program at GBCC will train students to work in national security and the medical, financial, retail and manufacturing fields.
Jay Smith, the president of sales at Security7 Networks in Hampton, said the company already hired two employees who took courses at GBCC. His company serves hundreds of clients all over the world.
Smith said there are cyber security breaches all the time, and his company caters to businesses that can't hire a full-time specialist but still need network and security services. Smith said he is happy to partner with Behnke, who gives students the skill sets they need to get started in the business.
Erika Mantz, a spokesperson for the University of New Hampshire, said there are about 25 students on the Manchester campus working toward a bachelor's degree in homeland security. There is no similar degree program at UNH in Durham. Graduates from GBCC's associate degree program will be able to transfer their credits to UNH Manchester.
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Many Americans need jobs, or want better jobs, while employers have good jobs they can’t fill. Matching them up is the tricky part.When Nathan Kecy graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire a decade ago with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he found himself with about $10,000 in debt and few clear career options. He first found work as a door-to-door salesman (“a pyramid scheme,” he recalls) and then in telemarketing. Finally he landed a job as an infrastructure specialist for Datamatic, a Texas-based water-meter-technology company. He was traveling across the country installing meters, making a decent salary. But he lost his job after the company restructured in 2012, he said, and soon he found that his skills weren’t easily transferable to a new field; Datamatic’s technology was proprietary, and his expertise in the company’s installation program wasn’t appealing to employers outside that particular industry. He tried going into business with a friend, but the relationship soured. By then he had a baby and a fiancée, and he felt stuck. Read more
January 24, 2017
Great Bay Community College Partners with Digital Marketing Center to launch Digital Marketing Bootcamps in FebruaryPortsmouth, NH - Marketing in the digital world is very complex, and having a full understanding of the tools that make organizations visible to target audiences is critical. To address the learning curve, Great Bay Community College (GBCC) has partnered with a new nonprofit organization, the Digital Marketing Center: Seacoast (DMC Seacoast) to launch three digital marketing certification programs. All three include working directly with local companies to ensure experiential learning during the courses. Read more
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January 12, 2017
Student Life assistant Sara Poulin said the college used to offer just two volunteer opportunities a year, but students asked for more, so they started arranging monthly volunteer outings this summer. The program was successful, so the school continued the program through the fall and is planning opportunities for the spring semester.
The Student Life Department now maintains an ongoing list of places where Great Bay students have volunteered before and places that are looking for help, such as the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Newington, Operation Blessing in Portsmouth and Greenleaf Recreation Center in Portsmouth.
Student Katti Mowers, who is graduating this spring with an associate degree in hospitality management and a certificate in meeting and event coordinating, participated in the school’s hospitality club last year. Great Bay compensates the club for the volunteer work they do, so they have been involved in a number of volunteer projects.
Mowers said they helped the United Way with their “Purses for a Purpose” silent auction at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, wrapped presents at a church in Portsmouth before Christmas, assisted children with games during “Ghost on the Bankes” at Strawbery Banke Museum in downtown Portsmouth and worked at Operation Blessing on Lafayette Road.
“We did whatever they needed us to do,” Mowers said of their time at Operation Blessing, which has served the needs of over 187,000 people in times of crisis. “We helped with cleaning out their winter clothes to help them prepare for their spring attire, cleaned windows, helped rummage through donation boxes and folded the clothes.”
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December 27, 2016
Solving the education dilemma - The quest for affordability should be the norm rather than the exceptionNever has the need for education been so great, yet never have the majority of options consumed such a high percentage of gross income, nor left students with such burdening sums of student loan debt. No state represents this conundrum better than New Hampshire which was recently ranked first for the highest average debt per student ($36,101) upon graduation. This cost benefit analysis is no longer a dilemma for only lower and middle class families – it’s now a conundrum for most families, especially if they have more than one child. It’s increasingly important that we explore and understand all of the educational options within an evolving workplace, while prioritizing the importance of value. Fortunately, Community Colleges, especially our own Great Bay Community College, are raising the bar and are likely to drive innovative educational solutions throughout the state. Read more
December 20, 2016
Free WorkReady NH Program Opens Door to Job Opportunities, Promotion and Career Change for Over 2500 NH ResidentsPORTSMOUTH - More than 2,500 New Hampshire residents have sharpened their workplace skills and made themselves more attractive to employers since fall 2011 through WorkReadyNH, a model workforce development program offered through the Community College System of New Hampshire. Read more
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December 2, 2016
Rudis, an adjunct math teacher at Great Bay Community College, has the ability to take limitless amounts of raw data, sort it and make sense of it so the world functions more smoothly, smartly and efficiently.
Rudis, a chief data scientist for the Boston software company Rapid7, is helping Great Bay launch a new associate’s degree program in analytics. It’s a family effort. Rudis’ wife, Mary, heads up Great Bay’s math department, and together they are spearheading an initiative they believe will help distinguish Great Bay by offering an associate’s degree in one of the top growth fields in the information economy. Read more