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My Turn: NHTI working to use resources wisely



Six weeks ago, I became president of NHTI, Concord’s Community College. I was and remain thrilled to have taken on this role, become a member of this community and to have joined New Hampshire’s system of exceptional community colleges.

NHTI is by any measure a tremendous success story. Grown over the last decade to serve thousands of students each year with affordable, high-quality programs aligned to economic needs and opportunities, NHTI is a gem in the region and state. NHTI changes lives, year in and year out.

There will always be challenges associated with balancing limited funds and allocating resources where they are most needed and will have the most impact. But certain things will remain true regardless of the challenges that face us inevitably as leaders, employees, advocates and participants.

Here are some things that you can count on: This fall, NHTI as it has every fall will welcome thousands of New Hampshire students to our vibrant campus where they will have opportunities to gain the education and skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives. They will engage in a rich campus life that includes student clubs, sports, cultural and social events, and will find the opportunity to grow and enrich their lives.

Adult learners who desire to come back to college, either to retrain or because they may not have earned a college degree previously, will find an institution open and receptive to their needs, learning styles and aspirations.

NHTI will continue to work with New Hampshire employers and industry partners to ensure our programs are current, relevant and that they position our graduates for career success.

Those of us charged with ensuring the fiscal sustainability of the college will make the best decisions we can to use resources wisely, even when it means making difficult choices. We owe this to our college community as well as to the broader public whose tax dollars contribute to the support of NHTI and its sister community colleges.

NHTI will continue to meet New Hampshire’s needs for a skilled work force by offering pathways to skilled careers or for transfer to a four-year college or university, and by building pathways from our high schools NHTI will continue to innovate and make sure our students, faculty and staff have access to the tools they need to be successful as learners, teachers and staff who work hard to meet the service needs of our students.

NHTI will continue to help students become engaged citizens who make their communities and state a better place to live, work and raise a family.

NHTI has so much to offer to prospective students and to the community. If you haven’t been on campus in a while, come visit us and see for yourself the opportunities that can be found here.

(Susan Dunton lives in Concord and became president of NHTI, Concord’s Community College, on July 1.)

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