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N.H. offers free advanced manufacturing course

New Hampshire is hoping to attract more students to its new advanced manufacturing certificate program by offering free tuition for the program’s first course.

The limited-time tuition break is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships in Education initiative, which brings together the state’s seven community colleges, manufacturers, state agencies and others to increase the state’s skilled workforce.

The new certificate program focuses on science, math, composition, communication, business and computer skills. Credits awarded will be transferrable between the community colleges and may later be counted toward associate degree requirements. The goal is to create a seamless transition from classroom to career by teaching students the exact skills identified by manufacturers as necessary for success.

To address students’ concerns about cost, accessibility and fear of the technical nature of the program, classes will be available in online, traditional and online formats. Online academic support and networking resources will be available 24 hours a day online. The first course is being offered free to up to 2,000 students.

“This initiative should help to level the playing field for those who are interested in entering advanced manufacturing but who feel they do not know where the entry point is,” said Will Arvelo, president of Great Bay Community College. “We hope many will take advantage of getting on this path that will lead to well-paying jobs in New Hampshire.”

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