Letter: A wealth of online options available at NHTI
Kudos to David Woolpert for his Oct. 3 column on education options for individuals in the Concord community (“Education options aplenty,” Monitor Forum). As the now retired vice chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire and a former faculty member and administrator at NHTI, I was pleased to see NHTI cited as a valuable resource for individuals seeking career and technical education. However, I would like to point out one omission.
Woolpert mentions the growing popularity of online courses and references the University of New Hampshire, Southern New Hampshire University, the University of Phoenix and Harvard University as primary examples of institutions providing online education. What is omitted is the role CCSNH, and NHTI specifically, plays in providing online education. When I retired a year and a half ago, CCSNH was the second largest provider of online education in the state (behind SNHU). Last year’s total enrollment in online courses across the seven community colleges in the state was 11,676. At NHTI alone it was 3,201. In the current fall semester NHTI offered approximately 80 online courses, as well as full degree programs in criminal justice, early childhood education, business administration, hospitality and tourism management, and general studies.
As Woolpert points out, online education is an appealing option for working individuals seeking career advancement. I would also add that it is wonderful option for individuals who are place-bound and find it difficult to travel long distances to take classes at a college. Information about the online courses and programs at NHTI can be found on the college’s website at nhti.edu.