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RVCC receives grants for health and STEM programs
May 27, 2015
River Valley Community College (RVCC) teachers recently received seed funding for two projects in the third round of grants from the Community College Innovation Fund of New Hampshire. MORE

RVCC graduates: Successfully balancing life and school
May 23, 2015
On Friday, May 22, more than 220 students from River Valley Community College (RVCC) joined with family, friends, faculty, administration and community members to celebrate the school's 47th commencement, and the beginning of their adult lives. MORE

SHS, RVCC collaborate to offer more programming
May 11, 2015
During the superintendent’s report at the last school board meeting, Dr. Middleton McGoodwin spoke about a meeting he had recently with Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, president of River Valley Community College (RVCC), to help strengthen the bond between Stevens High School (SHS) and the college. The goal of the collaboration is to expand the opportunities for students at the high school. MORE

Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, President of River Valley Community College, Finalist for American Association of Community Colleges Award of Excellence
April 13, 2015
The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) has announced that River Valley Community College and Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, President, have been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Award of Excellence in Emerging Leadership.  MORE

River Valley Community College and ExL University pilot course around entrepreneurship
March 30, 2015
This winter, a group of diverse students from the greater Claremont area had a unique opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, thanks to a new course being piloted by ExL University and River Valley Community College. MORE

For Many, Community College Is the Ticket to a Better Life
March 8, 2015
In the summer of 2012, Ashley Andreas moved to Vermont with her boyfriend, whose family lived in the state. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Andreas left Millersville University, near Lancaster, at the end of fall semester 2011.  MORE

Kuster leads community college tuition discussion at RVCC
February 24, 2015
On Monday, Congresswoman Annie Kuster met with members of River Valley Community College staff and leadership, students, and Claremont officials to discuss President Barack Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college. The roundtable discussion was held at the college. MORE

River Valley Community College receives energy rebate check
February 21, 2015
On Friday morning, representatives from Eversource Energy (formerly PSNH) presented River Valley Community College (RVCC) officials an energy rebate check in a presentation held in the college's library. The rebate is the result of energy efficiency work the college had performed. MORE

Shaheen hosts heroin roundtable with police
February 20, 2015
On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met with members of local law enforcement, health care professionals, government officials, and educators for a roundtable on heroin at River Valley Community College. MORE

Obama proposes plan to make community college free for everyone
January 9, 2015
President Barack Obama rolled out a new plan Thursday to make two years of community college free, or nearly so, for millions of students across the country, a major investment that the White House cast as changing the face of higher education. MORE

Lovejoy Tool Company donates tooling equipment to River Valley Community College
November 20, 2014
President of River Valley Community College Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith and members of the college’s Advanced Machine Tool Program team hosted Lovejoy Tool Company’s Director of Administration Todd Priestly at River Valley’s Keene Academic Center. MORE

River Valley Community College nursing program on track to regain national accreditation
November 19, 2014
River Valley Community College is on track to regain national accreditation for its associate degree nursing program, the college's president announced Tuesday.  The college received full approval of its registered nurse program from the N.H. Board of Nursing in mid-October. Under administrative rules, the approval lasts for five years. MORE

Harvey-Smith formally installed as RVCC's tenth president
September 20, 2014
River Valley Community College celebrated its first inauguration ceremony Friday morning as the college officially installed Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith as the institution’s tenth president. MORE

Schools Offer Options To Lebanon College Students
August 29, 2014
In the wake of Lebanon College’s announcement last week that it would be canceling fall classes and moving toward closing the school, other area schools have begun scrambling to attract the college’s former pupils. MORE

Bus Bill Signed
August 28, 2014
Gov. Maggie Hassan signed House Bill 650 Wednesday morning, clearing the way for the creation of a bus service between Claremont and Lebanon. MORE

Slots Sought For Students From College
August 26, 2014
Officials from River Valley Community College met Monday with the president of Lebanon College to discuss how the Claremont school might enroll students from the Lebanon institution, which abruptly canceled classes for the fall semester. MORE

River Valley Community College partners with gunmaker
August 9, 2014
River Valley Community College has entered a partnership with firearms manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. MORE

River Valley Community College President Selected To Attend The Harvard Seminar for New Presidents
July 29, 2014
Dr. Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, President of River Valley Community College, with locations in Claremont and Keene, New Hampshire was one of 50 competitively selected presidents from private and public institutions from around the country to participate in the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents. MORE

River Valley and Granite State join forces
June 3, 2014
Two colleges are entering into an agreement today that could have a large impact on the future of the city. MORE

Celebrating student success
May 13, 2014
Claremont’s Common Man Inn and Restaurant hosted the River Valley Community College 2014 Student Achievement Awards Celebration Monday night in its ballroom. MORE

River Valley Community College expands transfer options to art institute 
April 30, 2014
River Valley Community College announced a new transfer agreement with the New Hampshire Institute of Art this week.  Students who complete certain courses and qualifications at River Valley will now be guaranteed a spot in the institute’s creative writing bachelor’s degree program.  MORE

Barbara Couch: Why NH students need Common Core's higher standards
April 13, 2014

As a leader at Hypertherm, I see far too many high school graduates who do not have the basic math skills required to succeed in advanced manufacturing positions.

RVCC President Selected for Two National Presentations
April 8, 2014
Dr.Alicia B. Harvey-Smith, the President of River Valley Community College (RVCC) in Claremont and Keene, NH was selected to share her leadership expertise by both the National Council on Black American Affairs (NCBAA) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). MORE

Rapid Insight Announces QuickStart Analytic Solution for Community Colleges
April 1, 2014
Rapid Insight Inc., the leading provider of easy to use predictive analytics and data intelligence software, today announced the launch of an analytic solution specifically aimed at enabling data driven decision making at community colleges.

River Valley Community College looks to increase male enrollment, close gender gap
March 22, 2014
When Alicia B. Harvey-Smith came to River Valley Community College last year, she said she wanted to use data to guide a review of the community college’s academics, demographics and finances. MORE

Ten Innovative Projects at NH Community Colleges Receive Funding - Two Successful Proposals from River Valley Community College
March 17, 2014
Ten innovative projects at NH’s community colleges to enhance student success and workforce readiness were selected for seed funding in the second round of grants from the Community College Innovation Fund of NH. MORE

River Valley Community College President Appointed to NH Higher Education Commission
February 25, 2014
The Board of Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire has appointed River Valley Community College President Alicia Harvey-Smith to the New Hampshire Higher Education Commission.

River Valley talks growth, future plans with local legislators in Keene
February 22, 2014
The Community College System of New Hampshire wants to increase enrollment, accessibility and affordability while improving students’ success at its seven schools in the coming years. MORE

RVCC one step closer to accreditation; hires nursing chair
February 7, 2014
CLAREMONT - River Valley Community College recently took another step toward regaining its accreditation status for its nursing program, after losing its status over the summer.  MORE

RVCC Boot Camp recruiting ground for earnest high-tech manufacturers
February 4, 2014
CLAREMONT — It’s a pretty rare sight — even in today’s recovering job market: A room of students and job seekers listening intently while representatives from local companies work to sell them on openings for high-tech, high-paying jobs. MORE

Area colleges fielding more interest
February 1, 2014
Following a year of leadership changes, officials at area universities and colleges say they're optimistic about 2014, despite continued financial constraints and increased competition for students.  MORE

New Math Courses in Keene Aim to Help Community College Degree-seekers
January 13, 2014
Two locals schools are teaming up to offer community college students a chance to catch up on their math without falling behind on their finances.

Something New and Exciting at River Valley Community College Expanded Schedule, Locations and Hours
December 16, 2013
River Valley Community College is offering increased opportunities for students to enroll during the Spring 2014 semester. Registration is now in process and classes begin January 21, 2014.

Community colleges pitch benefits, hope to grow numbers
December 10, 2013
Despite increased enrollment at community colleges in the past five years, New Hampshire has one of the lowest statewide percentages of students enrolling in the colleges.

RVCC President Inspires Students
December 3, 2013
River Valley Community College President Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith encouraged students in a Self-Care and Stress Management class to use River valley as a launching pad...MORE

Gov. Hassan talks economy, employment with local leaders
November 20, 2013
Gov. Maggie Hassan got an earful from business leaders frustrated with the lack of qualified employees in the state.  Hassan went to River Valley Community College Tuesday morning...MORE

RVCC Groundbreaking Launches Renovations
October 17, 2013
River Valley Community College launched its $2.9 million renovation of the Claremont campus with a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday.

RVCC president lives for learning, helping others 
September 23, 2013
During a recent conversation with a student, River Valley Community College President, Alicia Harvey-Smith gave the young woman advice on her future.
“I said to her, ‘there has to be an intersection between your passion and your purpose,’” she said...MORE

River Valley Community College Opens Semester with a Vision
September 5, 2013
“This is our opportunity to dream, to envision the future,” inspired Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, River Valley Community College President, as she outlined her visions and expectations in an open assembly for students, faculty and staff, as part of Welcome Week activities at the College...MORE

A Summer of Change with New Leadership in NH Higher Education
August 26, 2013
There will be plenty of fresh faces on college and university campuses throughout New Hampshire this fall, and that’s not just the incoming freshman class.  Of the 22 colleges and universities who are members of the New Hampshire College & University Council, seven of those institutions will have new leaders in the corner office...

New River Valley President Plans to let Students Guide Path to Growth, Improvement
August 19, 2013
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith's passion for her new job is infectious, like her nonstop smile. And why wouldn't it be? She says she's doing what she loves - investing in the power of higher education to transform students, their communities and the world...MORE

RVCC President Gets to Know Claremont
July 18, 2013
Alicia Harvey-Smith, the new president of River Valley Community College, began her official tenure Monday, but she's already been immersing herself in the community. Harvey-Smith, selected in March from among three finalists by the Community College System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees, has visited the city's Thursday farmers market at Broad Street Park and attended a fundraiser for the Police Department...

River Valley Community College Welcomes New President Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith
July 15, 2013
River Valley Community College welcomes Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith as its 7th president. Dr. Harvey-Smith comes to River Valley with twenty-five years of experience in higher education. Her previous position was vice president for student affairs at Baltimore City Community College in Baltimore, Maryland, a public institution serving 19,000 students annually...


Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith addresses student, faculty and staff at campus assembly

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