RVCC Welcomes GSC to Lebanon Academic Center

Collaborative relationship provides new academic location, resources, and reinforces commitment to workforce development in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley

Claremont, NH – Two of New Hampshire’s public higher education institutions are collaborating in a new way, giving students and employers in New Hampshire’s Upper Valley more options and greater convenience when making career and professional development choices. In January, Granite State College co-located with River Valley Community College’s (RVCC) Lebanon Academic Center as it expands science and liberal arts offerings for transfer opportunities, workforce development training, and dual enrollment arrangements.

“This collaboration recognizes students’ desires to remain a part of the RVCC community and pursue a bachelor’s degree,” said Kristen P. McKenna, M.Ed, director of the Lebanon Academic Center at River Valley Community College. “We have worked closely with Granite State College since 2014, and hope the center becomes an Upper Valley hub for education and professional development in the areas where expanded pathways to degrees and certifications will support workforce needs.”

The two colleges also offer a dual enrollment option for a three-year nursing degree where students complete introductory courses needed for an Associate Degree in Nursing at RVCC, can begin work as registered nurses, and complete classes toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through advanced courses at Granite State College – which has consistently ranked in the top 100 of U.S. News and World Report’s list of online degree programs. Now, with both institutions co-located on the same campus, the options for developing additional cost-effective academic and community workforce development programs are limitless.

“The opportunity for Granite State College to work with River Valley Community College in Lebanon, as with other CCSNH partnerships statewide, is a reflection of our shared commitment between the two state systems of higher education,” said Granite State College President Mark Rubinstein. “In the coming decade, New Hampshire will face significant challenges as employers in almost every sector of the economy experience a wave of retirements and competition for talent from similarly situated states in the region. Public higher education has always been an important economic engine for New Hampshire. Particularly now, it is imperative that the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) and University System of New Hampshire (USNH) work closely together on behalf of students to create opportunities that align with the needs of New Hampshire’s employers and the needs of New Hampshire’s communities for educated and engaged citizens.”

At a recent legislative luncheon, officials from the two colleges encouraged feedback from the business community which will help shape the direction of the newest endeavor between Granite State College and RVCC.

To learn more about degree and certificate programs at RVCC, visit rivervalley.edu. For more information about Granite State College and its programs and campuses, visit granite.edu.

About River Valley Community College

River Valley Community College is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire, offering thirty-nine associate degree and certificate programs in Claremont, Keene, Lebanon, and Online. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of post-secondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.

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