September 11, 2020

Two Virtual Events Provide Info on Available Programs and Registration Process in Time for Sept. Start

PORTSMOUTH – It is not too late to sign up for fall classes at Great Bay Community College. A full suite of Late Start classes, both face-to-face and online, will begin Sept. 28. Great Bay’s Late Start program opens doors for new opportunities and new careers in Massage Therapy, Hospitality Management, Motorcycle Repair, and many other areas of study.

Great Bay also offers an array of general education courses, making Late Start classes appealing to college-bound students who may be second-guessing an original college choice for the fall, high school students seeking a head start to their college careers, and others who are considering taking a gap year and wanting to supplement college credits.

Courses are appealing as well to high school students as well, says Steve Gorman, Director of Admissions at GBCC.  “We continue to see a growing number of students seeking a head start to their college careers taking advantage of our Dual Enrollment programs for high school students.” According to Gorman, these programs allow students to take college-credit courses to satisfy high school graduation requirements while allowing them to bank college credits at a significant tuition savings.

“Also, with COVID” Gorman continued, “many high schools have had to reduce face-to-face course offerings. Students are finding they can come to us for specific courses offered on our campus or take remote courses taught by our faculty – who have years of experience teaching in this format.”

Late-start opportunities are also available in Business, Computer Technologies, Criminal Justice, History, Math and Psychology, and other subjects. A schedule of up-to-the-minute Late Start class offerings and availability is available at

Late Start classes run 12 weeks, from Sept. 28 to Dec. 18. Great Bay will deliver classes face-to-face, online, and remotely online, which means classes meet online on specific days and times. Great Bay faculty have re-envisioned their courses for innovative online and remote-curriculum experiences.

As a way to introduce prospective students to the college. and assist with the registration process in time for class start, GBCC is hosting two virtual events over the next few weeks.

The college is hosting a Late Start “Mini Virtual Open House” from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

on Thursday, Sept. 17th. Details are as follows:

GBCC “Late Start” Mini Virtual Open House

When:  Thursday, Sep 17, 5-6:30 PM

Where:  Live, Virtual Event via Zoom.

Details:  The mini-open house will focus on the following programs with Late Start offerings: Accounting, Business, Computer Technologies, Criminal Justice, Hotel, Restaurant, and Event Management, Liberal Arts, Massage Therapy, and Motorcycle Repair/Maintenance.  Prospective students can speak with the faculty, have questions answered, and find out about the application and registration process in time to start this September.

The college is also hosting an Express Admissions Day on September 21st from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m.

Details are as follows:

GBCC Express Admissions Day

When: Monday, September 21, 2020 from 8AM – 5PM (check in no later than 12 PM, prospective students should allow time for placement testing if needed before registration)

Where: Live, Virtual Event via Zoom

Details: Express Admissions Day enables those who want to start on Sept. 28th or Oct. 26th, to have the opportunity to complete the application process in time for the fall semester. Prospective students can meet with staff from Admissions, the Center for Academic Planning and Support, and the Advising and Transfer Center to get assistance with the enrollment process. Financial aid counselors will also be available by appointment to discuss federal student aid, scholarships, and the state tuition grants available to those negatively financially impacted by COVID.

Drop-ins are welcome on Express Admissions day, but RSVPs are appreciated.

For more information, on both the Mini Virtual Open House or Express Admissions Day, visit  GBCC Admissions Events or contact Admissions at 603-427-7600, X7500 or [email protected].