June 2, 2016

by Lisa Proulx

PORTSMOUTH – Governor Hassan joined New Hampshire’s Community Colleges recently to honor seven individuals from high schools across the state who have been advocates for the Community College System of NH’s Running Start program.  Running Start enables high school students to take courses at their schools for dual high school and college credit.  Great Bay Community College and the Community College System of NH recently honored Seal  Peschel , Director, Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester.
By earning college credits while in high school, students get a head start on their college education, can shorten the time to obtain a degree and reduce college costs. Each course taken through Running Start costs $150, a significant savings from the costs of a course taken directly through a college.  Running Start credits have been accepted at more than 200 colleges in recent years, including all seven of NH’s community colleges as well as institutions that include Stanford, Tufts, John Hopkins, the University of Connecticut, Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, George Washington University, the University System of NH and SNHU, among many others.
The Community College System of NH (CCSNH) created the Running Start program in 1999, with an initial group of seven NH high schools. Since then, the program has expanded to 100 schools.  Course offerings range from technical studies in software applications, automotive, and engineering, to advanced chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, college composition and other humanities courses among others.  Student registrations have increased 25 percent over the last five years.  
“Ensuring that students in New Hampshire have access to affordable higher education is critical to their success in the 21st century innovation economy and to building a stronger workforce in the Granite State,” Governor Hassan said. “Because of CCSNH’s Running Start program, New Hampshire high school students have the opportunity to pursue college credits at significantly discounted rates, allowing them to get a head start on their higher education. I commend our local high schools, community colleges, and most importantly, this year’s Running Start Advocates Award winners for working together to help prepare our young people for success.” 
“Running Start is an important way for NH families to save money on college and get a real head start,” said Ross Gittell, Chancellor of the Community College System of NH.  Gittell also thanked Bank of America’s Charitable Foundation for supporting the program through grants for student scholarships and outreach activities.

This is the ninth year the community colleges have honored Running Start high school partners.  The 2016 award recipients include:

Susan Clark, Guidance Counselor, Woodsville High School
Tom Kelly, Teacher, Mascenic High School, New Ipswich
Christopher Dodge, Director, Salem High School CTE Center
(Gov. Hassan)
Lisa Yates, Teacher, Nashua High School South
Denise McGlone, Teacher, Plymouth Regional High School
Sean Peschel, Director, Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, Rochester
Elizabeth Monaco, Teacher, Kearsarge Regional High School, North Sutton