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Not the Training Institute, the Community College: Introducing NHTI, Concord’s Community College
“When NHTI first opened its doors in 1965 as New Hampshire Technical Institute, it had one classroom building and one residence hall, with a statewide mission to educate students in the first two years of engineering technologies, and with a transfer option at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Through the decades, the college continued building its engineering technology programs, added programs in health, business, computer, education, and justice/ legal studies, all leading to transfer or workforce or both. Many of these programs continue to be highly technical; however, the programs that have grown the most are in Liberal Arts and General Studies. The new Visual Arts program, for instance, has swelled in one year to 35 student majors and 400 students taking arts courses. (Richard Heath, Concord Monitor). In 2008, the name of the College was changed to NHTI, Concord’s Community College. This name honors our past and reflects our growth to a comprehensive community college with more than 70 academic programs and full campus life. NHTI is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire with six other sister schools in Berlin, Laconia, Claremont, Portsmouth, Manchester and Nashua.
NHTI is situated in south central New Hampshire in the capital city of Concord. The campus is located on 240 acres of fields and woods with frontage on the Merrimack River. It is an easy drive to the White Mountains, New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, the New England seacoast and metropolitan Boston.
With 110 full-time faculty and over 300 adjunct faculty members, our typical class size is 15 to 25 students with an average age of 25. We have approximately 4,568 day, evening and weekend credit and noncredit students attending NHTI each year. 4.84 % of our students report ethnicity other than Caucasian (including African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and Native American), and the general student body is made up of 45% men and 55% women.
NHTI has a small, but robust residence life program. Today, there are three residence halls accommodating 360 residents. NHTI Office of Residence Life employs 17 RAs, 2 full time RDs, 1 Assistant Director/RD and a Director of Residence Life as Residence Life. There are three active hall councils providing our students with additional leadership opportunities. With the combined efforts of the residence life staff and the Hall Councils, resident students were offered 187 programs to attend last semester. Damage fines have been reduced by 75% in the last three years with Residence Life’s positive community incentives program. A comprehensive RA training program is provided in the beginning of each semester and the paraprofessional staff selection process has a unique staffing component (see the article in our feature that highlights the “Head” RA position). Additionally, as NHTI students are transferring to four year colleges after graduation, NHTI RAs have been successful in the last two years by moving directly into RA positions at their transfer school. Check us out and learn more about our school and our residence life program! NHTI Residence Life can be found on line at https://www.nhti.edu/student-life/residence-life.
Submitted by Trish Godino Loring, Director of Residence Life, NHTI Concord’s Community College