You don’t have to be a high school senior or older to consider joining NHTI – Concord’s Community College! We offer many programs that cater to the educational needs of high school students who want an advantage going into their college and professional years. Read below to learn more about how to take college classes and earn college credit while still in high school.

Early College

Our Early College program allows current N.H. high school students (including public, private, charter, and homeschool) to take NHTI credit-bearing courses on our campus at a discounted tuition. These credits may be applied toward an NHTI degree or possibly transferred to another college or university. Early College allows you to:

  • Enroll in courses that are not available in high school
  • Experience real college courses on a real college campus
  • Explore career options in a major you may be considering
  • Save time and money towards your degree!

For more information, contact Mark Bograd, coordinator of high school outreach and advisor to the Early College program, at 603-230-4029 or email

Have questions? Check out our Early College FAQ.


eStart is a dual credit program that gives N.H. high school students the opportunity to take 100% online college courses through the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) while earning high school and college credit simultaneously. eStart allows you to:

  • Earn high school and college credit for the same online course
  • Access your class anytime/anywhere to fit your busy schedule
  • Learn from highly qualified CCSNH faculty
  • Gain valuable experience with college coursework
  • Transfer credits to many colleges and universities
  • Save money – tuition is only $150 plus the cost of textbook

NEW: NHTI now offers an online dental assisting science course for “ADED 110C Dental Assisting Science I.” This course can be taken by any student interested in the Dental Assisting program and as an e-start course for high school students and transferred when they are accepted into the Dental Assisting program at NHTI. View the course here.

eStart is a partnership between the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) and the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School. For more information contact Ed Symes, eStart program coordinator, at 603-717-5965.

Running Start

Running Start offers you the opportunity to take challenging college courses while in high school at a reduced tuition rate. It’s a concurrent enrollment partnership between participating high schools and NHTI. College credit is earned at NHTI but may be transferred to other institutions. Running Start allows you to:

  • Earn college credit at NHTI while earning credit toward high school graduation
  • Take courses during your normal school day
  • Register for courses for only $150 tuition, a significant savings
  • Take a college course to find out what it is like

Available courses include Accounting, Calculus, Human Biology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Networking, Programming with C++, Psychology, Physics, and Sports Marketing. Introductory engineering courses available include Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, and Principles of Engineering. Funding is available for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take up to two STEM courses per year through the governor’s STEM scholarship fund.

Once approved by local school boards, students in designated STEM and STEM-related courses can be reimbursed for these Running Start courses after successful completion of the course by obtaining a C or better for a final grade. Reimbursements will occur after final grades are verified.

For more information, contact Mark Bograd, coordinator of high school outreach and advisor to the Early College program, at 603-230-4029 or email

Cisco Academies Program

The Cisco Networking Academy is a curriculum offered by Cisco that provides a method for secondary and higher education academic institutions to offer Cisco-certified training. NHTI has been authorized by Cisco to offer training for the Cisco Certified Network Associate Training Program since 1999.

NHTI offers the Cisco Networking Academy Program in several ways to accommodate the differing needs of our students, including as part of our Information Technology Networking degree. High school students looking to earn college credit can enroll in NHTI’s Running Start Program, which offers CISCO training.

If you already have a degree in Computer Science or are interested in the Cisco certification training, contact Fred Lance at for more information. Classes are offered days and evenings.

For more information, contact Mark Bograd, coordinator of high school outreach and advisor to the Early College program, at 603-230-4029 or email

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills.

A Cisco Certified Network Associate works with networking equipment such as routers and switches to build Local Area Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs). These Networks allow people to share information, access the Internet and work collaboratively from across the room or on opposite sides of the world.

At NHTI you will be building LANs, WANs and wireless networks with Cisco routers and switches and connecting various end user devices including Windows clients, servers, printers, web servers and others. You will gain knowledge of networking protocols such as TCP/IP, WAN standards such as HDLC and PPP and routing protocols such as OSPF, RIPv2 and EIGRP. You will also implement layer 2 concepts such as VLans and Spanning Tree protocol.

If your goal is to learn how to build and maintain small to medium sized LANs and WANs or if you are currently working in the field and want to obtain the CCNA certification to further your skills and career then this track is for you.

Benefits of CCNA Certification

Overall, Cisco certification validates an individual’s achievement, so it increases the holder’s professional credibility by ensuring high standards of technical expertise.

A CCNA can do the following:

  • Install and configure Cisco switches and routers in multiprotocol LANs and WANs
  • Provide Level 1 troubleshooting service
  • Improve network performance and security

Positions for a CCNA include:

  • Help desk engineer
  • Field technician
  • Level 1 systems engineer

Program Highlights:

NHTI’s Cisco Lab is equipped with over:

  • 100+ routers
  • 100+ switches
  • 8 Cisco VoIP routers
  • 16 Cisco IP Phones
  • Instructors are trained and certified through the Cisco Academy.
  • Small classes for more one-on-one instructor interaction.
  • Program accommodates different learning styles by using multiple media to deliver content

Note: While this program requires no previous network experience, it is necessary to have basic computer skills, which includes basic PC operating system experience, email and Internet access and basic word processing skills.

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