NHTI Professor Appointed to Workforce Commission

Nursing department head Mary Jean Byer to serve
Mary Jean Byer, MS, RN

CONCORD — The New Hampshire Nurses Association (NHNA) has appointed NHTI Nursing Department Head Mary Jean Byer, MS, RN, to serve on the newly-formed Commission to Review and Evaluate Workforce and Job Training in New Hampshire.

The commission was established by the legislature on July 2, 2018, “to review and evaluate all government funded workforce and job training programs in New Hampshire to ensure that they are effective, not duplicative, and that they are contributing to the needs of the workforce and the labor market.”  NHNA appoints one member of the 16 member commission. 

Mary Jean Byer has been with NHTI for the past 32 years, initially as adjunct and then full-time nursing faculty, later as Curriculum Chair, and presently as Department Head.  She previously served on Senator Woodburn’s Commission to study the shortage of nurses and other skilled healthcare workers for home health care services and post-acute care services.  Byer has also served as a member of the Nursing Advisory Board at Franklin Pierce University and Plymouth State University.

NHTI is a dynamic public institution of higher learning providing accessible, rigorous education, serving students, businesses and the community by creating pathways for lifelong learning, career advancement and civic engagement. With 100 full-time faculty and 250 adjunct faculty, NHTI Concord’s Community College offers more than 90 academic programs to more than 4,000 students annually.  NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire, and has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, a nongovernmental, nationally recognized accrediting agency, since 1969.