NHTI Running Start Program Honors Kathi Mitchell

Concord Christian Academy teacher recognized for advocating college credits for high school students
CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell presents an Education Advocate Award to Concord Christian Academy Teacher Kathi Mitchell for her work with the NHTI Running Start Program.

CONCORD — NHTI, Concord’s Community College, and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) recently honored Kathi Mitchell, English teacher at Concord Christian Academy, for her work promoting the NHTI Running Start program, a partnership between the Community College System and New Hampshire high schools that enables high school juniors and seniors to get a jump start on their college education.  CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell presented the award at a ceremony in Concord (photo at left).

Kathi Mitchell has been teaching for 34 years and was selected for her continued commitment to the program including teaching multiple courses, and encouraging students to benefit from the program’s educational and economic opportunities.  Ms. Mitchell was also recognized for her inspiration, compassion, and ministering to the needy in her community.

Running Start is an enrollment partnership that enables high school students to take courses at their schools that satisfy both high school and college requirements.  Course credits earned through the Running Start program are accepted at NH’s community colleges, as well as many other colleges and universities in and outside New Hampshire.  Each course costs just $150, providing substantial savings to NH students and their families from the cost of a college education. 

“There has never been a more important time for the Running Start program,” says Paul Holloway, Chair of the CCSNH Board of Trustees.  “With the budget challenges faced within public education, finding strategies to make college affordable for our New Hampshire students is critical.”

NHTI, Concord’s Community College, is a fully accredited, public community college serving students, businesses and the community by providing excellent academic, technical and professional education.  NHTI offers over 65 academic programs to more than 4,500 students.  NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire.