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New A.S. Degree Supports STEM Studies

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In the Fall of 2014, NHTI will launch a new Associate Degree program in Mathematics.  Over a year in the planning, this practically-oriented program includes a foundation in computer programming and three semesters of calculus-based physics, along with a range of general education requirements.  The idea is for this program to provide a solid background for just about any type of 4-year engineering degree a student might choose to pursue.

"We went to UNH and met with their Math and Physics department heads," says Kate Sawal, head of NHTI's math/physics department.  "As a result we created five new courses, all of which will transfer as equivalent.  It was important to show them not only that our curriculum met their criteria, but that we would be able to maintain the rigor they require."  Articulation (transfer) agreements with Plymouth State and SNHU are also in the works.

Over the past year, the department has added staff and now has nine full-time math faculty and about 30 adjuncts.  It has also purchased lab equipment to support the new program, especially the calculus-based physics courses not previously offered at the college.

The development of this new program was driven in part by the Community College System of NH's current dedication to expanding its offerings in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.  The degree will prepare students for employment upon graduation in STEM positions in industry, as well as for continued study at the baccalaureate level.  Kate Sawal notes that students can take "approximately two courses for the price of one" at NHTI vs UNH, making the community college a very attractive alternative for students seeking to launch an academic or technical career.

But for Sawal, establishing a math major at NHTI has been a long-time goal, with ramifications far beyond the current drive to produce tech-savvy graduates to work in local industries.

"I believe in the power of math," she says.  "When we teach people to think like this, to do this kind of work, we are creating problem-solvers.  These are the people who are going to be able to go out and work on solving society's problems -- maybe not with calculus, but with that kind of rigorous thinking."

Stand back, NHTI ... let the thinking begin!


Tense About Tests?


Student Senate Wants You!

Are you smart, driven, and looking to make a difference?  Are you interested in representing your major in NHTI’s student government organization?  Student Senate is still recruiting talented, ambitious students for the spring 2014 semester and beyond!  Contact Advisor Marty Hunt to learn more, or come to room SC225 any Tuesday at 12:00 noon to join one of the most involved, engaging organizations on campus!

Kerry Cook:
(Self-proclaimed) Math Geek

For Kerry Cook, it all started with a great math teacher she had as a student at Concord Christian High School -- someone she's still friends with today.

Kerry Cook"I loved learning math," says Kerry.  "Not that it always came easy.  Sometimes I struggled, but I loved figuring it out, that great moment when you think, 'Yes, I got it!'  And that's what I love about teaching math.  I love seeing the light come on."

Though she started her teaching career on Guam ("It was warm!"), and taught for a time in Colorado, Kerry soon worked her way back to her native Franklin, NH, where she has taught math at Franklin High for over 16 years.  She has also taught Running Start college level math classes through Lakes Region CC, and teaches an adult ed chemistry class in Laconia.

Now in her first semester at NHTI, Kerry says she's enjoying the collegiality of her new department, and experiencing a "level of respect" among her students that she didn't always find among high school students.  Though she is currently teaching developmental classes that are roughly equivalent to upper-level high school math, she is looking forward working up to higher-level courses in the future.

Asked about her life outside the classroom, Kerry mentions golf and crochet, but confesses that she is basically "a self-proclaimed math geek."  You don't believe her?  "I recently learned how to crochet a curved surface suitable for performing hyperbolic plane math."

OK, so maybe she is a math geek.  And just the kind of person you'd want teaching the subject.  Welcome to NHTI, Kerry!

NH Farm to Restaruant Connection banner

Wings of Knowledge presents:

The Local Food Movement in New Hampshire - Why It Matters! 

with Charlie Burke, President, NH Farm to Restaurant Connection,
and Rachelle Lyons, Agriculture & Environment Coordinator, Center for Rural Partnerships, Plymouth State University.

Tuesday March 4, 7-8:30 pm, Library Living Room
Free and open to the public

Nora Tshirner in Everyone's Going to Die

Friday Night Films presents:

Everyone's Going to Die

March 7th, 7:00 pm
Sweeney Auditorium

A new release from the Manhattan Short Feature Film Project (not yet rated, but with adult situations, 2013, 83 mins).  The film tells the story of Melanie, whose life in a seaside town is going nowhere until she meets Ray, back in town with a shady job to do.  A moment’s escape becomes a chance to save themselves, and each other.  Everyone’s Going To Die is a modern British story about coming home, getting by and the redemptive power of feeling you’re not alone.  More information about the film at  Admission $10 (free for NHTI students).  For more about this event contact Steve Ambra, 271-6484 x4101.





Feb 28, 2014

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