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New IT Programs Offer Fast Tracks to Certification

This spring, NHTI, Concord’s Community College, will launch three new Information Technology (IT) certificate programs.  These new programs are all designed to help students prepare efficiently for professional certification and qualify for entry level to mid-range jobs in the IT field.  Classes can be taken day or evening, or up to 100% online.

IT Hardware and Software Certificate
This program consists of four courses which form the common core of all IT curricula.  It provides students with the basic hardware and software skills needed to obtain work in PC repair or entry level help desk positions, while developing communication and critical thinking skills valued by all employers.  This certificate also provides a foundation for further IT study.  Students who complete these courses will be eligible to test for an industry-recognized certificate:

  • A+

IT Entry Level Networking Certificate
This program consists of four courses which provide students with the basic networking, PC hardware and software, and database skills needed to obtain entry level network technician or computer support positions.  Students who complete these courses will be eligible to test for two widely-recognized industry certificates:

  • A+
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

IT VoIP (Voice Over IP) Certificate
Voice over IP (VoIP) is a methodology and group of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over networks.  The IT VoIP Certificate consists of five advanced lT courses which train the student in the configuration, delivery and maintenance of VoIP services.  This certificate stacks naturally on top of the IT Entry Level Networking Certificate, and also serves other workers and students who are already at the CCENT level.  Students who complete these courses will be eligible to test for two widely-recognized industry certificates:

  • CCNA Routing and Switching
  • CCNA Security

Upon successful testing, graduates will be in demand for professional networking positions in a variety of companies.

There is a growing demand for IT professionals in New Hampshire.  The table below shows the number of jobs available in the state in range of IT fields during one month last summer, with salary estimates and projected job growth over the next seven years.

  # of Open Jobs in July 20151 Salaries2 Job Growth thru 20223
Jobs requiring A+ certification 65 $41,000 (median) 22.7%
Network technicians 100+ $37,000 (starting) 7.4%
Network administrators 90+ (incl. 17 VoIP) $60,000 (starting) 12.8%
1Job listings on survey

These three certificates are just the first of eleven new programs NHTI plans to offer under a program sponsored in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration (TAACCCT), #TC-26498-14-60-A-33.  NHTI’s Information Technology department also offers a two-year Associate Degree program, and certificate programs in tech support and applications development.

For more information about NHTI’s Information Technology program contact department head Aaron Conn at (603) 271-6484 x4320 or

Dual Admissions Kick-Off!

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Tuesday November 10
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Wellness Center Lobby

Now you can start at NHTI, and transfer seamlessly into any of the four great colleges in the state university system:

  • Granite State College
  • Keene State College
  • Plymouth State University
  • University of New Hampshire

Representatives of all four colleges will be here on Tuesday to discuss the program and talk about their schools.  Find out how it works and learn what these schools have to offer!


At CFDC, Students Become Teachers

This past week, senior Dental Hygiene students Nicole Bonanno (Salem) and Timeya Karageorgos (Manchester) gave an interactive talk on oral hygiene to children at the college's Child and Family Development Center (CFDC).  Their presentation was a service learning experience, required of all DH majors as part of the "Community Dental Health" course taught by Prof. Connie George.

Nicole Bonanno and Timeya Karageorgos

Nicole Bonanno (left) and Timeya Karageorgos
demonstrate good brusing technique.

The kindergarten children and teachers at the CFDC would like to thank Timeya & Nicolefor choosing us as their service learning experience.  Their presentation was informative for the children and their parents, as well as a successful experience for Timeya & Nicole.

The CFDC encourages all NHTI disciplines to consider having their students access our lab-school as part of their service learning element.  What a great way to enrich so many of the learners at NHTI!

Even as NHTI students were visiting the CFDC, the Kindergartners from CFDC were paying a visit to President Susan Dunton at NHTI!  This children chose this field trip experience themselves as a reward for successfully keeping their bathroom clean.  They asked many questions about the eclectic decor in the President's office, got to hear the President read a story, and came away with some NHTI goodies, including official 50th Anniversary sunglasses.

Susan Dunton with kindergarteners

Cool Kindergarteners (left-to-right):  Peter, Beckett, Chethan, Ben, Garrett and Elijah
with NHTI President Susan Dunton.


Nov 6, 2015



4-Year College
Transfer Representatives
On Campus
This Week


Special Dual Admission Kick-Off Event: UNH - Plymouth State - Keene State - Granite State!
Tuesday, Nov 10
12 noon - 2 pm
Wellness Center Lobby
(More info at left)

Southern NH Univ.
Tuesday, Nov 10
12 noon - 2 pm
Sweeney Lobby

New England College
Thursday, Nov 12
10:00 am - 2 pm
Wellness Center Lobby


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