June 1, 2021

CONCORD – NHTI – Concord’s Community College is pleased to announce has received a second year of funding from the N.H. Charitable Foundation’s Career Pathway grant. Partners in this pathway grant include Concord Orthopaedics, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, and the Concord Regional Technical Center (CRTC).

This grant funding provides high-school students at CRTC taking the Medical Terminology course with in-depth experiences in a career pathway in the high-demand medical field of orthopaedic technology. The initial funding was used to pay for the Running Start course and medical terminology books, casting lab supplies, NTHI goodie bags for the CRTC students, and gas gift cards for students so that getting to and from the job shadow and hands-on casting labs was not a financial burden. A second year of this funding provides another class of high-school students the opportunity to explore this high-demand career in the medical field.

Twenty-three CRTC students enrolled in the Medical Terminology course participated in the first year, earning both high school and college credit at NHTI through the Running Start program. Although the COVID-19 pandemic changed the original plan for events and activities, NHTI was able to provide a valuable learning experience for these students through Zoom, career and college panels, online and hands-on casting labs, and job shadowing opportunities.

Vice President of Academic Affairs at NHTI, Dr. Andrew Fisher, stated, “Seeing students on campus demonstrating how to use the skills they have learned was a powerful lesson in what good partnerships can provide students in our community.”

CRTC student surveys about their experiences voiced much appreciation for the in-depth learning that included exploration of and exposure to a college campus, labs, medical offices, patient interactions, professionalism and work ethic, as well as the multitude of career pathways available to them.

For more information about the Running Start program at NHTI, contact Mark Bograd at [email protected]. To explore all high school opportunities at NHTI, visit us online at www.nhti.edu/academics/high-school-programs.

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NHTI – Concord’s Community College

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