NASHUA — A $2.5 million federal grant to Nashua Community College will allow the college to partner with College for America at Southern New Hampshire University to develop a program to help students earn certificates or degrees focusing on manufacturing.
They will develop a new “Advanced Manufacturing by Innovation and Design” program that will implement a STEM-based academic path for students from an advanced manufacturing certificate to an associate in science degree in precision manufacturing and mechanical design technology. The program will also help in the transfer of credits to bachelor’s degree programs.
STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Under the unique partnership, students will receive the benefits of both a competency-based general education curriculum by completing online projects, and learning hands-on skills in the classroom, interactive simulations, and experiential learning opportunities at Nashua Community College.
The CfA model will be customized to the advanced manufacturing programs of study at NCC.
“Industry partners are key to the program’s success and will play a pivotal role in the instructional design of AMID, in close collaboration with CfA’s innovative teaching and learning model and Nashua Community College’s rigorous advanced manufacturing curricula,” said Nashua Community College President Lucille Jordan in a news release. “Through this dynamic partnership, AMID will chart a course that meets the workforce needs of today’s highly competitive precision manufacturing market.”
The program is designed to help students achieve Advanced Manufacturing competencies that can stack into four-year STEM-based degrees and will target workers at risk of job loss, and transition workers as well as traditional students into advanced manufacturing careers.
“This new advanced manufacturing program is a unique partnership enabling us to make higher education accessible to more students while also making it more applicable in the workplace,” said Kristine Clerkin, executive director of College for America at Southern New Hampshire University. “We’re excited to work with Nashua Community College to blend traditional, experiential, competency-based, and online project-based learning to create new higher education pathways that will help more workers advance their lives and careers.”