Former Manchester mayor promotes 'innovative' educational program in Hooksett
Former Manchester Mayor Bob Baines is a driving force behind STEAM Ahead NH, an innovative program aimed at driving educational advances in the Queen City and around the state. (RYAN O'CONNOR/Union Leader Correspondent)
Baines explained to the dozen or so Hooksett parents and students who attended the informational meeting that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) is an innovative program, which offers up to one-year of college credits to participants.
“What we’re trying to do here is not new, but it’s new to New Hampshire,” he said. “New Hampshire residents seem to be somewhat resistant to change ... Many people refer to this state as ‘old and cold’ ... people aren’t staying here. They’re going outside of New Hampshire to find success, so the ramifications of this really extend beyond high school.”
Baines said Lynch labeled the program one of the most significant educational initiative in Granite State history.
The initial plan, said Baines is to accept 75 students for the 2014-15 school year, though he said there is no cap on the admittance. Sixty-three students have already enrolled. Each will be provided an iPad and each will establish an individual learning plan.
Manchester Community College President Susan Huard and former New Hampshire Education Commissioner Mary Heath joined Baines in Hooksett to promote the program.
Heath explained that the program is founded on a “move on when ready” philosophy that is competency driven.
“I thought it was terrific. I thought it was very good for the community. I think they’re trying to build in Manchester and keep students from leaving Manchester,” said Brown. “I think this is a great start, and it’s something I’m definitely interested in for my family.
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