River Valley Community College and Granite State partner in higher education
“We’re really excited,” River Valley Community College President Alicia Harvey-Smith said Tuesday.
Claremont Mayor James Neilsen and City Manager Guy Santagate also attended to express their enthusiasm for the partnership, which expands higher education opportunities for city residents.
Students would take classes through River Valley for the first two years.
These students, though, would also be on track to continue another two years at Granite State College at its regional location in downtown Claremont for a bachelor’s degree. The program also extends to the master’s degree programs if students want to continue their education, she said.
“It’s really an opportunity to attract, I hope, more individuals to higher education in our region,” Harvey-Smith said.Harvey-Smith said the collaboration is a win-win for the colleges as well as for the city. The collaboration is bringing more students and activities downtown, she said.
The community college is exploring the possibility of creating a living-learning center downtown, Harvey-Smith said.
River Valley College campus is located outside of the downtown area on Route 120.