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New SNHU academic building conditionally approved for Hooksett campus

Union Leader Correspondent

November 20. 2017 10:16PM
The converted warehouse the program is currently housed in will continued to be used, primarily as lab space. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

HOOKSETT — Plans for a new engineering building at Southern New Hampshire University were conditionally approved on Monday.

The building will be on the west side of the River Road campus and house the academic programs for SNHU’s College of Engineering, Technology and Aeronautics, or CETA.

The 80,000-square-foot, three-story building is expected to be finished by August 2019.

The campus will lose a parking lot to make room for the building and a quad area.

Engineers from TFMoran, representing SNHU, also submitted plans to the planning board to build two new parking lots on East Side Drive.

The building now housing CETA programs, a converted warehouse on West Alice Avenue, will be used for lab space for the classes.

CETA was born during the closing of Daniel Webster College, which filed for bankruptcy last year, said James Smith, executive vice president at CETA.

“We had a college full of students with no hope and no options,” Smith said. “SNHU went down to see what they could do with those students.”

CETA students have the choice of disciplines including aeronautical engineering, aviation management, electrical and computer engineering, air traffic management and mechanical engineering.

About half of the 170 students currently enrolled in CETA classes are from Daniel Webster.

Ghanim Aljumaily, the department chair for the engineering program, said students are taught not only the skills they’ll need in the workforce, but the ability to adapt.

“We’re not going to teach them specifics, but we’re going to teach them the approach that they need,” he said. “Approach is adaptable to the problems they may encounter.”

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