Career Academy offers pathway to free degrees

Deadline for applications is April 1

The New Hampshire Career Academy has begun accepting applications from students looking for a pathway to a high school diploma, an associate degree or professional certificate and a job interview with a New Hampshire company in just two years — at no tuition cost to students or their families.

Up to 40 students will be accepted for enrollment in the academy. Deadline for applications is April 1.

The program offers students in their junior year of high school the ability to enroll for classes in the fall and graduate with an associate degree or certificate in the spring of 2022 in programs ranging from healthcare and biotechnology to advanced manufacturing and engineering.

The program, a joint project of the New Hampshire Department of Education and Community College System of New Hampshire, stems from a proposal in Gov. Chris Sununu’s 2019 State of the State address. It uses a charter school funding mechanism through North Country Charter Academy.

The governor called it “a win for students, families and the businesses that power our economy.”

According to Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut, the academy “represents an unprecedented level of cooperation between New Hampshire’s secondary and post-secondary education systems and Granite State businesses.

Students can apply now by contacting Lisa Lavoie at the North Country Charter Academy, or 603-444-1535.

Available courses include:

White Mountains Community College: All college programs are available to Career Academy students. WMCC will also offer all Career and Technical Education programs if the student has completed a two-year CTE program in high school, with the exception of nursing. Other competitive programs such as welding and veterinary assistant will be offered based on availability of open slots.

River Valley Community College: All Allied Health programs, excluding registered nursing programs.

Lakes Region Community College: Culinary Arts, General Automotive Technology, Marine Technology.

New Hampshire Technical Institute: Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing.

Manchester Community College: Robotics/Advanced Manufacturing, Cybersecurity

Great Bay Community College: Accounting, Biotechnology, Criminal Justice.

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