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July 19, 2016

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New England College Again Offers Pathway to Affordable Four-Year Degrees to Community College Students –

To meet a growing national trend, New England College has renewed its “Community College to New England College” (CC2NEC) program for the 2016-17 school year.  The program includes deep tuition discounts and financial aid, and a promise to help students achieve a bachelor’s degree in the course program of their choice.

CC2NEC has been expanded to any student who has completed a course at any community college in the United States.  The program continues to welcome anyone who has graduated with an Associate degree, but that is not a requirement.

“We welcome those students who choose to transfer to our school, and we are proud of the success these young men and women enjoy as they pursue their academic goals at our school,” says New England College President Michele Perkins.

National data shows students who enroll directly from community college to four-year colleges tend to complete more classes, have higher GPAs upon graduation, and enter the workforce quickly upon receiving their degrees.  CC2NEC is available to those wishing to pursue classes in Henniker, or online through the many course offerings and degree programs now available.

“Nearly one half of all college students are now starting their educational pursuits at the community college level, which is often more affordable than traditional four-year colleges and universities,” says Brad Poznanski, VP of Enrollment at New England College.

“Through this program, we want those students to know we are here to help them reach the next rung on their educational ladder through equally affordable courses,” says Poznanski.

The key to CC2NEC is a smooth transition of credits from community college programs and access to aid making NEC an affordable option for students.

Community college graduates with high GPAs can apply to join NEC’s Honors Program, which includes increased grant and financial aid opportunities.  In addition, NEC is offering a full scholarship to community college students to attend classes in Henniker, and two more scholarships for those wishing to pursue online courses.  The application for this scholarship can be found here:

published: July 19, 2016

NEC to Sponsor NH Primary Debate Series

July 14, 2016

Posted in Event NEC In the News News

WGIR to Host Live In-studio Debates in July/August with Concord Monitor and NECN –

New England College is proud to announce a series of primary debates between candidates for major offices in New Hampshire, including Congress and Governor. Working with media partners WGIR radio, NECN and the Concord Monitor, the live debates will be held in the Manchester studios as part of “New Hampshire Today” with Jack Heath.

The debate series will lead off with the first-time debate between Republicans Rich Ashooh and Frank Guinta in the First District GOP Congressional Primary.  The debate will be held next Wednesday, July 20th, from 8-9 am.

“These races are taking shape and there’s not much time before the voters must head to the polls to decide these primaries,” says Jack Heath, moderator and questioner for the series of radio debates, and host of NH Today, on iHeartRadio. “We will explore a number of issues that are important to the people of our state, including health care, the drug epidemic, the budget, jobs and veterans’ issues. We are honored to host these in-studio debates.”

The other debates are as follows:

GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate – July 27th
Dem Gubernatorial Primary Debate – August 10th
GOP 2nd Dist. Cong Primary Debate – August 17th

As media co-sponsor, the Concord Monitor’s Allie Morris and Jonathan VanFleet will participate in each of the four radio debates. New England Cable News will provide spot news coverage of the debate series.  In addition, Dr. Wayne Lesperance, of New England College, will provide commentary for each of the debates.

“As sponsor and organizer of these primary debates, we hope to be fulfilling a critical public service by creating a process that will help inform voters going into the September primary,” explains Dr. Lesperance. “This is an historic election cycle and we know that in a presidential cycle, voter turnout is typically very high.  These races are also important to the future of our state and our country, and we are thrilled to be playing a small, but critical role in the election process.”

Working closely with New England Cable News, WGIR, and the Concord Monitor as media partners, New England College intends to host a similar series of live, televised debates in October, featuring the primary winners and candidates for major office in New Hampshire this fall. Organizers are finalizing details for those upcoming debates, which will be hosted on campus at NEC in Henniker.

July 14, 2016

Summer Institute for Educators 2016

June 27, 2016

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New England College Committed to the Art of Teaching –

Dozens of teachers and academic administrators eagerly began the first day of a very popular and professionally rewarding annual event. The Summer Institute for Educators has been offered at New England College for 15 years and will hold classes June 23-24 and June 27-28 at the Henniker, New Hampshire campus. Educators learn from custom courses that are developed in response to the real needs and goals of area schools and institutions.  Participants earn accreditation-required contact hours, graduate program credits, and expertise on innovative tools, technologies, and methods that enhance teaching effectiveness and improve student learning.

“We know educators want and need to stay fresh,” said Dr. Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Program Director for the Summer Institute for Educators and Associate Dean of New England College’s Education Division. “Our courses change each year and are a reflection of what information is needed by teachers and educators in the field.”

One example is a course entitled A Teacher’s Role in Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline and is a direct result of schools in Massachusetts needing help from teachers.  Another course, From Tinkering to Understanding, is helping teachers think about new ways to enhance their STEM curriculums.  All courses offer specific learning objectives and skill development (see full course list below).

Instructors at the Summer Institute for Educators bring a wealth of knowledge into the classroom. In addition to rich experience from years of working with a variety of students in a wide range of educational settings, these practitioners provide academic depth that comes from their own advanced training and pursuit of masters and doctorate degrees.


Student Testimonials

David Brown, M.Ed.

David Brown, M.Ed.

“The Summer Institute for Educators is a great way for teachers to get work done,” said David Brown, M.Ed., a former Army officer who taught physical education for 18 years at Derry Middle School and new Assistant Principal at Barka Elementary in Derry, NH. “Instead of seven weeks – which is a long time when you’re juggling a job and family – I will complete my Research Practicum in four days.”

David learned about New England College and the Summer Institute for Educators from several leaders in his field. His principal received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) from New England College and their superintendent is an online professor for the school.  “The experience here is very personal.”

Kimber Stannard never thought she would pursue a master’s degree. A bright special education teacher at Dunbarton Elementary School, Kimber was encouraged by her administration and her family to advance in her career.  Her mother-in-law received her Master’s degree in Education from New England College and spoke highly of the accessibility and understanding she received from the faculty.  Today Kimber is concentrating her M.Ed. work on curriculum and instruction, and wishes she started the process sooner.  “I was afraid I wasn’t able to handle it, but it’s totally doable.  This is my second time at the Summer Institute for Educators and it’s a great feeling to complete significant work in four intensive days.”

Before Amy Schaeffner became an 8th Grade science teacher at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, she spent 10 years teaching biology at Concord High School and the New Hampshire Technical Institute.  She loves being in the classroom, interacting with students, and pushing herself to learn more about her craft.  “I think it’s important to stay up to date with the current research and teaching methods,” she said while taking a quick break from her work at the Summer Institute for Educators.  “I’m earning credits toward my M.Ed. and really appreciate having my advisor available as a resource.  I am getting a lot of work done in a short amount of time and the entire process has been very fulfilling.”

2016 Courses:SGPS-Summer-Institute-For-Educators-2016-Doorway

  • A Teacher’s Role in Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline
  • Designing a Classroom Communication Tool
  • Developing Grit through Growth Mindset Education
  • Dynamics of Educational Reform and Systems Change
  • From Tinkering to Understanding
  • Movement Breaks: Benefits for the Whole Child
  • Research Practicum I
  • Research Practicum II
  • Student Centered Learning: Less Us, More Them
  • The Art of Social Problem-Solving: Technique and Mystique
  • The Empowerment Classroom: How Student Voice and Partnership Can Improve Engagement, School Attachment and Learning

To be included in the Summer Institute for Educators’ mailing list please contact Kaitlyn Coe, Administrative Assistant to the Education Division, at or 603.428.2340.

Gavin Henning, Ph.D., elected President of Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education

April 22, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News

New England College Associate Professor of Higher Education Gavin Henning, PhD, was recently selected President-Elect for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Dr. Henning is Director of the Doctorate of Education and the Master of Higher Education programs at NEC. He is a recognized higher education industry expert in assessment and the immediate past president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Read more in a recent article featured in University Chronicle.

Registration Open for Annual NEC Summer Institute for Educators

April 12, 2016

Posted in Event News Press Release

New England College will present its annual Summer Institute for Educators this coming June 23, 24, 27, and 28. The Institute will be held on NEC’s Henniker, NH campus. Course listings, Institute details, and registration are available at

Debra Nitschke-Shaw, Institute Director and Associate Dean of Education at New England College said “The Summer Institute for Educators is an outstanding professional opportunity for educators and pre-service teachers to further their knowledge and share their experiences and insights with colleagues.” Nitschke-Shaw noted that a wide range of intensive courses will be offered by highly skilled, active practitioners. “The Summer Institute for Educator’s focus is to present new research, innovative tools, and advanced teaching methods that enhance educational effectiveness and improve student learning.” All courses will be offered for either NEC graduate credits or for professional development contact hours.

This year’s course offerings include: “Developing Grit through Growth Mindset Education,” “Teaching Experientially: Using Intentional Instruction to Create Motivation in the Classroom,” “Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Action to Meet ESSA Requirements,” “ENGAGE Students in Science,” and “The Empowerment Classroom: How Student Voice and Partnership Can Improve Engagement, School Attachment and Learning.”

For more information visit or email

New England College Partners with US Marine Corps

March 21, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News Press Release

Military focus and online programming seen as valuable benefit.

Military Friendly SchoolNew England College has been selected as one of a small group of colleges and universities to offer graduate education programs to Marine Corps officers. As part of the partnership between the United States Marine Corps’ College of Distance Education and Training organization and New England College, active-duty, reserve and veteran officers may transfer credits they earned in formal military education and apply those credits towards an MBA in Strategic Leadership or Master of International Relations degree.

New England College was founded 70 years ago with the mission to assist returning WWII veterans in obtaining an education that would pave the way to positive reentry and career success. As the college has grown, so has its commitment to serve the nation’s community of service men and women, veterans, and their families. New England College is a designated Yellow Ribbon college with multiple military-friendly recognitions.

“Service men and women receive exceptional experience in the field and through military schools and colleges,” said New England College’s Director of Veterans Affairs, Dr. Cindi Nadelman. Dr. Nadelman is a retired officer from the US Air Force and, in addition to working with veterans at the College, teaches computer information systems and business courses. “Since its founding in 1946, New England College has been a leader in supporting the academic interests of the military community. We recognize the relevance and applicability of military training and see it as a natural fit with our graduate programs.”

Retired officer and Associate Dean at the USMC’s College of Distance Education and Training organization, Dennis Haskin, agrees. “The credits, pricing, and convenience makes this program enticing. I know it will appeal to our Marines who desire a graduate degree in leadership or international relations. It’s a perfect match to build on experience they already have. We appreciate New England College’s commitment to the military and look forward to having our Marines take advantage of this educational opportunity.”

Marine Corps officers can quickly and cost-effectively earn a graduate degree from New England College’s accredited institution.

  • Officers who have completed Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) and Command and Staff College (CSC) may transfer up to 20 credits toward an MBA in Strategic Leadership or a Master of International Relations degree.
  • Due to the high quality and comprehensive nature of the EWS and CSC experience, New England College has offered the highest transfer amount currently recognized by any college or university in the United States.
  • For the convenience of Marines, both the MBA in Strategic Leadership and Master of International Relations programs will be delivered online.
  • The cost is expected to be completely covered for Marines with appropriate military education benefits.

For information on how to apply, go to, call 603.428.2252, or email

NEC Theatre to Present “The Dining Room”

March 18, 2016

Posted in Event News

The New England College Department of Theatre will present A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room, April 14-16 at 7:30 pm and April 17 at 3:00 pm in the Mainstage Theatre.

A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force in which six performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.

Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity. “…hilarious and touching.” “…a thoughtful and superbly written comedy.” “The Dining Room serves a banquet of theatrical riches.”

We have a place at the table set for you. Be sure to join us.  Live music will be performed by the company 30 minutes prior to each performance, so come early and enjoy! For more information and to reserve your tickets visit: The Dining Room

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan to Speak at New England College Commencement

March 15, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News Press Release Uncategorized

Poet Laureate Chard deNiord also Honored –

Hassan-Maggie-Governor2New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan will speak at New England College’s 69th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Governor Hassan will congratulate the graduates and highlight the important role that they will continue to play in New Hampshire’s economy and vibrant civic society.  For her many contributions and service to the state, Governor Hassan will be awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.  The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on the Simon Green located at 98 Bridge Street, Henniker.

Governor Hassan is an exceptional leader in New Hampshire,” said New England College President Michele Perkins.  “She has dedicated her life to public service and is known for her ability to bring people together to solve problems and protect the state’s high quality of life.  I know she will inspire our entire community on this special day.”

“I am honored to join the New England College Class of 2016,” Governor Hassan said.  “I look forward to congratulating graduates and praising their investment in an education that will produce benefits for years to come.  I am confident that the hard work and dedication that these students have put into their education will have a lasting impact on the future of our communities and state.”

Now in her second term, Governor Hassan is focused on building a stronger, more innovative New Hampshire.  Working with legislators from both parties, the Governor has successfully developed two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets, launched an “Innovate NH” jobs plan, created greater access to healthcare, and has led efforts to modernize the state’s transportation infrastructure, among many other accomplishments.

Governor Hassan began her career in public service in 1999 when Governor Jeanne Shaheen asked her to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Adequacy in Education and Finance Commission.  Her experience as a business attorney, along with her role as the parent of two children, one of whom experiences severe disabilities, enabled her to provide a unique perspective as the commission did its work.  The Governor earned her BA from Brown University and her JD from the Northeastern School of Law.

Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of VermontAnother special guest at New England College’s Commencement will be Chard deNiord, an American author, professor, and Poet Laureate of Vermont.  DeNiord is the author of the poetry collections Asleep in the Fire (1990), Sharp Golden Thorn (2003), Night Mowing (2005), The Double Truth (2011), Interstate (2015), and the book Sad Friends, Drowned Lovers, Stapled Songs (2011).

For over a decade Chard deNiord taught at private schools while publishing poems.  He currently teaches at Providence College where he was named the tenth recipient of the Joseph R. Accinno Faculty Teaching Award.

Chard deNiord has a MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College.  In 2002, he co-founded New England College’s Master of Fine Arts in Poetry and led the program for five years.  For his artistic accomplishments and commitment to the teaching of literature and language, Chard deNiord will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at Commencement.

Presidential Town Hall Meetings Shine Spotlight on NEC

February 8, 2016

Posted in NEC In the News News Press Release Uncategorized


NEC Student asks Secretary Clinton a question during Clinton’s town hall meeting

As campaigning for the 2016 NH Presidential Primary comes to a close, Saturday’s town hall meeting with Secretary Hillary Clinton attracted national and international attention. According to New England College Professor of Political Science, Wayne Lesperance, “With Secretary Clinton’s visit today, New England College has now hosted every major candidate running for President in our First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary. New England College once again affirms it is where the road to the White House begins! We should all be proud of our college.”

Sponsored by New England College’s Center for Civic Engagement, the presidential, and other political candidate, town halls provide critical access and engagement for students and the community. Please visit the links below to see a small sampling of news coverage from the College’s recent town hall with Secretary Clinton:

Los Angeles Times | PBS NewsHour | CNN

NEC Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Gov. Chris Christie

January 28, 2016

Posted in Event News Press Release

Chris ChristieNew England College will host a Town Hall Meeting for Republican presidential candidate Governor Chris Christie, Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 4:00 PM, in the Simon Center Great Room, located on NEC’s Henniker campus.

Christie’s Town Hall Meeting is the thirteenth in a series of NEC Town Hall Meetings featuring announced presidential candidates, leading up to New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Presidential Primary (#FITN). This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement at New England College.

For details visit: