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Rethinking the college path

Why now is the perfect time to explore the affordable, flexible and quality education NH’s community colleges have to offer

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 | 12-1 p.m.
This webinar is free to attend.

With pandemic-driven uncertainty about in-person learning unabated, many parents and students across the country this fall have opted for the lower-cost, close-to-home option of community college. Some who did opt for a pricier four-year school, only to find their child learning remotely from a dorm or hotel room, also find themselves considering other options.

New Hampshire’s community colleges offer a unique, high-quality entry point into higher education for students of all ages and backgrounds, particularly during unpredictable times. Community colleges pave pathways to four-year colleges your child may transfer to once attendance patterns are no longer shaped by pandemic-related restrictions.

These programs also offer great flexibility and affordability for adults who have lost a job or are looking to change jobs and want to go back to school to be more marketable.

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Questions in advance of this presentation are welcome! Please e-mail any questions to and we will try and address them during the live event.

Please note: if you are unable to attend, a recording of this webinar will be available immediately after the live event.

What You’ll Learn From This Webinar

  • Differences in costs between community and four-year colleges
    Financial aid strategies for community colleges
  • The path from a community to four-year college, transfer agreements and more
  • STEM education opportunities
  • How personalized academic attention figures into a community college experience
  • Online class options and expertise
  • Professional certificates that can be earned in a community college setting
  • Dual enrollment options that can help your high schooler get ahead

Subject matter experts include:

Angela HeadshotAngela Castonguay
College Outreach Specialist with the Center for College Planning (CCP) at the NHHEAF Network

Angela provides statewide college access programming and services to hundreds of NH families each year. Angela joined the organization in January 2008 having previously worked as an LCSW in NJ for 10 years. Angela has joined her passion for all things college with her love of working with unique populations by developing customized and targeted college access programming for foster youth, youth-in-care, incarcerated youth and students with learning differences. Angela also created CCP‘s first ever Summer Bootcamp series for rising seniors. She received her B.A. in Communications from University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH and her M.S.W. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick N.J.

Neilsen Headshot 1 (002)Rich Neilsen
Education Loan Program Manager at the NHHEAF Network

Rich is responsible for the advancement and promotion of the organization’s private student loan and refinancing program, EDvestinU. In his role, he spends time working on product strategy, marketplace analysis, and business development. He currently holds a position on the council of both the New Hampshire Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Prior to his current role, he worked in both college admissions (University of New England) and college counseling (NHHEAF’s Center for College Planning). He holds a B.S. in Psychobiology (University of New England) and an M.S. in Project Management (Granite State College).

Susan HeadshotDr. Susan Huard
Interim Chancellor at the Community College System of New Hampshire

Dr. Susan Huard became Interim Chancellor of CCSNH in May of 2020. She previously served as President of Manchester Community College (MCC) from 2010 to 2019. Prior to her tenure at MCC, Dr. Huard served as Dean of Learning and Student Development for 12 years at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT. During the 1990s, she taught in the English Department and served as a Division Director at Connecticut’s Manchester Community College. From 1982 to 1990, Dr. Huard was a faculty member at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, where she also served as Acting Director of the Developmental Studies Division in 1990.

Brian BicknellDr. Brian Bicknell
President at Manchester Community College

Before serving as president for Manchester Community College, he served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at MCC from 2016 to 2019. As MCC’s vice president, he provided leadership in development of market-driven academic programs focusing on student learning and success. Bicknell joined MCC following a six-year tenure at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) in Boston, where he most recently served as Dean of Academic Affairs. From 2004 to 2011, Brian was the Dean of Students at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Prior to his position at Montserrat, he was Director of Housing and Residence Life at The Boston Conservatory and began his career at Fitchburg State College directing student activities.

Event Sponsors

Community Collge System Of Nh

Nhheaf Network

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