SkillsUSA NH Contest held at Great Bay Community College
PORTSMOUTH — Great Bay Community College is one of 12 contest sites hosting students as part of the annual SkillsUSA NH competition. SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization serving teachers, middle school, high school and college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations. According to Jeffrey Stuart, executive director SkillsUSA NH, a total of 42 contests will take place statewide with students competing in a variety of different areas, including culinary, carpentry, leadership, and electrical. The students are hoping to win a gold medal in their field and have the opportunity to go to the SkillsUSA National Conference that is held in Atlanta, Georgia.
For over 15 years, Great Bay has been a partner in the program providing a facility, equipment and expertise from faculty who, in compliance with SkillsUSA standards, create contest challenges and help to judge.
Students who participated in the GBCC event were presented with contests in the areas of wiring, PC repair, networking and computer programming. Four schools from area Career and Technical Centers from around the state participated in the event. Examples of challenges included troubleshooting computer or networking equipment, design and installing networking cables for a building, and timed events on website design and coding.
Sanford Job Corps now enrolling students
SANFORD, Maine — Job Corps is currently enrolling youth 16 to 24 years old who are interested in learning career training in areas such as automotive, welding, healthcare, electrical, culinary arts, among others, through free training. Virtual and online learning options available. Earn a high school diploma or equivalency degree and driver’s license at the same time. Housing and meals included at no additional cost. Job placement is offered once program is complete.
Call or text Heidi Hanson-Gillis at the Job Corps Office at 207-852-6803 or email [email protected] for information.
GBCC 2021 nursing grads beat national and state pass rates on licensure exam
PORTSMOUTH — Students who graduate from the nursing program at Great Bay Community College continue to outperform their colleagues across the country in industry licensing exams, according to the college.
Great Bay nursing students who graduated with associate degrees in 2021 enjoyed a pass rate of 98% for the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses. Statewide, the pass rate was 93%. The national pass rate was 79%.
For seven of the last eight years, Great Bay nursing students have consistently tested above the national average, with pass rates between 88 and 98%. Based in Portsmouth, the community college prepares nurses for high-demand careers in healthcare through its educational program, hands-on learning and professional connections across the Seacoast and northern New England, said Dr. Dulcinea Kaufman, director and chair of the Department of Nursing at Great Bay.
Demand for slots in the nursing program at Great Bay is strong, mirroring regional and national trends. From 2015 to 2021, Great Bay averaged 91 qualified applicants per year. This year, 120 students applied. Nationally, enrollment in nursing programs is up nearly 6%, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Those numbers reflect the intense industry need for qualified nurses, Kaufman said. The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the importance and value of the nursing profession. RNs can expect to earn about $75,000 annually, according to national data, and nursing specialists earn considerably more income, including traveling nurses who work at different locations around the country depending on needs.
“There has been a nursing shortage for several years and this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. There are many jobs open in virtually every type of healthcare setting,” Kaufman said.
About 80 percent of Great Bay nursing graduates stay in New Hampshire and work mostly on the Seacoast in hospitals, medical offices, long-term care settings, with visiting-nurse agencies, and other settings.
Public input needed for 603 Bright Futures survey
CONCORD — For the third consecutive year, the New Hampshire Department of Education has launched its 603 Bright Futures Survey, a platform that provides parents, educators and community members a chance to share their perspectives and experiences with their respective schools.
The goal of the 603 Bright Futures survey is to ensure that New Hampshire schools are providing high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of young learners and prepare them for college and career settings. It will also gather actionable feedback around learning models, school climate, family and community engagement and other topics in order to understand the successes and challenges of the recent school year and plan for the upcoming school year.
Families in K-12, preschool and private schools: Family-Survey
Staff in public and private schools: Staff-Survey
Community members: Community-Survey