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Putting the ‘Community’ in NHTI: Concord Leaders to Weigh In on Strategic Plan

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CONCORD – NHTI – Concord’s Community College will host a summit of capital-area leadership, business owners, and more as part of its first annual NHTI Community Forum. This gathering will inform the launch NHTI’s next strategic plan and pose the question: How can NHTI best serve our community?

To be held Friday, May 10, 2024, at the Concord Boys & Girls Club during the morning of May 10, the NHTI Strategic Plan Community Forum will welcome its attendees to share the values, ideas, and aspirations they feel will help the college maintain and grow further into its role as a true community partner. Dr. Patrick Tompkins, president of NHTI, will serve as host of the event.

“As a new resident of the Concord area myself, I look to our neighbors to tell us how NHTI should lead,” says Tompkins.

Rather than begin the strategic planning process from a college-centric perspective, as was done with NHTI’s current strategic plan, Tompkins wants to start with an external focus.

“Our college’s mission is bound to our community, and so our next strategic plan must be rooted in what this community cares about.

“Community colleges are foundationally different from other colleges,” Tompkins adds. “The most important word in our name is ‘community.’ Our students come from the community, and the vast majority of our graduates stay in New Hampshire and contribute to our collective wellbeing, so we must listen to the community’s needs. What are the issues for which NHTI can provide potential solutions? How can NHTI help to bring Concord together as the capital city’s flagship college?”

NHTI was established in Concord in 1965 as the New Hampshire Technical Institute, teaching 3 engineering programs and developing a reputation for academic excellence in STEM fields. Today, as the school looks to celebrate its 59th graduating class in its Commencement ceremony on May 17, NHTI has evolved into a robust collegiate institution with more than 80 academic programs covering everything from Business to Visual Arts and offers the only college programs in New Hampshire for Dental Hygiene, Radiologic Technology, Orthopedics, and Paramedic Emergency Medicine.

“I believe Concord deserves a community college that listens and responds to its needs,” says Tompkins. “At the NHTI Strategic Plan Community Forum, we’re hoping to be overwhelmed by the possibilities and ideas from these incredible community leaders. This is what community looks like.”

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NHTI – Concord’s Community College

NHTI – Concord’s Community College is a dynamic public 2-year college that provides rewarding academics and a full campus experience for students, businesses, and the community. NHTI offers 80+ academic programs to 4,600+ students annually. Our programs include Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Engineering, Liberal and Visual Arts, Education, Criminal

Justice, and Mathematics, all with our stellar reputation for academic excellence earned over our more than 50 years serving the Concord community. NHTI is accredited by the New England Commission  of Higher Education  and is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

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