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Successful NHTI Legacy Becomes Family Affair

7 Family Members Attended NHTI in Story of Inspiration Through Affordability

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Members of the Roberts family at a recent event. The Roberts have had 7 family members attend NHTI.

When seven members of the same family attend the same college, a legacy of achievement is created that showcases not just tradition but a proven track record of success. For the Roberts family of Northfield, NH, NHTI – Concord’s Community College is truly a family success story.

“Almost my entire family – almost my entire household – has attended NHTI,” says Marcia Roberts. As the matriarch of this blended family, Marcia has seen six of her children and her husband, William Mikels, attend NHTI.

The path began with William. At 51 years old, he’d been working as a machinist for 30 years and was told by his employer that a degree would help him achieve his goal of advancing into a management position – a promotion with a raise included. This upskilling opportunity led him to NHTI, where for the past 4 years he’s been taking one class at a time, working toward his associate degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology – Advanced Manufacturing.

Watching William’s success, the family’s six children have followed suit. Marcia at first was concerned with cost, having spent her adult life paying back her accumulated college loans spent on her bachelor’s degree.

“One of the things I didn’t want was for my kids to have that same struggle,” she says.

With William’s decision to upskill at NHTI, Marcia got a great look at the affordability of the community college education. NHTI offers a quality education, with expert professors who’ve worked in their fields, which helps produce successful alumni with a strong sense of community. NHTI provides accessible education at the lowest cost-per-credit tuition in the state, which allows students to achieve their dreams without the burden of overwhelming student debt.

Each of the Roberts’ children has had their own unique learning experience:

For Marcia, she believes NHTI is now part of her family history. She understands the value and importance of education so much that she might also end up at the college someday, too.

“I am working on my Ph.D., and I would love to teach there someday,” she says. “It’s such a nice school, and we’ve had such a good experience as a family.”

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