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Community College tuition dropping by 5% next year

CONCORD — Students at New Hampshire's seven community colleges will see lower tuition bills starting in the fall, 2014 academic year. The tuition reduction was announced as New Hampshire's community colleges enhance their focus on preparing more New Hampshire residents with 21st century skills and providing affordable college-to-career pathways.

The Community College System board of trustees announced a five percent tuition reduction, bringing the in-state per credit cost to $200 from its present level of $210. A three-credit course will cost $600, down from $630. For an in-state student taking a minimum full-time course load of twelve credits per semester, annual tuition costs will drop from $5,040 to $4,800.

New Hampshire's community colleges offer two-year associate degree programs and short-term certificate programs in a wide variety of career fields, linked to industry sectors with strong labor market demand including information technology, health care, business, hospitality, engineering technology, education and advanced manufacturing. Additionally, more than half the students who enroll in New Hampshire's community colleges intend to pursue transfer to a four-year school after earning an associate degree or some number of credits at the community colleges. Making the first two years more affordable will be a boost for students and families and increase the supply of skilled workers available for businesses across the state.

The reduction also came after the Governor and NH Legislature restored funding to the community college system that had been cut in the previous state budget. "Making higher education more affordable for all of our families is one of my highest priorities as we work to build a stronger workforce that will lead to innovative economic growth," Governor Hassan said. "I applaud the leadership of the Community College System of New Hampshire for their decision to reduce tuition and their continued commitment to the success of our students. This important step forward for our workforce builds on the progress we made in last year's bipartisan budget to restore investments in higher education in exchange for a tuition freeze."

Ross Gittell, chancellor of the community college system, said, "Reducing tuition and bending the cost curve in higher education helps students and their families fit a college education in their budgets. Whether students come to the community colleges to train for a career, or as a first step in a four-year college pathway, affordability is essential to their ability to succeed."

Gittell highlighted the fact that students with an associate degree earn on average 28 percent more than those with only a high school education in New Hampshire. And students who transfer from a community college to a four-year college do as well as those who start out at a four-year college. Gittell noted that the community colleges and the University System of New Hampshire, as well as other colleges throughout the region, have worked in recent years on making transfers easier.

New Hampshire's community colleges are accepting registrations now for the Fall semester, which begins on September 2. Links to all colleges at www.ccsnh.edu .

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 08:34

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NH Housing and Finance Authority Names Meredith Village Savings Bank Top Correspondent Lender

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) was recently recognized by New Hampshire Housing and Finance Authority (NHHFA) as Top Correspondent Lender in 2013. The bank received the distinction at NHHFA's "Best of 2013" ceremony, during which top real estate offices, loan originators, and lenders were recognized for their dedication to helping homebuyers find affordable homes and loans.

Working with participating lenders, like MVSB, New Hampshire Housing offers a variety of mortgage and cash assistance programs to eligible New Hampshire residents in an effort to make homeownership more affordable. MVSB was awarded the Top Correspondent Lender award for achieving both the highest number of loans and the top dollar volume of loans through NHHFA in 2013.

"The steps to owning a home can be daunting and the goal of homeownership often appears out of reach for New Hampshire residents," said Brenda Mahoney, Director of Business Development – Homeownership for New Hampshire Housing. "We rely on community lenders, like Meredith Village Savings Bank, to help connect prospective homeowners with the right programs and resources to help them achieve their homeownership goals."

New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority is a self-supporting public benefit corporation. The authority operates a number of rental and homeownership programs designed to assist low- and moderate-income persons with obtaining affordable housing. Since its inception, New Hampshire Housing has helped over 40,000 families purchase their own homes and has been instrumental in financing the creation of more than 14,500 multi-family housing units. More information about its programs can be found on the agency's websites at www.nhhfa.org and www.GoNewHampshireHousing.com.

Meredith Village Savings Bank, founded in 1869, is an independent mutual savings bank with 11 offices serving individuals, families, businesses and municipalities in the Lakes Region and the Plymouth area.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:05

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Research Family History from Your Couch

WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro Public Library, in conjunction with The Lakes Region Genealogical Interest Group, will present a program on genealogical research techniques that can be done from home on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. The program will include a webinar presentation by Tammy Hepps from RootsTech 2014 called "Top 10 Things I Learned about My Family from My Couch." The program is free and open to all.
Hepps, a graduate of Harvard who lives in the New York City Area, has a degree in Computer Science. In her presentation, she describes how she started out working on each of ten research problems, the resources she found from her couch online, and then the offline research she performed in order to find more information about her family. In the process, she demonstrates all of the basic genealogy techniques used by most experienced researchers, and is funny and instructive. Her ancestry and research is of recent immigrants from Eastern Europe into northeastern states during the late 19th century. Hepps also offers many solid ideas for dealing with research brick walls.
The Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group presents free workshops at the Wolfeboro Public Library on a monthly basis. For more information call Cindy Scott at the Wolfeboro Public Library at 569-2428 or visit www.wolfeborolibrary.org.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:00

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Ford Drive 4 UR School Fundraiser to Benefit Belmont High School


BELMONT — The Belmont High School Class of 2016 and Future Business Leaders of America have partnered with AutoServ-Tilton to hold a Ford Drive 4UR School fundraiser on Tuesday, May 6 from 3-8 p.m. at AutoServ in Tilton.

For this fundraiser, students will receive $20 in their individual accounts for each person that comes to test drive a Ford vehicle. Anyone 18 or older is eligible to take a test drive. The only stipulation is a husband and wife cannot both participate. Drivers will need to bring their license. When you arrive at Autoserv, park out front and proceed to the check-in table in the showroom. You will need to let them know which student you are supporting at that time. Ford has indicated that there will be no pressure to purchase a vehicle. If you are truly interested in a new vehicle, you will need to let them know.

As many as 300 test drives are available for this event. Therefore, as many people from the BHS community as possible are encouraged to attend. Any money raised that is not in support of a student will be contributed to the BHS PTO or the BHS Booster Club. Questions can be directed to Ben Hill ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) at Belmont High School.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 May 2014 09:56

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