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LHS Principal James McCollum Receives Education Advocate Award

 

LACONIA — Lakes Region Community College and the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) recently honored James McCollum, Principal at Laconia High School, for his work promoting the Running Start program, a partnership between the Community College System and NH high schools that enables high school juniors and seniors to get a jump start on their college education. The award was presented May 6 at a ceremony in Concord.

Running Start is an enrollment partnership that enables high school students to take courses at their schools that satisfy both high school and college requirements. Course credits through the Running Start program are accepted at NH's community colleges, as well as many other colleges and universities in and outside New Hampshire. Each course costs just $150, providing substantial savings to NH students and their families from the cost of a college education. Seventy-three New Hampshire public high schools participate in the Running Start program, which has grown to over 6,000 course enrollments annually.
CCSNH Board Chairman Paul Holloway, System Chancellor Ross Gittell and NH Department of Education Commissioner Virginia Barry presented the awards.
According to Paul Holloway, "There has never been a more important time for the Running Start program. With the budget challenges faced within public education, finding strategies to make college affordable for our New Hampshire students is critical. Running Start enables students and their families to save thousands from the cost of college."
James McCollum was selected for his commitment to creating a culture where his school community understands the educational and economic benefits of dual enrollment, through publicizing the program to students, parents, and the wider school community. McCollum was also recognized for his innovative thinking, vision and his goal to be both a bridge as well as a transporter to college for Laconia students.

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 09:15

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Altmire Awarded Full Scholarship to University of Akron

GILFORD — Patrick Altmire has been granted a full scholarship to attend the University of Akron School of Music for a Graduate degree in Music Performance. Patrick recently graduated With Distinction from Penn State University Schood of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education where he was a 4 year Dean's List student.
Patrick is a 2010 graduate of Gilford High School and former student of Mrs. Lyvie Beyrent Director of Instrumental Music at Gilford High School and Mr. Timothy Gilmore Percussion Professor at Plymouth State University.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 09:10

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Belknap Mill gets grant for windows

LACONIA — The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) announced today that the organization will be donating $10,000 to the Belknap Mill Society for their Window Improvement Project. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Mary Butler Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, located in Laconia.

The Belknap Mill was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1970 with a mission to preserve and protect the building and maintain an historical museum. The Belknap Mill supports and provides cultural and educational opportunities for Laconia and the Lakes Region. At 190 years old the Belknap Mill is the oldest unaltered brick textile mill in the nation and is listed on the Historic Register of Historic Places.

Denise Sharlow, Executive Director, of the Belknap Mill said, "We are so happy to be receiving such a generous donation from the DAR. We realize that our grant is just one of many generous donations that the DAR has made throughout the year to preserve our nation's history. They serve our nation as partners in stewardship, with those who are charged with preserving our heritage, education, and American History."

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 09:03

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Youth passes available for Blue Loon bus

Tri-County CAP Transit has Youth Passes available for the summer. These passes are available for students between the ages of 12 and 18 while still in school. These passes are valid from the day school gets out, until the day before school begins.

The cost of a pass is $35 for unlimited riding all summer. These passes are a good way to get around to activities and jobs in the area. To purchase a pass call 1-888-997-2020 for Berlin-Gorham Trolley and Tri-Town passes that serve serving Lancaster, Littleton, and Whitefield and 1-866-752-6890 for Blue Loon (Carroll County) passes.

For more information about the different services Tri-County CAP has to offer visit www.tricountycaptransit.weebly for more information.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 08:59

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