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University System, Community Colleges Announce Streamlined Nursing Transfer Pathway

CONCORD — The University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire announce the signing of a new partnership agreement for RN-BSN nursing programs. The agreement between the two systems will help address projected workforce needs in nursing that face New Hampshire.

USNH and CCSNH will jointly offer a four-year degree pathway which combines curriculum offered by the community colleges with a BSN degree completion program provided by USNH. The program is expected to meet projected nursing education needs across New Hampshire, by increasing bachelors and masters capacity in nationally accredited programs for registered nurses (RNs) in the workforce. It will also provide affordable and efficient pathways for residents. The completion curriculum will be in place for the semester that begins in January 2015.

A 2010 report by the Institute of Medicine recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with bachelor degrees to 80 percent by 2020. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is also expected to result in increased nursing responsibilities, educational requirements and demand.

Presently New Hampshire's community colleges collectively are the state's largest provider of registered nurses (RNs), graduating approximately 300 nursing students annually with associate degrees. This partnership provides a new pathway for associate degree RNs to earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree with completion of the BSN taken through the University System.

"This agreement will create clear, definitive and affordable pathways to bachelor's degrees in nursing," said CCSNH chancellor Ross Gittell. Gittell said that access and affordability were key priorities in developing the agreement. "The real benefits for nursing students and graduates who return for the completion program include that the final two years will be at community college tuition levels."

In addition to nursing students currently in a community college program, this partnership will benefit the thousands of nurses presently in NH's workforce who now have a more affordable, accessible way to continue their education through the BSN and even Master's degree level.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:17

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Summer Biathlon at Pemi Fish and Game Club starts May 31

HOLDERNESS — The Summer Biathlon season at the Pemi will get started on Saturday, May 31. There will be teams registered as "Match Teams" and as "Sport Teams". The "Sport Team" is designed for novices/beginners/youth/adaptive and they will shoot at the larger targets prone and they will run/walk/wheelchair shorter distances.

Registration for the Pemi Summer Biathlon events will take place at the clubhouse from 8 to 9 a.m. for the Match Team participants and from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.for the Sport Team biathletes on the day of the event. The sight-in period and a safety and range briefing will be at the range starting at 9 a.m. for the Match Team. Matches will be scheduled to start at 10 a.m. with the Match Class first followed by the Youth, Beginner, Novice and Adaptive participants. All events are open to the public regardless of shooting experience and all ages are welcome. Coaching is available. Age 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The registration fee is $15 per match.

Some club rifles are available. Also, eye/ear protection is required. Races are held rain or shine, but will be cancelled if thunder is heard from the property during a race.
Additional summer biathlon events are scheduled at the Pemi for Saturdays, July 5, August 16, September 13 and a mountain bike biathlon (participants bike instead of run) on Sunday, October 5.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:11

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Register Now for Advice To The Players Shakespeare Drama Camps

SANDWICH — Registration is open for Advice To The Players' popular Shakespeare Drama Camps in Center Sandwich. Now in their thirteenth year, young players spend mornings in July on a range of theater games, improvisation and performance skills.

Kids 8-12 may enroll in Snapdragon Shakespeare Camp directed by Richard Posner of Snapdragon Theater Guild and Tamworth Learning Circles. Richard will lead young actors in character development, cooperative games and just plain fun.

Teen thespians, ages 12-15, should enroll in Shakesperience and will work with Plymouth State University Adjunct Professor, Sharon Paquette, on a range of skills in a dynamic exploration of Shakespeare's words, stories, and themes. Improv, clowning, text work, and even some stage combat provide keys to theatrical adventure and summer fun. Both camps run week-day mornings July 14-25.

The two groups will collaborate on creating a delightful romp through Shakespeare's Merrie Olde England in a special youth production of The Merry Wives of Windsor to be performed outside at the Sandwich Fairground Stage on the morning of July 25.

And for those mature teens who want advanced training and performance experience, Advice To The Players offers a 4-week Young Players Practicum with ATTP veterans Mark Woollett and Candace Clift: three days of individualized intensive actor training followed by participation in ATTP's mainstage production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. With limited enrollment, the YP Practicum takes place in the afternoon from July 14 through July 31 and concludes with eight public performances on selected days August 1-10.

For information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Becca at 986-6253. Sign-up sheets for registration in any camp session are at www.AdviceToThePlayers.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:07

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Spring Carnival May 31 at Laconia Christian

LACONIA —  Laconia Christian Academy will be hosting a Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will help raise funds for LCA’s Tuition Grant program.

Laconia Christian Academy is a non-denominational Pre-K through grade 12 school committed to providing a stimulating educational experience in a nurturing environment that fosters a passion for God’s truth. This event was postponed to this later date due to poor weather.
For more information, please call (603) 524-3250 or visit www.laconiachristian.org.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:01

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