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Dover Adult Learning Center receives $22,000 grant from Walmart

DOVER — The three greatest barriers to participation in adult education are lack of safe reliable childcare, housing insecurity and transportation challenges. Adult learners can end up in a cycle of struggle when they can’t get to school to study for their high school equivalency test, or to gain the level of English language proficiency they need to be successful in their education, career or community.

A $22,000 grant from the Walmart Strategic Initiatives fund will go a long way to help remove those barriers and help students be successful in their pursuit of basic education and career opportunities, interrupting a spiral of obstructions.

Walmart employees, including Chad Gray, market manager; Melissa Herold, market coordinator; Angela Yankauskas, market asset protection manager; Cory Huston, market digital operations manager; Karen Kelsey, optician; and Monica McGovern, executive assistant enjoyed a tour, met some of the students, and posed for a photo. 

The Walmart Strategic Initiatives grant funds will be used to support services like childcare and transportation for adult learners for the next 18 months.

As our counselors assist students in finding resources to mitigate the big three barriers and make it possible for them to get to school consistently, be focused and relaxed when they are at school, these funds will give them additional resources to meet these needs.

The Dover Adult Learning Center of Strafford County, at the McConnel Center in Dover and the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center in Rochester, offers the following programs: English Language Learning; College, Training & Workforce Prep; Academics and HS Completion; Integrated Education and Training; Computer Training; and Tutoring.

Portsmouth High School Career Technical Center’s Business Club picking up steam

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Career Technical Center’s (PHS-CTC’s) Business Club has been picking up steam as they have grown and taken on new challenges over the past two years. With the energy and leadership of Nicole Bellabona and Assistant Mayor Joanna Kelley combined with a core group of students passionate about business career pathways last year and our new business instructor, Brendan Sullivan jumping in with both feet this year, the club is growing and succeeding.

On Tuesday, April 2, members of the Business Club traveled to the Hilton Doubletree in Manchester to participate in the NH FBLA Spring Leadership Conference. This statewide event allows students to meet peers and professionals with similar career pathways interests. State officer elections, networking opportunities, leadership and skills competitions are just some of the exciting opportunities that were offered at this year’s event.

At their firstFBLA leadership conference, students from Portsmouth participated in skills competitions. Ben Gotleib who earned a first place in the Accounting competition and Mason Patterson placed second in the health-care administration competition.

“Ben, Mason and their peers who attended this year’s State Leadership Conference worked so hard and studied tirelessly to perform on their exams. They live up to the name ‘Future Business Leaders of America’ and I’m really looking forward to what they accomplish in the future,” Sullivan said.

Students that place in the top four across NH FBLA competitions may choose to go on and compete at the national Orlando, Florida.

Great Bay Community College awardees recognized at 2024 Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards

PORTSMOUTH — Campus Compact for New Hampshire, a statewide consortium of college and university presidents and private sector partners, recently held an event in Manchester, N.H. at the Manchester Country Club to honor the 2024 CCNH Presidents’ Award recipients from colleges and universities from across the Granite State. Among the recipients were students and staff from Great Bay Community College. The awards recognize campus and community members for their outstanding contributions to education and opportunity in New Hampshire.

The presidents of Campus Compact for New Hampshire’s member colleges and universities nominate and award each of the candidates. This year’s awardees for Great Bay Community College included the following:

Presidents’ Leadership Award: Great Bay Community College’s Pride Alliance Club

Presidents’ Good Steward Award: WorkReadyNH Program Manager, Dawn Hamdi

Presidents’ Community Partner Award: Portsmouth Housing Authority

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