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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hesser College getting new name, new online degree

CONCORD – New Hampshire’s Hesser College is getting a lofty new name and adding an online business degree program.

As of July 1, the college – founded in 1900 – will be known as Mount Washington College. ...

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CONCORD – New Hampshire’s Hesser College is getting a lofty new name and adding an online business degree program.

As of July 1, the college – founded in 1900 – will be known as Mount Washington College.

The college will continue to serve students through its main campus in Manchester, and at four satellite campuses across the southern part of the state.

It’s also starting online-only associate and bachelor degree programs in business administration. Andrew Temte, interim president of the college, says barriers are particularly high for adult learners who are working full time, raising a family and balancing schedules while pursuing a degree. The college is seeking to help students overcome such challenges.

Temte said the college’s new name reflects its goal of reaching students beyond southern New Hampshire.

“It also tips our hat to our 113-year heritage here in New Hampshire by focusing on the highest peak east of the Mississippi River,” Temte said.

The college system also has a new logo comprised of overlapping diamonds with a computer symbol in the center of the right diamond that is associated with the “play” or “forward” trigger on websites. Temte says it’s meant to indicate progress and moving forward along a career path.

Annual tuition for the online business program is priced up to $6,000, with a four-year bachelor’s degree costing up to $24,000.

Temte said the goals of the on-line program are to reduce student debt and address skills gaps. He said the program will target adult learners who are focused and self-motivated.

The name change takes effect July 1. Enrollment will start on July 15 and classes begin Sept. 3.

Students will be required to have qualifying standardized test scores, previous college credit, or pass an entrance exam that measures five separate online learning readiness categories.

Temte said there are no plans to close any of the existing campuses in Manchester, Concord, Nashua, Portsmouth and Salem.

The college system is part of the Kaplan Higher Education Group.