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Providing pathways for criminal justice students

By Grace Pecci - Staff Writer | Sep 4, 2019

NASHUA — A problem many college transfer students face is losing credit for classes that do not offer a match from one institution to another.

Students at Nashua Community College should not have to worry about this anymore, should they follow a new “2 + 2” pathway transfer agreement.

Criminal Justice associate degree students at NCC now have the opportunity to transfer after two years into the University of New Hampshire Manchester’s Homeland Security Program with full credit for all courses completed at NCC. These students will save money in the long run by avoiding the issue of having to retake classes.

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator at NCC David Dinwoodie, UNH Manchester Dean Mike Decelle and James Ramsay, professor of security studies and UNH homeland security coordinator worked together to create this opportunity for students.

“This is a great opportunity for students to start their education at NCC and finish it at UNH. A degree in homeland security opens the door to a wide range of career paths at the Federal or State level or within the burgeoning defense industry,” Dinwoodie stated.

“We are excited to expand academic options that make UNH more accessible and affordable for NCC students. Both colleges are committed to fostering meaningful outcomes for students, and the new homeland security pathway furthers that mission by offering NCC students more and stronger employment prospects in the high-demand fields of security and law enforcement,” Decelle said.

“UNH homeland security graduates are uniquely positioned for careers in intelligence, counter-terrorism, law enforcement, environmental health, strategic planning and risk management, emergency management and cybersecurity. This pathway opens more doors for criminal justice students at NCC to pursue rewarding careers in the public and private sectors as well as the military,” Ramsay added.

The college and UNH are also partnered in several other programs, including all concentrations of business administration, foundations in data analytics and web application development, mechanical design technology, software development, computer networking, electronic engineering technology, communications, history and political science, mathematics and psychology.

The college also offers several other tracks for students to follow that allow them to “seamlessly” earn a degree.

Within the NH Dual Admission Program, students can earn an associate’s degree and then a bachelor’s degree at one of the UNH schools. These include the University of New Hampshire, University of New Hampshire Manchester, Keene State College, Plymouth State University and Granite State College.

In addition, Franklin University, Granite State College and New England College accept transfer students from all NCC associate’s degree programs, while Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Rivier University, Southern New Hampshire University, Springfield College, University of New Hampshire and University of New Hampshire Manchester accept transfer students from specific NCC programs.

To learn more about the available options, visit http://nashuacc.edu/student-services/advising-center/transfer-options.

Grace Pecci may be reached at 594-1243, or at gpecci@nashuatelegraph.com.


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