This is particularly important in
smaller, poorer or rural communities,
much like those served by RVCC.
RVCC was recently awarded a
Community Development Block Grant in
partnership with Dartmouth Hitchcock
Medical Center for $500,000 for the
purposes of job creation. The college also
received a $150,000 Northern Borders Grant
from the state to assist with the renova-
tions of its second o;-site campus. Both
grants will ultimately support economic
development in the region and growing
the workforce through economic planning
A BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE
Families of high school graduates who
are unable to a;ord the high cost of pri-
vate and public four-year colleges value
community colleges as a bridge to the
most practical and a;ordable choice. The
unemployed and underemployed value
community colleges as a bridge to the most
pragmatic educational avenue to update
skills and ready them for new adventures.
Companies seeking to fill skills gaps value
community colleges as a bridge to acceler-
ate training. Regions striving to enhance
economic development value community
colleges as a bridge for establishing and
America is rediscovering its community colleges as a bridge to building the
middle class and valuing the tremendous roles they have played and continue
to play in shaping a healthy economy
and strong workforce.
We must continue to ride the wave
by serving as a champion to the underserved, deepening partnerships and
improving economic development
as we build a stronger middle class.
Community colleges must continue to
play the vital role of bridge builder for
a stronger future for America. After all,
education is a bridge.
Alicia B. Harvey-Smith is president of River Valley
Community College in New Hampshire and a member of the
AACC Board of Directors.
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RVCC offers a variety of customized and
just-in-time workforce training, including
a certificate in advanced manufacturing.