Non-Credit and Professional Development Courses/Workshops
Individuals take non-credit courses and workshops for a variety of reasons:
- Professional development, academic stimulation, and personal enrichment
- Employability and marketability enhancement
- Specific skill training (including many of the topics listed under Workforce Development.
- Self improvement
- Just for fun!
Specialized Training Programs
Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program
White Mountains Community College, in partnership with the Mt. Washington Hotel, offers a fully-certified Culinary Arts Apprenticeship program to eligible candidates. Participants selected for the program become Associate Degree candidates in addition to their required work experience. During the three (3) year program, apprentices must go on externship twice a year. Many of the finest resorts in America welcome our apprentices for their externships. Successful completion of this apprenticeship program qualifies the graduates for American Culinary Federation certification.
The college offers a variety of professional driver training courses that focus on both classroom work and in-the-vehicle training time. After over-the-road experience with professional, experienced instructors, plus lab and range time, participants master the complete range of driver competencies and become safe, comfortable, confident, law-abiding drivers.
Training topics include trip planning, maintaining daily logs, handling cargo, cargo documentation, employer relations and public relations. The courses cover written and practical tests, and the college can provide tutoring time in the Academic Support Center for those who may need extra help. Students who obtain their commercial licenses receive a certificate, assistance in job-seeking skills, and job placement information.
While the program participants are not eligible for financial aid, unemployed persons can frequently access training money available through Community Action programs or other funding programs that often provide liaisons or contact people in offices of New Hampshire Employment Security.
Requirements: Training applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid driver's license, have a clean driving record and possess a high school diploma or a GED. (Participants who have neither will be tested to determine reading, writing and arithmetic grade levels. Eighth grade level is the minimum expectation.) Additionally, before participants can be accepted as driver trainees, the program director must review the prospective students' driver records and they must pass a physical exam and pass a standard pre-employment drug test.