White Mountains Community College, located in Berlin, is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The college was established in 1966 as the New Hampshire Vocational Institute, and faculty members greeted the first class of 104 students with the purpose of preparing "qualified high school graduates as skilled workers to meet the needs of the state." Since its early days, the campus has grown in depth and size. Five major expansions have increased the main college building to 87,500 square feet of modern classroom and laboratories. Computers play a significant role in instruction and are prominent in every curriculum, and most classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards to enhance the learning process.
To meet the needs of students throughout northern New Hampshire, WMCC has expanded off-site to include Academic Centers in Littleton and North Conway. As the college grows, plans are underway for new courses, new buildings, and a wider variety of options for learners. However, the basic philosophy remains to provide students with a first-rate college education. Our graduates are well prepared, whether headed to the job market, or to four-year institutions to further their education.
Throughout the history of WMCC, the college has consistently sought to provide a quality education, allowing each student the opportunity to choose a career pathway and to gain the personal and professional skills needed to be successful in a competitive job market.
The student body has grown significantly and now includes a wide spectrum of ages and experiences. Courses for traditional and adult students are available day, evening and online. Programs uniquely blend theoretical information with practical application and maintain low student-faculty ratio.