Expansion Marks Third Anniversary at North Conway Academic Center

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Increased enrollment in new veterinary assisting program and thriving business administration and liberal arts programs contribute to WMCC’s growth

North Conway, NH – Prompted by three years of successful growth serving the communities in and around North Conway, White Mountains Community College (WMCC) is expanding its physical footprint into an additional 800 square feet of classroom and lab space at the current North Conway Academic Center at 2541 White Mountain Highway. In 2015, the College opened the then-3,000 square-foot lab and classroom building to make higher education attainable and convenient for more students. Now, thanks to rapid growth in new and existing programs, WMCC plans to expand into new space for a veterinary assistant training lab – resources the community says it needs to meet the needs of the industry in the future.

“The last three years have proven that there is a need in North Conway for specialized training in specific areas, and that the model at WMCC is a good fit for the community,” said Melanie Robbins, Director of Academic Centers at WMCC. “The additional space at our North Conway Academic Center will enable us to be even more responsive to student needs while working with the business community to make sure the programs we offer align with what they need to be successful, too.”

In addition to housing WMCC’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate program, the new building will also be home to courses in health sciences and liberal arts programs. The college’s Resort and Recreation Management program already includes course offerings at the North Conway location due to the strong presence of tourism-based businesses in the area, and its convenient location close to established resorts is driving even more interest to the vacation hotspot.

Strong enrollment in WMCC’s business administration and liberal arts programs are also contributing to the healthy growth at the North Conway location. With fall classes full or filling up quickly, WMCC officials anticipate they will need to expand life science classes in human biology, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology to the new space in time for the coming spring semester.

But first, a full cohort of 16 veterinary students will occupy the new building, working in partnership with the Conway Area Humane Society to offer training in veterinary assisting. Students will have the opportunity to work with many different types of animals at the humane society’s shelter, where employees will share their expertise in animal behavior and handling with students. This real-world experience combined with training in WMCC’s expanded North Conway location is the foundation for the College’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate program, which is currently at maximum capacity.

The North Conway Academic Center serves traditional and adult students throughout Northern New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. It is located in the heart of North Conway Village, providing flexible learning options for students in the greater Mt. Washington Valley area. It offers student support services including course registration, academic advising, and tutoring, and is open 8:30 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday. To learn more about the Center, contact Melanie Robbins at mrobbins@ccsnh.edu or 603-356-7926. For more information about WMCC’s Veterinary Assisting Certificate Program, contact Veterinary Assistant Program Coordinator/Life Science Professor, Dr. Mary Orff at morff@ccsnh.edu or 603-752-1113, X 3017.