Advanced Technology Building Expansion Donations Top $225,000 at White Mountains Community College
Littleton, N.H. (August 31, 2022) – Just weeks ahead of the September 14 groundbreaking for the White Mountains Community College (WMCC) Advanced Technology Building, Caterpillar Inc. has donated $25,000 in support of the project. This comes through the college’s decades-long partnership with Milton CAT, a local heavy equipment machine and engine distributor who pledged $200,000 in March, marking one of the largest donations in college history. Funds from Caterpillar Inc. and Milton CAT will support construction, equipment, infrastructure and program development for the Advanced Technology Building at the Littleton Academic Center. The expansion is designed to help the college meet current and future workforce needs in the North Country by growing high-demand programs, improving access, increasing regional recruitment and deepening community integration.
“We’re excited about continuing to build partnerships with the greater Littleton community and with their support, we are proud to be breaking ground for our new Advanced Technology Building which is being built with the everchanging needs of our local workforce in mind,” said Dr. Chuck Lloyd, WMCC president. “The generous support from Milton CAT and Caterpillar Inc. has been instrumental in helping us get this project underway to train the next generation of technicians and mechanics.”
The Advanced Technology Building will include a new technology hub to grow WMCC’s current programs including Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology, Industrial Mechanics and Welding while developing new training opportunities in electric vehicle technology and other emerging fields providing students with access to state-of-the-art technology and resources. Enhanced program offerings, facilities and equipment at the Littleton Academic Center will bring in-demand programs to a growing hub in the North Country while engaging with business and industry professionals locally. As part of the expansion project, a new 10,000 square foot advanced technology building will be constructed and is anticipated to be completed in May 2023.
WMCC’s Build Community Campaign is also underway, inviting individuals, companies, and organizations passionate about the future of the North Country to invest in the construction of the new Advanced Technology Building in Littleton. Donors’ names will be featured in the new building, honoring all who contributed to making progress possible.
“Investing in higher education improves our community and yields a threefold return through educational opportunities and economic impact,” added Lloyd.
To support the Build Community Campaign, click here.
White Mountains Community College (WMCC) is located in Berlin, New Hampshire with satellite campuses in Littleton and North Conway, and is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire. WMCC offers Associate Degree and Certificate programs, plus training options, preparing students for 21st-century job opportunities as well as transfer pathways to four-year colleges and universities. WMCC is fully accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Our courses are the most affordable in New Hampshire and our Littleton Academic Center makes us accessible to all students in the North Country Region. Courses are available day, evening and online. WMCC courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire and across the country. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the “65 by 25 Initiative,” which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.
Photo caption: Caterpillar Inc. donates $25,000 to White Mountains Community College’s Advanced Technology Building expansion project ahead of the September 14 groundbreaking. Left-to-right: Marc Pouliot, WMCC Diesel Heavy Equipment Technology program professor, Chris Robichaud, Milton CAT recruiter, and Chuck Lloyd, WMCC president. (Courtesy of WMCC)