North Country Charter Academy Students Begin College Exploration At WMCC Open House


Attending the open house on Nov. 21 at White Mountains Community College are, from left, Jessi Noyes, Chris Holden, Avion Erceg and Morgan Rommel.

Nine high school students from two North Country Charter Academy campuses convened in the Bistro at the Berlin, N.H. campus of White Mountains Community College on Nov. 21 to learn of the opportunities that await them after high school. With the college offering a look at 24 different programs, visiting students had plenty of choices when deciding what to explore as possible future career paths.

Vinnie Calaio '15, Chris Holden '15, Morgan Rommel '15, Avion Erceg '16, Garrett Newton '16, Devon Rivera '15, Jordan Smart '15, Taylor Cornell '16, Lillian Raineault '16 and Alyssa Goodrum '16 all took part in the day. Each was able to sit in on three 45-minute workshops that highlighted the programs that WMCC offers at both the Berlin and Littleton campuses. The opening of the new Allied Medical wing at the Littleton site opened up even more doors to the local residents to study disciplines that include LNA Certification, Massage Therapy and Medical Office Management.

NCCA students walked away with new information and a desire to enter higher education. Avion Erceg, who would like to pursue a degree in Psychology, explored the Human Services and Nursing programs. "Many nurses are bilingual," which she learned helps in comforting patients. Morgan Rommel, who has already been accepted into the Special Education program at WMCC, was excited to learn about the 2 + 2 program with Plymouth State University, an agreement between the colleges that will allow her to seamlessly transition from a two-year program to a four-year college and earn her bachelor's degree.

Taylor Cornell gained a new vocabulary and appreciation of the art of cooking and baking from the Culinary and Pastry Arts worlds, and Jordan Smart learned that one of the best chefs in the United States was a WMCC graduate. Devon Rivera shares, "He won the Best Chef in America award." Vinnie Calaio, a student in the Graphic Design program at the White Mountains Regional High School Career & Technical Center, added the Health and Wellness Advocate/Coach program to his list of interests, and Chris Holden, who is enrolled in the Automotive Technology program at Littleton's Hugh J. Gallen Career & Technical Center, is excited at the prospect of getting a good-paying job immediately after graduating from the Welding program at WMCC.


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