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MCC to Discontinue Building Construction Program

Posted: October 02, 2015

On October 1, 2015, the Community College System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees formally voted to discontinue Manchester Community College's Building Construction program. The board made this decision after reviewing enrollment numbers and taking feedback from several stakeholder businesses involved in the program.

The following is a statement from MCC President Susan Huard:

"Since the MCC Building Construction program was launched 70 years ago, the industry has changed dramatically. Most recently, enrollment in the program has dropped – with fewer than 20 students enrolling annually in each of the last four years. In addition, employers have shared with us that this degree program no longer necessarily relates to career advancement. Students still in the program will be able to complete the program and have our continued full support. We will also work with local companies to help these students find jobs after graduation."

Manchester Community College will continue its other Construction Technologies degree and certificate programs, including Electrical Technology, HVAC and Welding – all of which have robust enrollment and offer graduates marketable skills and career advancement.

MCC administrators are also working with local industry to develop non-credit Building Construction courses and training programs as part of the college's Workforce Development offerings.