Bring a Friend When You Visit Your

White Mountains Community College

President of White Mountains Community College

At White Mountains Community College we are always trying to come up with new ideas regarding how to get more North Country residents through our doors. So far, we have been doing a pretty good job, as shown by our yearly increases in enrollment, but we realize we can't rest on our laurels. There are some pockets of the population in the communities we serve that are a little more resistant than others to our invitations to come take a look.

Historically, those who ultimately earn a college degree go right from high school to college. College is a big step in a young person's life, and, unlike high school, usually requires that the student have a better sense of direction. In high school the choice of paths is fewer and the goal, a high school diploma, is clearer. No one asks you, when you are a high school freshman, what you are majoring in. There are no majors in high school. Those who go right from high school to college do face the challenges of growing up and having to make more decisions on their own, but in college they are surrounded by others their own age. If you are 18-years-old and a college freshman, floundering in a sea of choices, at least you know you are not alone. Chances are your classmates are feeling the same way.

When you’re 25,30, or 35 years old, it is not so easy to make the decision to go to college. You can't just drop in on your old high school guidance councilor and ask for advice. You can’t call up your friends and ask them what they put for on their applications for their educational objectives. You can’t rely on your parents to drive you around to visit half-a-dozen colleges to see which one you'll like.

When you’re 25, 30 or 35 years old, you've most likely spent more than a few years being financially and emotionally independent. Though you might know that getting more education could help you out, even stepping on a campus can make you feel like you're a high school student again, not the world-wise person you've become. It can make you feel as unsure of yourself as a teenager does. Is it any wonder teenagers like to hang around in packs? There is safety in numbers.

If you've been thinking of stopping by and seeing what we have to offer you, but are a little hesitant to walk in all by yourself, afraid that the hall monitor may ask you for a pass from your teacher, may we suggest that you bring a friend with you. Make a lunch date of it, and have a second cup of coffee to bolster your self-confidence before you step on campus.

It's easy to stick to the old and familiar, harder to take a path that you think you might stumble on, but we have confidence in you. We know you can do it.

Our main campus is located at 2020 Riverside Drive in Berlin. Our Conway center is located off of Route 16 at 53 Technology Lane. In Littleton we are at 646 Main Street, in Woodsville at 9 High Street. Check us out. We are pretty sure you'll be glad you did! ...... ........Courses


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