Senator Lou D'Allesandro Urges Support For College Ready New England

CONCORD, NH – Today, Senator Lou D’Allesandro, D-District 20, was joined by many New Hampshire education leaders in urging support of the College Ready New England program.

College Ready New England is a program administered by the New England Board of Higher Education that strives to prepare the residents of New England with the education and skills to live productive and successful lives.

“The College Ready New England program works in union with Governor Lynch’s Drop Out Prevention Plan and Project Running Start to give residents of New Hampshire access to higher education at affordable rates,” noted Senator D’Allesandro. “Together each of these programs provides New Hampshire with the opportunity to enrich the lives of students, and promises hope for future generations.”

“College Ready New England recognizes that the educational system must accommodate learners of all ages, income levels, ethnicity, and backgrounds,” commented William Simonton, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Technical College System. “Shifts in the economy mean there will continually be adults who find themselves needing to acquire new career skills. Additionally, in the last five years, New Hampshire has gained 18,000 foreign-born residents. These individuals must be able to find a welcoming place in the educational pipeline to help them become full participants in our state’s productive economy.”

“College Ready New England is an effort to allow the six New England states to retain our competitive advantage, and keep up with the rest of the country and the world,” concluded Senator D’Allesandro. “An educated workforce draws business and economic prosperity to the region, and New Hampshire needs to participate in this groundbreaking program to remain competitive, and I remain committed to working with education leaders and Governor Lynch to ensure New Hampshire’s continued success and advantage.”

In attendance were Gov. Walter Peterson, NEBHE Board; Kathryn Dodge, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission; Ingrid Lemaire Vice President, Research and Government Relations, Granite State Management and Resources; Robert Wells, Project Director, New Hampshire Achievement for Dropout Prevention; Ms. JoAnne Malloy, Project Co-Director, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire; Ms. Kathleen Abate, Project Co-Director, Alliance for Community

Supports, Inc.; Ms. McKenzie Harrington, Program Specialist, NH State Department of

Education; State Representative Stella Scamman, NEBHE Board; and William G. Simonton, Commissioner, NH Community Technical College System.