Advanced educational opportunities abound in the Monadnock Region through State and private colleges, continuing education and specialized training and development organizations.
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431-3516
Antioch University New England is a progressive graduate school which offers master's and doctoral degree programs designed with the specific needs of the adult learner in mind. For over 30 years, Antioch New England has been educating highly-motivated adult learners in innovative, practitioner-oriented programs which distinguish it from most traditional graduate schools. It is nationally recognized for its combination of academic excellence and technical expertise.
The institution offers master's programs in Education, Environmental Studies, Resource Management and Administration, Management, Substance Abuse/Addictions Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Counseling Psychology; an APA-accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) and a Doctoral (Ph.D.) program in Environmental Studies. All the programs strive to balance the academic with the experiential by requiring internships and practica through which students integrate their learning and professional development.
The Antioch New England graduate student typically is seeking professional challenge and advancement, further accreditation in her/his field, or a career change - amidst responsibilities to self and family. Classes in most programs scheduled one day a week and several weekends per semester permit students to continue working while earning a degree. This time-frame also permits students to commute from various parts of New England and New Jersey. Students bring to the classroom diverse experiences and skills which enrich learning at Antioch New England. It is also possible for continuing education students to take courses as special students when space is available.
In 1994, Antioch New England moved to a six-acre property, located off West Street in Keene, which has been retrofitted into an environmentally-sensitive campus with expanded student services and enhanced facilities. Antioch New England is the largest satellite campus in the Antioch University system, located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. With a current enrollment of more than 1,400, Antioch New England, by design remains a small, nonresidential graduate school which recognizes the special qualities of adult learners, minimizes competition among students, encourages risk taking, and provides strong peer support.
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Franklin Pierce University
University Dr., Rindge, NH 03461
Franklin Pierce is a four-year, fully accredited, residential, liberal-arts college located on 1,000 wooded acres at the base of Mount Monadnock on the shores of Pearly Pond. The campus retains its New England charm through the renovated buildings built before 1853, when the estate was owned by Captain Asa Brewer and was a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Named after Franklin Pierce, the 14th and only New Hampshire-born US President, the College was founded in 1962, and granted use of the Pierce family crest. The College grants Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees, as well as teacher and paralegal certification. Franklin Pierce has an average annual enrollment of 1,300 students at its main campus in Rindge, and approximately 2,500 non-traditional age students at five learning centers in Concord, Keene, Nashua, Salem and Portsmouth.
Franklin Pierce College offers 26 majors and 31 minors in the academic fields of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Business and Career Studies. Through its nationally-recognized """Individual and Community""" curriculum, which emphasizes integration of the disciplines, community service, and portfolio development, students receive individualized attention from faculty who are active in their disciplines and recognized in their professions.
Franklin Pierce provides an active cultural environment offering the fall theatre production, spring musical, dance concert, annual performance of """Messiah""", Lachrimae, Choral Union, the Fall and Spring Crimson-Grey Cultural Series, Valakis Lecture Series, Humanities Lecture Series, and fine art exhibits in the Thoreau Gallery. Students may join a variety of clubs such as recreational clubs, student government, media clubs (FM radio, television, newspaper, year book), fire department, religious clubs, special interest clubs, and academic clubs.
Franklin Pierce houses The Monadnock Institute for Nature, Place, and Culture which explores the interrelationships between the physical and biological environment and between the natural world and the human community, and The Peterson Institute for Public Policy, which pursues innovative solutions for improving the social and economic conditions of communities.
For the varsity athlete, the College offers 10 intercollegiate teams at the NCAA, Division II level. In the fall, the College offers men's soccer and women's soccer (1994, 1995, 1996 NCAA, Division II Champions), women's tennis, and men's golf. Winter sports include men's basketball and women's basketball, men's tennis, men's baseball, and women's softball. Beginning in 1997-98, the College will add crew, cross country, women's golf and field hockey in the fall and lacrosse in the spring. The College also fields a highly-competitive ice hockey club, maintains a comprehensive intramural program, and sponsors several recreational clubs.
The main campus in Rindge includes two modern classroom buildings (including a laboratory), library, campus center, glassblower's/kiln building, five residence halls, two apartment houses, townhouse complex, condo apartments, lakeside cabins, administrative services building, warehouse, field house, air frame recreation complex, two theatres, and administrative buildings. The College also provides a Macintosh Lab, PC Computer Lab, and classroom/open computer lab.
The Conference Center at Franklin Pierce College offers use of its facilities and services at reasonable rates to groups or associations in a resort-like atmosphere during the summer months.
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Keene State College
229 Main St., Keene, NH 03435
(603) 352-1909 or 1-800-KSC-1909
Keene State College, located in the Monadnock Region of southwestern New Hampshire, has an enrollment of 4,900 full-time and part-time students, and offers nearly 40 major programs of study, as well as individualized study, cooperative education, and international exchange opportunities.
Its attributes include size - small enough to assure individual attention; location - right in the heart of New England; majors - a comprehensive program that includes associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees; and cost - a private feeling at a public price. The faculty and staff are committed to helping students succeed.
Students may balance their academic program with nearly 100 social and academic clubs, 16 varsity sports, and a broad schedule of recreational sports. The Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond and Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery provide programming in regional, national, and international fine and performing arts. The KSC Film Society runs a year-round, weekly film series in the Putnam Arts Lecture Hall. More than 2,000 students live on campus and participate in residence hall councils and activities.
The College has a long history in the area of teacher education and operates Wheelock School, an elementary school which is part of the Keene School District. Wheelock and the Keene State College Child Development Center, are the sites of many student practicum experiences, as well as student teaching assignments.
Benefiting both students and Keene-area companies, the Career Services program coordinates part-time and full-time job listings for students. In addition, the Cooperative Education program works with industries to provide students on-the-job training as a part of their education experience.
Keene State is pursuing its goal of becoming the public, undergraduate college of choice in New England by focusing on academic excellence and enhanced quality of life on campus. Valuing service to the community and its strong relationship to the city of Keene, the College strives to prepare the next generation of leaders for the state, the region, and the nation.
Students also have a long tradition of providing volunteer community service to the greater Keene community. Students work with more than 30 local agencies and schools, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, AIDS Services, Women's Crisis Center, Keene Housing Authority and Homeless Shelters, The Community Kitchen, and local K-12 schools.
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Monadnock Training Council
Box 52, Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 924-2069 or (603) 673-9296
The Monadnock Training Council, Inc. (MTC) is a regional training and education collaborative. Since 1984, it has developed training solutions to meet area employee and employer needs through offering a wide range of educational choices: degree or certification programs, seminars or workshops, and/or community programs.
The Council has been in the forefront of operationalizing the concept of an alliance between area businesses, large or small, their employees, the community, post secondary educational institutions and training and consulting providers. Key to the Training Council's success is its consortium approach: assisting companies and organizations which have similar educational demands to pool their training resources and then design, develop and/or locate a single program or a series of trainings to meet collective needs. The result: greater cost effectiveness and the opportunity for companies to address a wider range of training and development issues.
The Monadnock Training Council's offering of high quality, flexible service and up-to-date technical and organizational classes have enabled clients to meet their technical and human resources training requirements. Credit and non-credit programs provided at company sites throughout the area have included:
- Degree programs offered at various company locations through partnerships with local public, private and vocational colleges: Associates in General Studies, Bachelors in Management, Master in Human Resources, and the MBS;
- Technical/skills oriented courses or certificate programs designed to meet specific organizational needs: (e.g. CAD, Electricity, safety, languages, computer applications, etc.);
- Management skill courses, seminars and workshops such as supervision, leadership, employment law, team building, finance, and many others;
- Community based programs including basic computer and Internet skills, small business management, stress management, sign language and others.
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Continuing and Community Education
In Keene, area residents have a wide variety of offerings in the part-time continuing education programs. Keene State College offers courses in four sessions during the year on the College's campus; Franklin Pierce has a regional campus in Keene offering associate degree, bachelor's degree, certificate programs and an MBA in leadership with evening and Saturday classes. Antioch New England offers graduate courses during the day, evenings and weekends; and School Administrative Unit 29 also offers courses.
Keene State College Division of Continuing Education and Extended Studies
(603) 358-2290, www.keene.edu/conted
With hundreds of evening and weekend course offerings, Keene State College provides part-time students the opportunity to work toward associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees. In addition to the credit program, Keene State also offers non-credit classes and certificate programs where competency certificates are awarded for demonstrated skills in a specific area. To assist adult students, the College also provides counseling through the Adult Learner Services Office.
Other programs offered through Continuing Education and Extended Studies include OSHA authorized training, OSHA 10-and 30-hour courses for construction and general industry, and driver education teacher certification, all of which are offered at the Manchester Safety Center. Keene State College is also an outreach campus for the Plymouth State College Master of Business Administration program. Students receive advice and counseling for this program through the KSC Continuing Education Office.
Franklin Pierce College - Keene Campus
17 Bradco Street, Keene, NH 03431
The division of Graduate and Professional Studies offers Certificates, Associate and Bachelor programs. Available degrees include: Accounting, American Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Financial Management, General Studies, Human Services, International Business, Management and Marketing. Also available is an MBA in Leadership. Evening and Saturday classes are offered throughout the year in an eight-week format. Credit for experience is achievable through the Life Experience Advancement Program (LEAP). Personal academic and financial aid counseling is emphasized in this setting which seeks to satisfy the educational needs of all students at any stage of their college experience. Students are welcome to take full advantage of all resources available at the home campus in Rindge, NH.
Antioch New England Graduate School
(603) 357-3122, ext. 219 - Antioch New England Graduate School provides adult learners the opportunity to take courses in its master's program in education environmental studies, management, and psychology as Special Students on a for-credit or non-credit basis. Please refer to the information on the Graduate School on page 27.
Keene Community Education
(357-0088) - The Keene School District offers courses in an Alternative Diploma Program, Customized Training for Business and Industry, Vocational Education, GED Testing, Enrichment Programs, Staff Development, and Driver Education. In addition, dozens of personal enrichment programs are offered on a year-round basis.
LITERACY: Cheshire County Literacy Coalition
, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH 03431. Adult Tutorial Program (357-9041). Adult Basic Education Class (357-0088). GED Preparation & GED Testing Program (357-0088). Alternative Adult High School Diploma Program (357-0088). "A Step Beyond" Learning Center, Cheshire County Complex, Westmoreland, NH 03467 (399-4912).