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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Chief Allen Credits Granite State College for Career Success

Originally from Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Michael Allen joined the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school. His service led him to New Hampshire. When Michael's active duty service ended, he retired from the military and transitioned to a career with the Rochester Police Department, where he's built an impressive career in law enforcement. A decade into his career with the Rochester PD, Michael crossed paths with a former police officer from a neighboring community, who happened to work...
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Alum earns National Recognition after Finishing a Degree in Psychology

Shelia Sirois, a 2015 Granite State College graduate with a degree in Psychology, currently works as General Manager at a restaurant near her hometown of Littleton, New Hampshire. She completed her degree while working a hectic, full-time job. Since graduating, she has celebrated impressive career success and credits her Granite State College experience. What's special about Shelia is that she's not only an exceptional manager, but also a leader who inspires her staff, friends, and loved ones...
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Catching up with Chief Dean: Master's of Leadership Alum

When you’re considering finishing your degree, you need support. Sometimes you don’t know where to look or who to ask. We’re lucky to have a network of alumni who raise their hand to share their stories and offer advice. We caught up Paul Dean, a dual alum who earned his bachelor’s in 2004 and returned for his master’s degree in 2014.  Starting as an undergrad. Returning for his master’s. Ten years after finishing his bachelor’s degree from Granite State, Paul wanted to grow his career and he...
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Granite State Alum Appointed to University System's Board of Trustees

It’s a great day for our student and alumni community—Granite State College has its first ever Alumni Trustee on the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees. Why is this so important? On paper, this may seem like an ordinary leadership position, but it holds incredible promise for our community. The University System of New Hampshire (USNH) represents the State’s four public colleges: UNH, Plymouth State, Keene State, and Granite State. About 25% of the Board positions are...
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Alumni Update: Lisa shows qualities of a school leader

When Lisa Wedge, a Title One Reading Aide at Josiah Bartlett School, needed extra resources to support a new reader’s workshop, one of the first calls she made was to her alma mater Granite State College. Over the summer, the teachers got together and started to brainstorm what we can do to make sure our students could easily organize their reader’s orkshop materials. We thought about backpacks, but that’s not realistic with school budgets. Because I have been involved with Granite State...
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Alumni Update: Heather becomes a teacher

We recently had the opportunity to get an update from Heather, a bright and inspiring recent alumna! Please enjoy this guest blog directly from Heather and learn more about what she has been doing since finishing her degree. Heather's starts her journey Carpenter Elementary School in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is a place I know well. As a young mom who was new to the area, I first visited Carpenter Elementary 17 years ago while holding the sweaty palm of my nervous five-year-old son, Everett. I...
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Interested in becoming a teacher? Learn how one graduate is making a difference in Coos county

Have you ever asked a teacher why they chose a career in education? In their explanation, they’re sure to exude passion for their work. Even if you know that teaching isn’t for you, hearing a teacher’s answer will often have you feeling inspired. Teach.org did a great job at bottling this energy when they put together a blog of their top "7 Reasons Why Becoming a Teacher is Awesome:" Be a leader kids can look up to Give kids the skills they need to compete in a challenging global market Create...
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