NHTI

The New Hampshire Technical Institute at Concord's Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million federal job-training grant aimed at boosting information technology programs.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the U.S. Department of Labor grant on Monday.

The grant will help create new certificate and associate degree programs in information technology such as cyber security, networking and game programming. Shaheen says those skills can be applied in growing fields including health care, energy and advanced manufacturing.

NHTI faculty members say if position cuts are needed at the campus in New Hampshire's capital, they should start with what they call a bloated administration.  The school formerly known as the New Hampshire Technical Institute, which is part of the state's community college system, recently announced plans to cut 14 teaching position due to what top officials say are declining enrollments and rising costs.  The Concord Monitor reports  that enrollment at NHTI has been dropping about 2 percent a year since 2010.

The community college in Concord, New Hampshire, has a new president.

Susan Dunton's experience in college administration, academic affairs and student services spans three decades at Lesley College, the Harvard Divinity School and Fisher College in the Boston area; Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee; and Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

She has worked on forming partnerships between community college and four-year research and technical institutions and developed academic programs for workforce needs.