BERLIN — While there won’t be black balloons and jokes about 50 being the new 40, there will be plenty to celebrate when White Mountains Community College celebrates its 50th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 29. The fundraising event will include a social hour, dinner, a silent auction and a show by comedian Juston McKinney.
The event will run from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort, Bretton Woods. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Presidential Fund, which supports student scholarships and enrollment and retention efforts.
“For 50 years and under many different names, this college has continually played an essential role by providing educational and workforce training services to those living in New Hampshire’s North Country. We have helped make a difference in the lives of many thousands of people and plan to continue to do so for many years,” said Matthew Wood, president of White Mountains Community College. “We hope students, alumni, partners, community members and leaders can come join us for the celebration and help us raise funds to better serve our students.”
The college was established in 1966 as the New Hampshire Vocational Institute, and faculty members greeted the first class of 104 students with the purpose of preparing "qualified high school graduates as skilled workers to meet the needs of the state." The campus has physically grown over the years and constantly adapted its curriculum to meet the changing needs of its students. Today’s WMCC now operates from its main campus in Berlin, and from academic centers in Littleton and North Conway. This expanded geographic footprint enables the college to more easily serve students across the North Country. Ten years ago, the college changed its name to White Mountains Community College to better reflect the region it serves.
Donations are being sought from local businesses for the silent auction. Sample auction donations include a $150 certificate for dinner for two at the Omni Mt. Washington; ice time at the Notre Dame Arena; six months of business advertising service; learn to ski packages; and a day pass to the Mt. Washington Auto Road or Great Glen Trails.
The per person cost is $100 and reservations can be made online. Individuals who are unable to attend but wish to make a donation can do so online as well or can send in a check made payable to “WMCC 50th Anniversary” that can be mailed to the college at WMCC, 2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH 03570.
The College’s Events Committee has been working tirelessly on this effort since May. A slide show depicting the history of White Mountains Community College has been prepared and includes faces of many employees both past and present. Each attendee will leave with a memento as a remembrance of the event. More information on the event can be found on the WMCC website.
White Mountains Community College (WMCC) has a main campus in Berlin, New Hampshire and academic centers in Littleton and North Conway and is one of seven colleges in the Community College System of New Hampshire. WMCC offers Associate Degree and Certificate programs, plus training options, preparing students for 21st century job opportunities as well as transfer pathways to four-year colleges and universities. WMCC is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Our courses are the most affordable in New Hampshire and our Littleton Academic Center makes us accessible to all students in the North Country Region. Courses are available day, evening and online. WMCC courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities in New Hampshire and across the country. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.