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NCEL050M Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation


with Laura Irizarry

Calendar Current session started May 21, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 10 weeks

Receive instruction and extensive practice in speaking, listening and pronunciation.  Learn grammar in the context of speaking and reading.
The overall objective is for students to improve communication for work, school, and daily situations.

An ESOL assessment is not required, all levels are welcome!

Instructor-selected materials and sources will be used to teach the course.

This course is WIOA Approved.


NCEL055M Advanced Academic Essay Writing and Vocabulary


with Maureen Herrick

Calendar Current session started Jun 3, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 10 weeks

This advanced course is designed to facilitate the transition to college level reading and evidence-based writing. Students will use the process approach for writing a five-paragraph essay from primarily non-fiction texts, using the basic academic format (effective introduction with thesis, coherent body paragraphs supported by evidence, and conclusion.) Students will also improve their skills in reading and comprehension, grammar and mechanics, practicing a variety of verb and sentence structures necessary for college writing. This integrated reading and writing course will focus on annotation, summary, and critical response essay writing of at least 5 paragraphs.

Required Textbook:  

Practice Makes Perfect Advanced ESL Reading and Comprehension (EBOOK) 1st Edition, KindleEdition by Diane Engelhardt

ISBN-13: 978-0071798860

ISBN-10: 0071798862


Prerequisite: Students are required to take a reading and writing placement assessment to participate in this non-credit ESOL class. Also, Workforce Development and Academic Success Center staff discretion is taken under advisement.

WDC ESOL Writing & Reading Placement Assessment includes:

  • Part 1: Three reading prompts, completing the multiple choice or true/false questions for each.
  • Part 2: Choose one of the writing prompts and write a minimum of a 300 word essay.

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This course is WIOA Approved.

NCHC32M - BLS Provider (Basic Life Support) CPR/AED


with Carol Phillips

Calendar Next available session starts Jul 10, 2024 at 12:30 pm
1 additional session on Aug 7, 2024

The American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider CPR/AED classroom course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Care for adults, children, and infants is covered. 3-hour class; 2-year certification. Certification e-card included.


The required manual for this class must be purchased separately and brought to class.

BLS Provider Manual
AHA Product Number: 20-1102
ISBN: 978-1-61669-768-6


IMPORTANT: Students can choose to purchase either the e-book or a physical book.

E-book: Most students purchase the e-book, which can be accessed as soon as the purchase is complete.

Physical book: Students may opt to purchase a physical book; however, allow three weeks for delivery through the mail.

Here is the link for the e-book:


Here is the link to order a physical copy:


Please read book prior to class and bring book to class.

* The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

NCAT127M NH State Inspection Test Preparation Course


with Todd Mikonis

Calendar Next session starts Jun 21, 2024 at 9 am
4 additional sessions through Aug 14, 2024

This course is designed to prepare technicians for the New Hampshire Motor Vehicle State Inspection Test. An In depth analysis of the state laws will be thoroughly discussed and reviewed. Technicians will be taught how to properly perform safety inspections as outlined in the Saf-C 3200 Official Inspection Station Rules. Technicians will perform multiple sample hands on Inspections during this course. This course does not replace the mandatory Inspection Overview Course as cited in Saf-C 3205.03 but is designed to be used in addition to increase your knowledge and understanding during testing. Completing this course does not guarantee that you will pass the New Hampshire Motor Vehicle State Inspection Test.

This course is WIOA Approved.

NCVA159M Veterinary Assistant


with Jamie DeKraai, CVT

Calendar Next available session starts Jun 24, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

A Veterinary Assistant helps the Veterinarian or the Veterinarian Technician in their daily tasks. They may feed, water, and examine pets for signs of illness, disease, or injury; clean and disinfect cages and work areas, as well as sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. This course combines 42 hours of classroom instruction with a 24-hour volunteer experience to provide a complete learning experience. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school or equivalent. The volunteer experience component requires students to volunteer their time (24 hours). Students will be responsible for coordinating their own volunteer experience.

Veterinary Assistant training can help you make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them, Our course will prepare you for a rewarding career working as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, or other environment that requires a background in animal sciences.

Required Text: Tasks For The Veterinary Assistant 4th Edition by Teresa Sonsthagen

ISBN-13: 978-1119466826 or ISBN-10: 1119466822

This course is WIOA Approved.

* Skip: Monday, June 10th,2024

NCEL050M Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation


with Maureen Herrick

Calendar Next available session starts Aug 22, 2024 at 9 am, runs for 10 weeks

Receive instruction and extensive practice in speaking, listening and pronunciation.  Learn grammar in the context of speaking and reading.
The overall objective is for students to improve communication for work, school, and daily situations.

An ESOL assessment is not required, all levels are welcome!

Instructor-selected materials and sources will be used to teach the course. 

This course is WIOA Approved.

NCHC052M Pharmacy Technician Certification Program


with Ralph Luciano

Calendar Next session starts Aug 27, 2024 at 8 am, runs for 5 weeks

This comprehensive course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings - working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

This course is 104 hours of classroom instruction. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have completed high school or equivalent.

Though the employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 6 percent from 2022 to 2032, just above the average for all occupations, increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services in the future. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The median annual wage for pharmacy technicians was $37,790 in May 2022. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Specific Course Schedule includes the following dates 8:00 am - 3:30 pm:


Texts included with class:
Complete Review for the Pharmacy Technician 4th Edition Kristen Wiisanen (Author) APhA
ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 1582123691
ISBN-13 ‏: ‎ 978-1582123691

Complete Math Review for the Pharmacy Technician 5th Edition
ISBN-10 : ‎ 1582123144
ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1582123141

About the instructor:
Ralph graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 1981. Began his career in Independent Pharmacies, then chain pharmacy both as Pharmacy Manager then Pharmacy Supervisor.  Began practicing Managed Care as Pharmacy Manager for a large labor union health and welfare, then at the end of his pharmacy practice as Pharmacy Manager for Long Term Care Pharmacy.

Ralph is now retired but is instructing potential Certified Pharmacy Technicians. Ralph was on the Board of Directors for the Boston Druggists Association from 2008-2018 as well as a long-time member. Ralph also served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association from 2009-2018 Ralph was also a preceptor and adjunct instructor for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University and actively involved with their alumni association.

This course is WIOA Approved.


NCAH57M Audio Engineering


with Bob Desmarais

Calendar Next available session starts Sep 7, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 4 weeks
1 additional session on Oct 19, 2024

Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Using Modern Digital Technology! Designed for digital audio beginners & intermediates who want to improve their home recording skills or even open their own project studio someday, this 4-week course focuses on using modern technology to make great-sounding recordings. Taught at the NHTunes recording studio in Manchester’s Millyard, students will study audio engineering fundamentals, as well as technology-specific audio applications. To gain 'real-world' experience in audio engineering, students will participate in actual mixing and mastering sessions.

What You'll Learn

  • The basic concepts of digital audio recording.
  • How to use digital audio software sequencers and plug-ins.
  • The principals of, and gain proficiency in mixing and mastering audio.
  • How to facilitate productive recording sessions.
  • To identify & understand the key areas of the audio signal chain: room, sound source, microphone, preamp, converter, monitors.

Bob Desmarais owns and runs NHTunes, a 1,800+ sq ft studio in the Waumbec Mill which specializes in audio recording and piano, voice, and guitar lessons. A member of the Audio Engineering Society, Bob has been playing guitar professionally for nearly thirty years, and has been recording bands and soloists for nearly a decade. He currently performs in the acoustic duo Sonic Boomers. He has an MBA from SNHU, and a Guitar Certificate from Berklee College of Music.

Required Text: Home Recording: Need-To-Know Essentials To Improve Your Mixes by Robert A. Desmarais (ISBN-10: 1516864476 | ISBN-13: 978-1516864478)

This course is WIOA Approved.

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