A Great Day for Great Bay


On Thursday, July 11th, 2013 Great Bay Community College (GBCC) held a Grand Opening for it’s second campus located in the Lilac City Mall Plaza in Rochester. Attendees included Governor Maggie Hassan, business leaders from Albany Engineered Composites and Safran, GBCC President Will Arvelo, Rochester Mayor TJ Jean, as well as countless other community members, prospective students, GBCC teachers and staff, and local government officials.

This new facility, titled the Advanced Technology & Academic Center, offers 17,000 square feet of classroom, computer, academic support and technology laboratories. The majority of classes offered at this Rochester Campus are focused on advanced manufacturing.  Certification in these areas could prove extremely useful for graduates with Albany Engineered Composites and Safran’s fall announcement to expand their operations in Rochester adjacent to their current location.

In her speech Governor Hassan remarked on Great Bay Community College’s new facility as well as the presence of Albany Engineered Composites and Safran in the region stating “I understand the importance of your work to develop the pipeline of skilled workers that will help New Hampshire’s existing companies grow, attract new innovative businesses, and create the good jobs that will lift all of our people and define the economy of the future.”

The kick-off which also included remarks from GBCC president Will Arvelo, Rochester Mayor TJ Jean, Community College System of New Hampshire Chancellor Ross Gittell, and current GBCC students taking classes at the new Advanced Technology and Academic Center, was well received by all attendees. This mission to educate and prepare citizens for the workforce in the region showcases the great work that Great Bay Community College has done, as well as the commitment from other companies such as Albany Engineered Composites and Safran to further encourage an educated workforce, and jobs to support economic development in the region. The speeches were followed by self-guided tours though the new campus, as well as explanations of courses and machinery. SRPC, along with many others in Rochester, the Region, and the State, are very excited for this new facility and are glad to welcome Great Bay Community College to the City of Rochester.