Mount Washington College
|Mount Washington College|
|Location||Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem, Concord, & Online, New Hampshire, United States|
|Former names||Hesser College, Hesser Business College|
Mount Washington College is a for-profit college with several campuses in New Hampshire. Until 2013 it was known as Hesser College. It is owned by Kaplan, Inc. The college offers diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor degrees in various fields, including medical assistant, early childhood education, criminal justice, psychology, liberal studies, business administration, graphic design, and other programs. The college claims a flexible class scheduling system tailored to a diverse group of students. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
There are five campus locations for Mount Washington College — in Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth, Salem and Concord. In 2012, the College began offering fully online associates and bachelors degrees in business administration, criminal justice, and accounting delivered via an online learning platform called The LearningSphereTM.
Mount Washington College has a variety of programs for aspiring educators, and graduates have a high rate of employment in the industry. The location of the Manchester campus, among the Hesser Commerce Center, enables students to have exposure to local businesses and potential internships not available in other locations and in other small colleges. The college also incorporates a unique advisory program to ensure students choose appropriate fields of study based on their specific strengths.
Mount Washington College also has what is known as the "Mount Washington Commitment", an innovative program that allows prospective students to attend the college in their selected field without any tuition obligation. When the introductory period is over, students have the option to continue their studies or drop out without having to pay for classes.
Academically, Mount Washington maintains a relatively low student-faculty ratio for a college. The school has increased the fields of study it offers and encourages students to continue their education to improve their professions. Student life incorporates various student organizations. The urban setting provides numerous opportunities for student life and professional opportunities.
The eight-week semester of many courses is popular amongst the students at the college, allowing for flexibility and solid career skill foundation.
Mount Washington partners with local law enforcement agencies to sponsor the "Criminal Justice Career Preparation Day" whereupon students work with professionals in the field to learn the physical and mental expectations of the jobs, such as a police officer, forensic technician or a member of SWAT.
The college has resources for students with disabilities and has a good success rate for students with learning disabilities. In 2000 the college began offering information technology programs, and was recognized as a Microsoft Authorized Academic Training Program Institution.
The K.W.G. Memorial Library is an innovative media center that offers resources in hard copy and digital format. The library is accessible via online accounts for students and has content-specific categories available for research. Academic support services can be provided to a student via this center.
The college is involved in various charities and non-profits across the state. Each year the college hosts "Hesserpalooza", a music and art festival that raises money for organizations that support victims of domestic violence. The student radio station streams live daily without charge across the state. Recently, Hesser College has also provided school supplies to needy students. The Concord campus recently organized a drive to collect supplies for disadvantaged High School students in Concord and Franklin. The school also partners with Southern New Hampshire University to assist with providing food to needy populations in the state.
Founded as Hesser Business College in Manchester in 1900, Mount Washington College continues to follow the principle of providing individual encouragement and assistance to all students instilled by its founder, Joel H. Hesser. Hesser was a New Hampshire educator and businessman who believed in providing educational opportunities for every citizen.
Hesser College began to expand its educational services beyond the city of Manchester in 1975 when the first extension campus was opened in Nashua. In the decades that followed, additional campuses were opened in Portsmouth, Salem, and Concord.
In 2000 Hesser College celebrated its 100-year anniversary. In 2001 the college was approved by the New Hampshire Division of Higher Education to grant additional Baccalaureate degrees in Business Administration. In 2002 the school offered Bachelor of Science in Psychology degrees.
In July 2013, it was announced that Hesser College has changed its name to Mount Washington College. The college's new name also comes with new online degree options.
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