White Mountains Community College says it's expanded its Academic Center in North Conway to provide more educational offerings to students.
A new lab will allow the college to offer life sciences classes and launch a veterinary assistant program. The expanded center will provide access to an autoclave, centrifuge and other scientific instruments.
Melanie Robbins is Director of Academic Centers for the school. She says the college has seen a slight decline in enrollment, but the vet class at the new location is at capacity with 16 students.
"In talking to the veterinarians in the area, there was a need for qualified workers,” Robbins says. “We responded to it and created the program and the students came."
Robbins attributes the overall decline in student headcount to the strength of the economy. When there's low unemployment, people are less-likely to look for re-training, she says.