Earning credit

Teacher Karen Fabianski, middle, who created the engineering curriculum at the Region 14 Applied Technology Center in Peterborough, shows the center’s CNC machine to N.H. Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut last April. Students at the center can now earn credit at Keene State.

PETERBOROUGH — Students at the Region 14 Applied Technology Center at ConVal Regional High School can now gain credit from Keene State College for courses taken at the center, the high school recently announced.

On May 2, ConVal signed an articulation agreement with the college to offer up to eight credits to any student who has completed a program through the center. According to Jennifer Kiley, the center’s director, students who enroll at Keene State College will be able to start taking advantage of the program this fall.

The credits will be valid only at Keene State.

The applied technology center serves students from ConVal and Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School District, and offers a range of career and technology education programs, including manufacturing, computer programming, fire science and graphic design.

Students will not be charged for the credits, Kiley said, and the college will evaluate courses on a case-by-case basis to determine if the credits will count as general elective credits or fulfill a more specific requirement.

“It’s exciting because it’s just the first part of our relationship with Keene State,” Kiley said. “We’re actually going to be meeting with them again next week to talk about the possibility of dual enrollment.”

In a dual enrollment program, Keene State College credits earned at the center could be transferred to another institution, she said. The Region 14 center already offers dual enrollment credit from Nashua Community College and Manchester Community College, Kiley noted.

“Prior to this, it really had been pretty much just the community college system that had been working with us for post-secondary credit,” Kiley said. “So it’s nice to see other institutions willing to partner.”

Career and technology education centers in Milford and Nashua have also entered articulation agreements with Keene State, Kiley said, and are part of discussions about dual enrollment.

Meg McIntyre can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1404, or mmcintyre@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter