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OSSIPEE — This year, more than 250 students from all over the Ossipee and greater Saco River Watershed participated in the Volunteer Biological Assessment Program, a water literacy program coordinated by Green Mountain Conservation Group through N.H. Fish and Game.
Students from Sandwich Central School, Ossipee Central School, Effingham Elementary School, Freedom Elementary School, Moultonborough Central School, The Community School in Tamworth, Madison Elementary School, the Maine Environmental Science Academy and the 4H Voyagers from Ossipee participated in the program this year.
Students from these nine local school groups will be co-presenting their water quality data and what they learned at on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Ossipee Town Hall.
CONWAY — Community members are invited to join Odissi dancer Mouli Pal for a free demonstration and discussion of the classical Indian dance form known as Odissi on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 12:30 p.m. at the Gibson Center for Senior Services at 14 Grove St. in North Conway.
Mouli performs Odissi, a graceful style that portrays moods and emotions based on music, literature, poetry and architecture, creating the effect of sculptures coming to life. He will talk briefly about Indian culture and Odissi dance and its history, demonstrate several dances and give participants a chance to try some of the intricate hand movements themselves.
"We're really excited about hosting this program," Jill Reynolds, program director at the Gibson Center, said. "It's a great opportunity to offer something really different — a chance to see and learn about an ancient art form that is completely new to us."
CONWAY — Looking to gain a competitive edge in today's job market and workplace?
A program being offered by White Mountains Community College and WorkReadyNH is designed to help participants identify and improve their workplace skills, increase marketability and obtain documented evidence of their abilities.
The class runs Oct. 19 through Nov. 5, Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Technology Village in Conway. Tuition is free, but registration is required.
Successful completion of the program leads to a National Career Readiness Certificate along with a White Mountains Community College WorkReadyNH Certificate.
According to Judy Woodward, program director for White Mountains Community College, "Classes typically include participants of all ages, education levels and employment histories. Whether someone is entering the workplace for the first time or they have worked in a field for many years, the class has something to offer."
A recent graduate said, "WorkReadyNH is not to be underestimated. This class builds confidence levels, improves communication skills and educates regarding safety and sensitivity policies in the workplace. WorkReadyNH truly helps prepare individuals for the workplace."
Another graduate said, "I have no doubt that what I learned in this course will enable me to land an amazing job." Follow-up surveys confirm that he was able to do just that, transitioning from 12 years in the culinary field into a position in finance.
"This is a common occurrence for WorkReadyNH graduates," Woodward said. "The average graduate employment rate consistently runs 80 percent or better, and more than 60 percent of those employed indicate they found work within two weeks of completing the program. I really love hearing from graduates when they tell me they have found their dream job."
In addition to participants' favorable experience in WorkReadyNH, employers are recognizing the value of hiring program graduates.
"We regularly receive requests from area employers seeking to fill open positions with top quality candidates," Woodward said. "The feedback has been great."
For more information, call (603) 342-3099 or visit www.ccsnh.edu/workreadynh.