October 4, 2016
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ICYMI: Van Ostern Campaign Unveils New TV Ad Highlighting Efforts to Cut College Costs, Strengthen New Hampshire’s Workforce
MANCHESTER, N.H. — In case you missed it, WMUR reported on a new TV ad released by Colin Van Ostern’s campaign for Governor that showcases Van Ostern’s work helping launch College for America, a non-profit, fully-accredited school at Southern New Hampshire University that’s partnered with employers to help thousands of students enroll in degree programs almost entirely debt free.
See the news report from WMUR on the ad below:
WMUR: New Van Ostern TV ad promotes job training, building workforce
CONCORD, N.H. —Democratic candidate for governor Colin Van Ostern on Wednesday will launch a new television ad that focuses on his former position as marketing director for the College for America at Southern New Hampshire University.
Van Ostern says in his third ad of the campaign — and his first of the general election — that the college is a “New Hampshire success story. According to the College for America’s website, it offers “competency-based” education at a low cost. According to Van Ostern, most students are educated “debt-free.”
The college works with employers to enroll students in certificate, associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs. Its students include working adults who are earning college degrees.
He promises that as governor, “I’ll grow the economy by cutting college costs for students and families,” resulting in a stronger workforce.
Van Ostern on Tuesday toured classrooms focusing on computer science, advanced manufacturing and robotics, and cybersecurity at Manchester Community College, speaking with instructors and students.
Later, Van Ostern told reporters that New Hampshire has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, but also “the highest cost of college in the nation.”
He said that while MCC is a success story, in general, “We need more state support for higher education, and it needs to come with real accountability standards for the first time in our state history. That means making sure that we’re measuring the debt loads students are leaving with and setting goals for how those debt loads drop.”
He also said, “We need to do a better job of having employers more directly connected to higher education statewide.”
Van Ostern called for funding for the Gateway to Work program, which would funnel unused public assistance funds to job training in order to move people onto the employment rolls.
He said the program, introduced in early 2016 by Gov. Maggie Hassan, is “stuck in politics.” Republican lawmakers have refused to pass the program this year, saying it should be fully debated as part of the next state budget.
Hassan has also said delays in the program appear to be politically-motivated.