November 28, 2023

NASHUA – Nashua Community College is a Top 10 Bellwether Finalist in the category of Workforce Development for the college’s submission, “Microelectronics Boot Camp Investing in a Brighter Future,” about NCC’s Microelectronics Boot Camp — a hands-on career training program that has prepared more than 300 students for new careers since it launched in 2016. 

The Microelectronics Boot Camp celebrated its 30th graduation Nov. 16 at NCC with another 8 graduates who are ready to enter to the workforce.



This February, Nashua Community College will present with community colleges from around the U.S. in the final round of the Bellwether Award competition in San Antonio, Texas.

A total of 30 Bellwether Finalists will compete for the 2024 Bellwether Award at the 30th Annual Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA). This nationally recognized award identifies and honors community college programs in three award categories:

  • Instructional Programs and Services
  • Workforce Development, and
  • Planning, Governance, and Finance

“The ingenuity and innovation demonstrated by these community colleges make them shining examples of the solutions-focused culture prevalent in these organizations,” said Rose Martinez, Ph.D., director for the Bellwether College Consortium.

“The consortium looks forward to hosting 30 award-winning finalists at the Community College Futures Assembly.”

About the Microelectronics Boot Camp

The Microelectronics Boot Camp was developed in partnership with BAE Systems to address the shortage of skilled candidates in microelectronics manufacturing. NCC also works closely with industry partners such as Draper Labs, Microsembly, Mercury Systems, L3 Harris Technologies, API Technology, MACOM, MIT Lincoln Labs, Lockheed Martin, Monzite, and more. As a founding partner, all program graduates have the opportunity to interview with BAE Systems.

Boot Camp students have ranged in age from recent high school graduates to professionals in their 60s, including veterans and workers from other industries seeking a career change. Students are frequently supported by community partners including WIOA, the Front Door Agency, and MY TURN, INC. Alumni also return to mentor each new generation of students both on campus and in the workplace.

Microelectronics Boot Camps enroll throughout the year. Sessions are 10 weeks at 40 hours per week. To learn more, contact Jon Mason at [email protected], or 603.578.8900 x1763.

About Nashua Community College

Since 1970, Nashua Community College has been successfully meeting the educational needs of Greater Nashua by delivering a high quality two-year, post-secondary education. The college partners closely with area industries that provide students with a unique perspective in their fields of study, allowing for a real-world experience to further their academic journey. Students can choose from a variety of associate degree, certificate, and career training programs. Nashua Community College is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors.  Learn more at