White Mountains Community College (WMCC) in New Hampshire faces a challenge common to many rural community colleges: It has a large service area—in this case, more than 3,000 square miles—and is located hours from the nearest metropolitan city.
Given its remote location, the college has had to think creatively about how to support local businesses and employers in its service area. That need became even greater a few years ago, when jobs at local paper mills began gradually disappearing.
Members of the local community were in desperate need of new employment opportunities, but the closest city center was miles away. A physical building wasn’t enough to attract promising new businesses or potential employers to campus.