Granite State College’s Education and Training Partnership Director Earns Distinction
Jane Fletcher has received a 2010 Alumni Award from New England College
Concord, NH – Jane Fletcher, Director of Granite State College’s Education and Training Partnership, has been recognized by her alma mater, New England College (NEC), with an Alumni Achievement Award for her work in the field of social work.
Fletcher graduated from New England College with a BA in Psychology/Sociology and began her career in social services with the NH Division of Welfare in 1976. She earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut, while focusing her career around child welfare services. In 1995, she joined Granite State College (then known as the College for Lifelong Learning) where she was given the opportunity to partner with the New Hampshire Division for Children Youth and Families (DCYF) to develop the first statewide training program for New Hampshire foster parents.
The Education and Training Partnership was born and has since developed into three unique training programs representing approximately 65 courses and an annual statewide Foster and Adoptive Parent Conference. It provides direct support to the New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Parent Association in the form of consultation in the organizational development. It is the primary source of training for prospective foster parents seeking to be licensed in New Hampshire, as well as for licensed foster parents, adoptive parents and staff at children’s residential facilities. The Education and Training Partnership has served close to 9,000 caregiver families directly, and touched the lives of countless children and families involved with DCYF.
“Being part of such an important a pro-active and dynamic program is humbling,” said Fletcher. “I sincerely believe that our state’s children and families deserve the very best we can provide them and it’s an honor to be able to do this kind of work through a partnership between Granite State College and the Division for Children Youth and Families. I'm delighted to have been recognized by NEC where it all began for me. The inspiration has come full circle.”
Under Fletcher’s leadership, the Education and Training Partnership has been recognized by the National Staff Development and Training Association, New Hampshire Partners in Services, the New Hampshire College and University Council and the New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Parent Association.
Fletcher serves on the Advisory Council of Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire, where she also volunteers as a field instructor.
Granite State College is one of the four University System of New Hampshire institutions and serves over 3,500 students statewide and beyond. GSC proudly delivers practical and relevant education in the classroom and online, offering associate and bachelor degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teacher education and a variety of transfer opportunities. GSC is committed to empowering and educating students throughout New Hampshire.