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GSC Partners to Deliver Leadership Development Programs to NH Adults


Concord, NH – Granite State College (GSC) and Bruce Mast & Associates, Inc. (BMA) have joined forces to provide empowering hands-on leadership development programs to businesses and their employees statewide.

BMA's proprietary 5-session Stepping Up To Leadership® program and the 10-session Leadership On The Line® program are each custom-tailored to New Hampshire's business community. It is the Stepping Up To Leadership® program that will be offered first at Granite State College campuses in Rochester, Conway and Claremont this spring and summer, with more programs and campuses added in the Fall of 2011.

Stepping Up To Leadership® offers employers and current business leaders compelling perspectives and insights into the kinds of leadership roles – and the leaders needed to fill them – necessary to ensure the further growth and success of their businesses. Meanwhile, individuals identified as emerging leaders garner a fundamental understanding of leadership and its impact, both personal and from an organizational perspective, as well as an understanding of the basic tools of leadership.

Granite State College and Bruce Mast & Associates, Inc. serve a common constituency (the businesses in the State of New Hampshire) and share a common commitment to assist those businesses in building effective leaders.

"What is truly exciting about this partnership is the opportunity to provide a new learning venue for those advancing in their field – acquiring real world leadership skills within a coaching environment," said Tessa McDonnell, Dean of Students and External Management at Granite State College. "It's a pleasure to work in collaboration with Bruce Mast & Associates, Inc. to expand our educational offerings."

Granite State College began as The College for Lifelong Learning and has a well-established reputation for providing highly relevant and accessible programs to adult learners across the state. The College continues its focus on assisting adult learners in validating and informing their tacit knowledge and building workplace-relevant knowledge, which improves the prospects of the student by improving their value to current or potential employers.

Similarly, BMA has served the overall business community through a commitment to create and deliver leadership development programs that incorporate a deep understanding of how organizations function and inform, and that validate and inspire participants to engage and contribute at a higher level in their respective workplaces.

"Through the Stepping Up To Leadership® program, we will help organizations match their organizational needs with an individual's abilities," explained John Ford, principal of Bruce Mast & Associates, Inc. "This is a two-step process, involving both the organization and the individual. The result is greater capacity for individuals and a stronger, focused path for growth for the organization."

Stepping Up To Leadership® will appear at three GSC campuses and will be delivered in 5 four-hour sessions:

  • Rochester, NH Campus: Every other Tuesday morning, 12:30 to 4:30, starting on May 17
  • Conway, NH Campus: Every other Friday morning, 8:30 to 12:30, starting on April 8
  • Claremont, NH Campus: Every Friday morning, 8:30 – to 12:30, starting July 15
    (Note: This program will be a summer intensive running over 5 weeks.)

For more information about the program or to sign up, visit and click on the Register Now button. The Stepping Up To Leadership Program® is $1,000 per person and the Leadership On The Line® is priced at $2,195 for the 10-session program. To discuss future sessions, call the Granite State College Office of External Engagement at 603-513-1308.

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.