Belmont High School Counselor Recognized
Julie Haubrich, School Counselor at Belmont High School, has been honored by Governor Chris Sununu and New Hampshire’s Community Colleges for her outstanding support of the Running Start program at Lakes Region Community College. Each year the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) recognizes high school partners for their work in supporting the Running Start program, which enables high school students to take courses at their school for high school and college credit, offering cost-savings and a head start on college coursework.
“Running Start is an essential resource to ensuring that New Hampshire high school students are able to get a jump start on their college educations at an affordable cost,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “On behalf of all Granite Staters, I thank and commend those educators who go above and beyond to provide our students with the opportunity to access such a valuable resource.”
This year Haubrich coordinated offering 14 classes for college credit, which resulted in 80 students enrolling and earning 250 college credits through the Running Start program. “I am really proud of our little school,” said Haubrich. “We were able to offer a lot of opportunities to our students, and are looking to expand even more. Our students and staff are really invested in this program.” Wayne Fraser, LRCC’s Running Start Coordinator added, “I have been impressed with Julie’s efforts. She goes above and beyond to make sure her students have every opportunity to better themselves.” Haubrich has been at Belmont High School for seven years, and has been with the Belmont School District for a total of seventeen years. She resides in Loudon.
Since 1999 the Running Start Program has enabled students from participating high schools to take college colleges at a reduced rate while completing the requirements for high school graduation. Students receive both high school and college credit for their work. These opportunities would not be possible without the support of high schools teachers, administrators and staff working closely with the community colleges in the state. For that reason, each community college nominates one partner annually who is recognized for his or her work supporting Running Start.
Lakes Region Community College offers more than 40 educational programs, as well as workforce training for business and industry. Additionally, LRCC provides housing options for students, and has transfer agreements with many four-year colleges throughout the region, allowing students to begin their education at an affordable community college, with many transfer options to four-year schools. Lakes Region Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire.