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Granite State College Ranks #1 in New Hampshire and #13 in U.S. for Best Colleges for Adult Learners

Granite State College has once again captured a top spot in Washington Monthly’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners. Nationwide, Granite State College ranks #13; among institutions in New Hampshire, the College has secured the #1 position.

Approximately 40 percent of college students in the U.S. are aged 25 or older, according to Washington Monthly. In 2016, this prompted the publication to launch a first-of-its-kind ranking of four-year and two-year colleges that do the best job of serving adult learners. Now in its second year, these rankings provide nontraditional students with an important resource in evaluating their college options.

“Our mission reflects a commitment to serve working adults. Granite State College’s faculty and staff create high-quality programs for our students, ensuring both flexibility and affordability, and providing support for these students to succeed. While acknowledgment from Washington Monthly is appreciated, the success of our students remains the more important measure of our work,” shared Mark Rubinstein, president of Granite State College.

According to the editors, seven metrics are analyzed to develop the Best Colleges for Adult Learners rankings: ease of transfer, flexibility of programs, services available for adult students, percent of adult students (age 25+), mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college, loan repayment rates of adult students five years after entering repayment, and tuition and fees for in-district students. To view the complete rankings, please visit Washington Monthly.

Granite State College is the largest public provider of online courses in New Hampshire. For more information, visit granite.edu.


With a focus on adult students, as well as other individuals who seek a flexible learning environment, Granite State College provides comprehensive access to higher education. This commitment to access is best illustrated through its 365/24/7 online presence and network of statewide locations. The ability for Granite State to meet students where they are presents the opportunity to achieve an affordable college education while balancing life’s other responsibilities such as work, family, and community obligations. With an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, post-baccalaureate programs for teachers, credit for prior learning, and a variety of transfer opportunities, Granite State emphasizes practical and relevant areas of study that are responsive to the workforce development needs of New Hampshire’s economy.


White Mountain Waldorf School Hires New Director of Advancement, Rose M. Heggeman


The White Mountain Waldorf School is pleased to welcome Rose Heggeman as the new Director of Advancement.  The main focus of her work will be marketing, enrollment and fundraising. Rose is a Maine native, living in Bridgton with her husband, Jim, and their two children: Alana, age 5, and Xander, age 4, both of whom are attending the school.  Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College and spent over a decade working with the senior leadership team at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine.  She is also a registered yoga teacher and holistic health coach trained through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Rose is excited be to joining the community and is looking forward to meeting all its members.

In her letter to the community, Rose expresses her enthusiasm and commitment to child development and education, as well as her passion for a Waldorf education. She explains, “Like many of you, we have joined this community because it provides a nurturing environment for child development, and a feeling of family where we can learn alongside each other, how to best cherish imagination and creativity.” Her vision for 2017 is to “discover new ways to increase engagement and provide space for members of our community to come together and strengthen our bond with each other and the greater school network of bright minds, big thinkers and problem solvers – just like our children!” The Mount Washington Valley welcomes you and thanks you for your dedication to education.

About White Mountain Waldorf School
The White Mountain Waldorf School, established  in 1985, teaches children a curriculum that balances academic, artistic, and practical life skills; fostering each child’s ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion, and act with purpose and social responsibility in the world. While the school started out as a a small nursery-kindergarten, it now enrolls preschool aged children up to 8th grade students.  The school’s mission is to instill creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

For more information about the White Mountain Waldorf School, visit www.whitemountainwaldorf.org. 

Join White Mt. Waldorf for their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The 8th grade of the White Mountain Waldorf School is excited to invite you to our one and only performance of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy A Mid Summer Night’s Dream at
Salyards Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7pm.

         What better way to pass a winter’s evening than following the antics of both the human and fairy kingdoms as they pursue love under the influence of magic potions.  Cheer for the young lovers who play6dare to flaunt harsh Athenian law and elope.  Come prepared to hoot with laughter at the atrocious ‘play within a play’ performed by the Rude Mechanicals.

         This lively performance will showcase 14 budding thespians, all students at the White Mt. Waldorf School in Albany, NH.  Adapted and directed by Caroline Nesbitt who brings her extensive Shakespearean expertise, this production culminates eight years of class plays performed together by these students, each one reflecting the curriculum taught at a specific grade.  Past highlights include Jason and the Golden Fleece in 5th grade; a mineralogy musical, The Stones Cry Out in 6th grade and Joan of Arc in 7th grade.

         Drama is recognized in Waldorf education as an important aspect of the curriculum for all students. What better way for young people to develop poise, confidence, and grace. It affords the students with the unique opportunity to strengthen who they are and to understand who they are not. A dramatic presentation also provides children the venue to make an offering to the community and to shine in their work.  For more information on Waldorf Education visit whitemountainwaldorf.org, visit us for A Walk Through the Grades, every Tuesday at 8am for a tour or call 447-3168.

         Come celebrate with us the hard work of these enthusiastic Shakespearean actors and be prepared to laugh!

Understanding the Modern Adolescent with the White Mountain Waldorf School


The White Mountain Waldorf School, will present a public lecture “Tweens and Teens”
at Salyard’s Center for The Arts, in Conway NH, on March 7th at 7:00pm.

This wide-range presentation will introduce many issues that challenge the modern-day tweenager, teenager, parent and teacher. Kim John Payne will present and explore many issues effecting young people between the ages of 10 and 18, and offer workable strategies for navigating what is one of the most difficult periods for parents, teachers and teenagers alike. Some topics include: Navigating the Squalls (the phases of adolescence and how these may be expressed and anticipated), Venus & Mars (the similarities and the differing needs of boys and girls), Coming of Age (rethinking how to help the 12-14 year old prepare for a changing world), Threshold Issues (an overview of addictive tendencies and how to meet them in creative ways) and “But they are my friends!” (the peer group and defining the roles played within it and how can adults work with the peer group and not against it).

Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a family and school counselor, adult educator, consultant and researcher for twenty seven years. He regularly givesMiss G's circle 43 key note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists as well as runs workshops and trainings around the World. In addition, he is a consultant and trainer to over 110 U.S. independent and public schools including the White Mountain Waldorf School.  In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and parents explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school. He will also address emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role that living a balanced simple life brings.

He has appeared frequently on media including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, on radio with the British Broadcast Corporation, Sirius/XM, CBC and National Public Radio NPR and in print including being features in Time Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times.

The Tweens and Teens lecture will be presented by Kim John Payne at Salyard’s Center for The Arts in Conway, on March 7, starting at 7 pm. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the White Mountain Waldorf School.

The White Mountain Waldorf School would like to especially thank The Conway Historic Society for providing Salyard’s Center for The Arts for this event.

There are many opportunities to learn more about the White Mountain Waldorf School, including A Walk Through The Grades every Tuesday at 8am, which is an observation of grades 1-8 during their main lesson. To register for these events, contact Karen Albert, Administrator 603.447.3168 or info@whitemountainwaldorf.org.

Founded in 1984, The White Mountain Waldorf School is an independent, not-for-profit, non-sectarian school providing pre-school, kindergarten and elementary education, located on 75 acres in Albany, NH just south of Conway Village.

Visit us on-line at http://www.whitemountainwaldorf.org for more information