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Student Update: From Community College to a Four-year Degree

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

In this week’s first segment, we meet Shain Eighmey, a graduate of the biotechnology program at Great Bay Community College (GBCC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shain is a great example of how a community college degree can give students a head start to a four-year degree; he’s currently finishing up his bachelor’s in microbiology at the University of New Hampshire.
“What I learned in the two-year program at Great Bay Community College really gave me a great head start at UNH,” Shain told us when we checked in for an update this week. “My credits all transferred, and I found that I had a much better understanding of biology and biochemistry than many of the other students I was taking classes with at UNH.”
Shain thinks GBCC’s hands-on approach has given him a leg up on his fellow UNH students. “I spent a great deal of my time at GBCC in the labs, working with real lab equipment using real lab techniques, and that’s an advantage that has really done great things for me,” he said.
His community college education has also helped Shain in the classroom, as he learned in his virology class his very first day at UNH: “The professor asked the class to describe the difference between transcription and translation, and the first few students who answered the question were incorrect! I was very surprised, as this was something that we had gone over in great detail in the Biotechnology classes at GBCC.”
Shain’s the rare student who knew in high school what he wanted to do for a career, but he says he’s been guided by some simple advice that he received from his grandparents. “Do what interests you,” he advises other students. “Studying, working, and paying attention in a lecture is much easier when the subject matter is something you have a passion for.”
Shain is planning on graduating from UNH this spring. He’s in the process of applying for master’s programs and other opportunities. Whatever comes next, his time at GBCC and his own work ethic have put him in a great position to succeed.

In this week’s first segment, we meet Shain Eighmey, a graduate of the biotechnology program at Great Bay Community College (GBCC) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Shain is a great example of how community colleges can help propel students towards a four-year degree; he’s currently finishing up his bachelor’s in microbiology at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

“What I learned in the two-year program at Great Bay Community College really gave me a great head start at UNH,” Shain told us when we checked in for an update this week. “My credits all transferred, and I found that I had a much better understanding of biology and biochemistry than many of the other students I was taking classes with at UNH.”

Shain thinks GBCC’s hands-on approach has given him a leg up on his fellow UNH students. “I spent a great deal of my time at GBCC in the labs, working with real lab equipment using real lab techniques, and that’s an advantage that has really done great things for me,” he said.

His community college education has also helped Shain in the classroom, as he learned in his virology class his very first day at UNH: “The professor asked the class to describe the difference between transcription and translation, and the first few students who answered the question were incorrect! I was very surprised, as this was something that we had gone over in great detail in the biotechnology classes at GBCC.”

Shain’s the rare student who knew in high school what he wanted to do for a career, but he says he’s been guided by some simple advice that he received from his grandparents: “Do what interests you. Studying, working, and paying attention in a lecture is much easier when the subject matter is something you have a passion for.”

Shain plans to graduate from UNH this spring. He’s in the process of applying for master’s programs and other opportunities. Whatever comes next, his time at GBCC and his own work ethic have put him in a great position to succeed.