Community Connected Learning Opportunities

Running Start

LRCC’s Running Start program offers New Hampshire high school students the opportunity to take college courses at their high school at a reduced tuition rate. Courses taught through the Running Start program are LRCC courses taught at the student’s high school by credentialed high school teachers as part of their daily class schedule. Each high school instructor is paired with a LRCC faculty partner to ensure that the course material aligns with the course being taught at LRCC. 


Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (VLACS) is New Hampshire based virtual school available for high school students to earn high school and college credits, explore an interest, or earn an industry recognized micro-credential.


eStart is an online dual credit program that enables high school students to take community college courses for dual high school AND college credit. Courses offered through the eStart program are 100% online college courses.

Extended Learning Opportunity

The Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Program is designed to provide students with choices about their high school education and receive credit based on their interests. Projects can include, but are not limited to: private instruction, apprenticeships, community service, online courses, internships, performing groups and independent study. Students will work with a teacher or a community/business partner (if applicable) to complete the study. More information about the ELO options please see your ELO Coordinator.  The ELO program allows students to explore their passions and interests for high school credit. Fueled by student interest and inquiry, the program offers real world learning opportunities in unconventional settings. In essence – the student creates a course and designs the curriculum with the help of teachers. ELOs may be designed to fill both core and elective credit. Student achievement is predicated upon engagement in comprehensive research, mindful reflection, innovative projects, and/or a public presentation or a demonstration of knowledge gained during the experience. 

Lakes Region Community College Dual Enrollment

LRCC’s Early College program allows current New Hampshire high school students to take college classes taught by LRCC faculty on our campus at a discounted tuition rate (50% of the NH resident tuition rate!).  Students get to experience a real college course on a college campus, and interact with other college students and faculty. Many students take part in LRCC’s Early College program to complete general education courses typically required of first-year college students. Students also have the opportunity to explore courses in programs that may be of interest to them. All LRCC pre-requisites must be met prior to enrollment.

For more information, contact the LRCC Admissions office at (603) 524-3207.

Winnisquam Agricultural Center

The Winnisquam Agriculture Center serves students from WRHS as well as Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Interlakes, Laconia and Merrimack Valley high schools. Our classes offer students the opportunity to learn about our world's food, fiber and natural resource systems. The program provides:  

  • Practical application of academic concepts

  • Instruction using equipment standard to the industry

  • Exposure to the numerous career options in agriculture

  • Assistance in making college and career choices

  • Leadership development through participation in the country's premier agricultural youth organization

  • Development of skills vital to success in any place of employment

  • Authentic connections to the community

HUOT Technical Center

The Huot Technical Center, a regional program for students at Laconia, Gilford, Belmont, Inter-Lakes, Franklin and Winnisquam Regional High Schools, provides career and technical education programs that offer:

  • New and different learning experiences which combine theory with hands-on learning.

  • An opportunity to experience a variety of career choices.

  • Instruction using up-to-date equipment and technology.

  • The opportunity to develop positive work habits such as self-discipline, responsibility, self-esteem and teamwork.

  • Connections to post-secondary schools for advanced placement

  • Opportunities to participate in field sites and internships.

Post-secondary options are currently available in all programs. HTC programs are open to students in grades 11 and 12.