DERRY — The Upper Room, a Family Resource Center, begins a Work Ready NH course at its facility on Tsienneto Road.

The course, in partnership with the Community College System and NH Works, begins Jan. 29 and is for any worker 18 years of age and older who is just entering, has taken time off, wants to re-enter the work force or just wants to buff up their employment savvy and find that ideal job or apprenticeship.  

“We are very happy to be able to start this program here in Derry, as it offers people in this region an opportunity to gain the skills and not have to travel to Manchester to do it.” said Brenda Guggisberg, executive director of The Upper Room. “This program is in line with our mission of self-sufficiency, along with our schools and economic development missions of having a prepared and strong work force, and they have been at the table helping push this along with us to make this a reality.”

Attendees will achieve a National Career readiness certificate and a Work Ready NH certificate that can be looked at very favorably by hiring employees as it assures that this employee has gone through the rigor of updating their skills and talents for the current work force.

To register or for more information call Chloe at 603-437-8477 x 18, or Donna Curtin at 603-206-8180.

This is a free program for the entire Southern New Hampshire region and the first class is  limited to 15 attendees. Future classes are planned throughout the year with a goal of four sessions to be offered in 2020.

“We could not be happier to be offering something that meets a community need, fully supported by Work Ready NH” Guggisberg said. “For so many young adults the next step may not be college it may be work, apprenticeship, or exploration and this program will connect both young workers and seasoned workers who are seeking updated employment skills to gain them right here.”

An onsite registration is set for Jan. 22, 3:30 p.m. at the Upper Room, 36 Tsienneto Road. Classes begin Jan. 29 and run Wednesdays 3:30 to 7 p.m., and Thursday, 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. for eight weeks. To learn more about The Upper Room, visit

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