Who We Are


The Alliance is comprised of members whorepresent K-12 education, post-secondary education, business, industry, and nonprofit sectors. We are actively working to expand membership to include students, parents, and a broad-range of community organizations to improve college and career readiness across the state. 

Read our foundational framework to learn more.


The History of The Alliance

The History of the NH Alliance for College and Career Readiness

In January of 2018, The New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness (The Alliance) was officially launched, building on the work done by the Pathways Steering Committee and incorporates the state’s goal to ensure 65 percent of adults have post-high school certification by 2025 as one of its policy metrics.

The Alliance is an independent working group building its membership to represent all aspects of K-12 education and post-secondary education and training institutions, along with the nonprofit, business and industry sectors, with the goal of college and career readiness for all students. It is unique in its vision of harnessing community-level insights, experiences, and innovations to work in concert with system-wide strategy, research, analysis, and implementation.

The Alliance has three key initiatives:

  1. We are building partnerships within communities that support local innovations that help students be college and career ready.

  2. We are creating an agenda of policy recommendations

  3. We are creating resources, lifting local stories, and making connections for our members, including best practices, data, and other materials.

Reaching Higher NH, a trusted, bipartisan education policy resource for Granite Staters, is the backbone organization for The Alliance and one of its steering committee members. The Alliance is part of the New England Alliance for College and Career Readiness, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.

The Alliance meets every third Wednesday of the month from 2:00- 4:00 pm EST. Email Nicole and let her know you are coming.
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Steering Committee

  • Evelyn Aissa, Executive Director, Reaching Higher NH

  • Sara Colson, Director, Workforce Accelerator 2025, Business and Industry Association

  • Steve Rothenberg, CTE Director, Concord Regional Technical Center

  • Donna Couture, President, Extended Learning Opportunity Network

  • Beth Doiron, Director of College Access and DoE Programs and Initiatives, Community College System of NH



  • New Hampshire Afterschool Network

  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

  • New Hampshire Learning Initiative

  • New Hampshire Automobile Dealers Association

  • New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation

  • Keene State College

  • Laconia School District

  • Saint Anselm’s Access Academy

  • Careers CLiC

  • Business and Industry Association

  • Pinkerton Academy

  • Computer Science 4 NH (CS4NH)

  • Concord Regional Technical High School

  • Salem Regional Technical High School

  • Granite State Independent Living

  • NH Sector Partnerships Initiatives

  • Extended Learning Opportunity Network

  • NH Directors of School Counselors

  • Community College System of New Hampshire

  • University System of New Hampshire



Jessica Rodriguez Boudreau, Director, NHACCR

Nicole Heimarck 

Director of the NH Alliance for College & Career Readiness

Email: nicole@reachinghighernh.org

Nicole currently serves as the Director of NH's Alliance for College and Career Readiness. Heimarck, who has extensive experience as a leader in educational policy, brings with her proven success implementing large-scale education transformations through national, state and local collaborations.

A resident of Amherst, NH Heimarck was the director of governmental services at the NH School Board’s Association prior to joining the Alliance. Her previous roles include serving as the bureau administrator, education preparation for the NH Department of Education and as director of curriculum and professional development for SAU 39, Amherst, Mont Vernon and Souhegan school districts.

Heimarck was a talented and gifted resource specialist, K-12 teacher for the Nashua School District and a social studies teacher for the Braintree South Middle School, MA, Marshfield High School, MA and Hingham High School, MA. She also served as a state consultant for National History Day, NH and as a member of the Board of Directors for National History Day, MA. Heimarck is currently a grant collaborator and board member for the UNH Teacher Quality Partnership and a board member for the Council for Teacher Education.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Stonehill College in North Easton, MA, a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from the University of New Hampshire, Durham and has her Certification as a Critical Friends Group Coach by the School Reform Initiative.