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Keene State College Partners with New Hampshire Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Service

October 20, 2011

**Prepares Next Generation of Workers; Region's Businesses to Benefit with Skilled Candidates**

Keene, NH, October 20, 2011: Keene State College today announces its new partnership with the New Hampshire Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) consultation program.

As part of the federal OSHA and through its partnership with Keene State College, the group provides free, confidential initial consultations to New Hampshire businesses to ensure they are operating a safe and productive work environment.

By partnering with Keene State College, the consultancy will continue to provide critical services, with the additional involvement of students and faculty from Keene State's Safety Studies and Occupational Health program.

Federal funding of more than $400,000 will be provided to Keene State from the US Department of Labor to support the delivery of services in partnership with Keene State College.

"Keene State College is a force in occupational safety and health, providing undergraduate and graduate education, OSHA training to our six-state region, and now consulting services for the state of New Hampshire," said President of Keene State College, Helen Giles-Gee.

"Keene State is committed to serving our students, the state of New Hampshire and the New England region. The college is investing in this field to build a skilled and adaptable workforce for the manufacturing industry, which will help our state, and ultimately, our country, to compete on the world stage."

With this announcement, Keene State College now houses the OSHA consultation service for New Hampshire. Since 1994, through a cooperative agreement between Keene State College and the U.S.

Department of Labor OSHA, Keene State has directed an OSHA Training Institute Education Center in Manchester, NH. Over the past six years, the college has expanded its impact by establishing a network of 18 OSHA training centers throughout the New England region.

"I look forward to seeing students gain new perspectives and skills from this new partnership. It is one example of how Keene State continues to expand in important ways to provide more opportunities for our students.

New England businesses will benefit, and at the same time, we are achieving the most important goal of all: students charting their own paths to successful careers," said Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies at Keene State College, Melinda Treadwell.