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"TDS incorporates features that enhance high-impact teaching and contribute to effective learning."

Teaching at TDS Center

The TDS Center was constructed to support learning by encouraging collaboration and providing training in actual conditions. This was achieved through the following elements:

  • Flexible floorplan arrangements and moveable furniture
  • Architectural model shop and digital prototyping lab that allow students to assess the effectiveness of their designs
  • Critique space designed to encourage the exchange of ideas with students and faculty
  • Full-scale contained environment that provides training for students in a variety of safety scenarios
  • First floor hub area that encourages inter-disciplinary collaboration through small group study, informal conversation, and gallery space

Together, the three programs that are based in the TDS Center have experienced a 33 percent enrollment growth since 2005. All of these programs contribute significantly to the development of the New Hampshire workforce.

The college’s undergraduate degree in Architecture is unique to New Hampshire’s public higher education system. Second-year Architecture students are part of the Communicorps project, working with regional not-for-profits as their clients.

The origins of the technology-based undergraduate degree program in Sustainable Product Design and Innovation reach back nearly 100 years at Keene State College. This program prepares a labor force to more than 70 manufacturing firms in the Monadnock Region alone, representing nearly 5,000 jobs or 15 percent of all jobs in the area.

Keene State College’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences are the only programs of their kind in New England. The undergraduate program graduates approximately 80 students each year.

The TDS Center is home to the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing that provides manufacturing training and experience for employees in the region.

The TDS Center is also the headquarters of WorkWise NH, a free consultation service offering expertise on workplace health and safety.

Through the college’s WorkWise NH program, Keene State serves as the OSHA consultant to small businesses in the region.

The U.S. Department of Labor has designated Keene State College as the only Occupational Health and Safety Training Institute in New England.