FILE - NH Chris Sununu 6-18-2019

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu reviews passed legislation in his office June 18, 2019.

Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an agreement with state education officials to establish the New Hampshire Career Academy.

The program is designed to help participants simultaneously earn high school diplomas and college degrees.

Sununu emphasized the need for the New Hampshire Career Academy (NHCA) in his inaugural address earlier this year.

He was joined at a news conference by Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut and Ross Gittell, the chancellor of the state’s community college system, to formally announce plans for it.

A news release from the DOE said that the program would be available to high school seniors in New Hampshire and that an industry to higher education partner would be required.

The NHCA model is a Spaulding High School program started last year by Dean Graziano, the extended learning opportunity coordinator for the Rochester School District.

After high school in the morning, afternoon classes take place across the street at Great Bay Community College at no cost to the students’ families. Upon completion, participants earn guaranteed job interviews in their field of study.

“This initiative is an exciting huge step for our state,” Sununu said in a news release. “Through the Career Academy Program, New Hampshire students will now be able to get their high school diploma and an associates degree at no additional cost to the student or taxpayer, and a guaranteed job interview – a win-win for everyone.”