CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire is hoping to attract more students to its new advanced manufacturing certificate program by offering free tuition for the program’s first course.

The limited-time tuition break is part of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnerships in Education initiative, which brings together the state’s seven community colleges, manufacturers, state agencies and others to increase the state’s skilled workforce.

The certificate program focuses on science, math, composition, communication, business and computer skills. Credits that are awarded in the program are transferable between the community colleges and may later be counted toward associate degree requirements.

The first course is being offered free to up to 2,000 students.