Culinary Arts Students tour Vermont Packinghouse
Knowing where your food comes from is an important aspect of preparing foods in today's restaurant industry. Culinary Arts students at the River Valley Technical Center toured the Vermont Packinghouse in North Springfield to learn about the regional meat packing plant and to see meat processing up close. Vermont Packinghouse's Meat Production Specialist, Daniel Pitiger, led the students on a tour of the facility and explained the company's mission of making meat as it ought to be. The North Springfield facility is USDA inspected, certified organic,and is 3rd party audited for safety, quality, and animal welfare. The students were engaged and interested learning about the process as an extension of the farm to table movement they are learning in their culinary lab. Vermont Packinghouse works with roughly 250 local small-scale farmers from slaughter to fabrication, to case-ready sausages and fully cooked items.
RVTC Collaboratory on display at Steampunk
The new Collabartory at the River Valley Technical Center, also known as Co-Lab, was on display at the annual Steampunk Festival at the Hartness House. Kelly Broker-Campbell, the Tech Center's makerspace coordinator, set up a booth to exhibit pieces and projects that have been created in the Co-lab using the Center's 3D printers. The Co-Lab is part of the learning lab for the Integrated Pre-technical studies program for freshman and sophomore students.
New Information Technology Instructor Kristen Wilson
With an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Education Technology, Kristen Wilson joins the faculty of the River Valley Technical Center after working for many years as a teacher at Leland and Gray high school.
2016 Cardboard Boat Race
As the first day of fall fell on the Connecticut River Valley, summer-like conditions prevailed for the annual RVTC Cardboard Boat Race. And it's a good thing because many students found themselves in the pond as their boats took on water and sunk. The 10th annual event was amped up with at the AVP program sporting the portable sound system to create a fun atmosphere. With the music cranking, teams headed off to the banks of the pond to embark on a race of speed and survival. The morning session winners were the Audio Video Production Program with the "Rice Pilaf" Boat. They beat the "X Mark" Boat from the Horticulture and Natural Resources Program.The Afternoon Session winners were the Criminal Justice Program's "Doughnut Destroyer II" Boat. They beat the "Fishy Business" Boat from the Business and Financial Services Program. This was a rematch of the Heat 5 qualifier, and one of the best races in the history of the Cardboard Boat Races at RVTC. The Titanic Awards went to the "Thing - A - Majig" Boat from Human Services Program and the "All Hands On Deck" Boat from the Information Technologies Program for the most dramatic sinking.
Welcome Guidance Counselor Nicole Rohrer
As students enter the atrium for their tech programs this fall, they'll be greeted by at least one new face. Nicole Rohrer, River Valley Technical Center's new Guidance Counselor. Ms. Rohrer who has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Education from the University of Central Florida, comes to RVTC after serving as school counselor of a large Title I school in Florida. She said she is looking forward to helping students in an environment where she can truly help make a difference in their lives. "Kids want to be here and they're earning tangible certifications. They're excited about their future opportunities." Said Rohrer. She said she is looking forward to meeting students in the morning and afternoon and will have an open door policy in her office just off the atrium.