National Technical Honor Society
Inducts 28 New Members from RVTC
The River Valley Technical Center held it's annual National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) Induction Ceremony welcoming 28 new members to it's local chapter. Students had to meet national and local standards and demonstrate scholastic achievement, skill development, leadership, honesty, responsibility, and good character. The newest members of the RVTC chapter of the National Technical Honor Society are; Damien Adams, a junior from Green Mountain Union High School enrolled in Technology Essentials; Evangelos Astalis-Gogel, a junior from Compass School, enrolled in Culinary Arts; James Beam, a senior at Springfield High School enrolled in Culinary Arts; Patience Bearse, a home schooled junior, enrolled in Culinary Arts; Thoreau Blanchard, a junior from Fall Mountain Regional High School, enrolled in Mechanical Design and Innovation; Cameron Chiesa, a junior from Springfield High School, enrolled in Business & Financial Services; Keith Corliss, a senior from Green Mountain Union High School, enrolled in Culinary Arts; Alexander DeWitt, a junior from Green Mountain Union High School, enrolled in Technology Essentials; Brennan Douglass, a junior from Bellows Falls Union High School, enrolled in Horticulture and Natural Resources; John Fish, a junior from Bellows Falls Union High School, enrolled in Carpentry; Danielle Foley, a senior from Springfield High School enrolled in Hands On Computers; Kylie Frietas, a junior from Springfield High School enrolled in Human Services; Seth Gammon, a senior in Springfield High School enrolled in Hands On Computers; Zachorie Junkins, a sophomore from Springfield High School enrolled in Mechanical Design & Innovation; Daniel LaChapelle, a sophomore from Fall Mountain Regional High School enrolled in Integrated Pre-Technical Studies; Wayna Manning, a junior from Springfield High School enrolled in Technology Essentials; Seth Matlofsky, a junior from Green Mountain Union High School enrolled in Business & Financial Services; Nathaniel Renard, a junior from Springfield High School enrolled in Industrial Trades; Heather Sanborn, a junior from Springfield High School, enrolled in Human Services; Matthew Shambno-Hitchcock, a junior from Springfield High School enrolled in Mechanical Design & Innovation; Crystal Sharpe, a senior from Springfield High School, enrolled in Human Services; Zia Stumpf, a home schooled senior, enrolled in Technology Essentials and Culinary Arts; Kathleen Szuch, a senior from Bellows Falls Unioh High School, enrolled in Culinary Arts; Meghan Thomas, a junior from Springfield High School enrolled in Health Careers; Alexander Walker, a senior from Black River High School enrolled in Carpentry; Carley Weeks, a senior from Springfield High School enrolled in Culinary Arts; Anthony Whittemore, a junior from Springfield High School, enrolled in Criminal Justice, and Lisa Wilkinson, an adult student, enrolled in Culinary Arts.
MDI Students Take Second at Dream It Do It at EASTEC
The members of the Level 2 Mechanical Design and Innovation program at River Valley Technical Center earned a second place finish at the 2013 Society of Manufacturing Engineers DREAM IT DO IT Manufacturing Student Challenge held at EASTEC, the largest manufacturing tool show on the east coast. Working in partnership with the American Precision Museum and J & L Metrology of Springfield, the students reverse engineering and completely refurbished a 1952 J and L BC-7 Optical Comparator. The machine is part of the museum's education collection and will now be an interactive part of the Working Machine Shop program at the museum. Pictured here are the students receiving their award on the EASTEC main theater stage. A big thank you goes out to Ann Lawless, Executive Director of the American Precision Museum and to Peter Klepp and the dedicated staff at J and L Metrology that worked with the class on this project.
Hands On Computers' Students Visit Red River Computer
Students from the Hands On program at RVTC visited the Red River Company where Technical Operations Director, Amanda Moore and Information Technology team members shared insights and personal career path stories during a lunch time meeting. Students also did job shadows earlier in the year. This culminating group meeting helped the students think about things to consider and possible options as they continue in their IT pathway. Armed with some great tips on subjects ranging from interview strategies, job etiquette, skills for successful collaboration and specialty fields in IT, students came away inspired and motivated. These events were coordinated by Kim Vacca, Projects, Recruiting & Quality Manager for Red River Computer Company in Claremont, NH.
Health Career Students Earn their LNA
Four Level two Health Career LNA candidates tested and passed both their written and skills exams. When their paperwork is complete, they will be officially licensed in the state of Vermont. The students are; Baylee Williams, Patricia Kendall, Olivia Bartlett or Jayna Bath. Congratulations to them!
Jayna Bath also just recently won the bronze medal in a medical math competition at the Skills USA Competition held in Burlington, Vermont.
Carpentry Students are Building Another House
They started with a materials list, then a cut list, then an organizational plan and work plan. Now Carpentry students are busy building a home that will eventually be sold on the market. This is a hands-on educational experience that gives students real world experience. Every two years the Carpentry program sells the home built by students, to the highest bidder over the cost of materials. Safe use of power tools and equipment are stressed in this tech program.
Technology Essentials Students work with Alice
Heading down the home stretch with much left to learn, the Technology Essentials students launch into Alice, a straightforward introduction to programming. Skills they have attained in the previous quarters include Photoshop for graphics and photo editing, Website development and Android app development. Tech Essentials offers a solid foundation to support students interested in graphic design, web development, game design and animation.
One day per week in the last quarter, students are doing PYP, Pursue Your Passion, in which the class is working on individual projects. Projects include Photoshop in depth, Unity for game development, Flash animation, 3D modeling and Virtual Staging. Still accepting applications for next year; see your guidance counselor today!
Welding Students Get Silver & Bronze
In the Skills USA Competition for Welding, RVTC Industrial Trades student, Ryan Bailey (L) took home a bronze medal, and Tim Hildreth (R) earned a silver medal. All welding competitors were required to submit a resume before starting the competition. The event was held at the Advanced Welding Institute, in South Burlington, VT and included a written portion, as well as FCAW, SMAW, GTAW, and OFC.
Pre-Tech Students Learn About Health Careers
Students in Pre-Tech were exposed to a host of career opportunities when Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center's Health Career Facilitator, Tammy Mellish came to engage the students in activities related to the health care industry. The Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center (SVAHEC) is one of three regional Area Health Education Centers in Vermont. These AHECs work in partnership with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health, College of Education and Social Services, and the Fletcher Allen Residency Programs.
Culinary Arts Students Compete in SkillsUSA
Five level II Culinary Arts students competed in Skills USA at New England Culinary Institute. Mariah Mason and Zia Stumpf competed in the bake shop against fourteen teams of students from around Vermont. Bakers prepared yeast dough rolls and danish, baked a pie, and frosted a cake. Keith Corliss and James Beam competed in hot foods, Students in hot foods competition had to fabricate a chicken, plan a meal and prepare a soup as well as a chicken entree´with starch and vegetable. Skills USA Culinary competition is a timed competition where chefs must plan and prepare their foods as a team. Carly Weeks competed in table service. She had to demonstrate napkin folds, chef communication, table service, including wine service, appetizer, salad, entree´ and dessert. The RVTC Culinary competitors will travel to Burlington for an awards banquet next week where they will find out their results. Of the five students, Zia Stumpf will return to RVTC's Culinary program next year. James Beam and Mariah Mason will attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, while Keith Corliss and Carly Weeks will attend New England Culinary Institute.