Interim Assistant Director Hired
Derek Williams of Newbury, Vermont has been hired as the interim Assistant Director at the River Valley Technical Center. Mr. Williams comes to RVTC after having taught Agriculture and Natural Resources at the River Bend Technical Center in Bradford, Vermont. He has recently earned a Masters degree from New England University. Mr. Williams has really enjoyed getting to know the administration, faculty and finally students over the past few weeks. He enjoys meeting and greeting the tech center students as they gather in the atrium before their tech classes each day. Williams will also head up the Adult Education program at RVTC.
Industrial Trades Has a New Face
Not only will students in the Industrial Trades program have a new instructor this year, but they will also experience a new approach to the trades. Mitch Sidd, who is an artist and has 40 years of welding under his belt, will be rolling out the new trades program that will include equal amounts of time learning about plumbing, electrical and welding. Sidd comes to RVTC after a career in industry working in manufacturing, foundry, construction, welding and finally teaching. He describes himself as a people person and a hands-on guy that will help students become better problem solvers, integrate math and science into the trades and teach the students what is required in the local trades job market.
A New Instructor in Business & Financial Services
Susan Dana has taken over as the new instructor for the Business and Financial Service program. Ms. Dana is a Certified Public Accountant and owns her own firm, Susan Dana and Associates in downtown Springfield. Dana said she recalled taking her first accounting class at Springfield High School when she was in high school and that she was inspired to go into the field of accounting and or business. She's hoping to make a positive impression on her students at the River Valley Technical Center and is excited about teaching.