Tuesday, February 13, 2018


The CRTC toured over 850 students from nine different schools during its two Preview Days last week. This was our most ever. We value providing potential students every possible piece of information about the CRTC and their chosen career so they can make the best decision. Given that:

  • If a student missed the tour, they should come down to the CRTC Office to seek an alternative.
  • We hold four classroom visitation days on February 13, 15, 19, and 21. Students can sit in their class of choice and be like a "regular" student. Visits can be booked through the CRTC Office.
  • We have two Parent/Guardian Open House Nights on February 15 & 20. Parents will get a short introduction from Director Steve Rothenberg and then go visit the programs of their choice for 15 minute segments.
  • Lastly, our teachers are available to meet and chat about any questions parents or students may have.

Completed applications are due to school counselors by February 23. Our website has an extensive session for prospective students and families. Feel free to contact the CRTC Office with any questions.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

February Is CTE Month

Time to Sign up for Next Year

By CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg

Over the past month and into February, the CRTC is in high gear to help students explore and potentially sign up for the CRTC for the 2018/19 school year.  The process is outlined on our website and it specifically invo

lves an application that is due before February Break.  Our main target audience is current sophomores, but some freshman and juniors do apply and are accepted.  Major dates:
February 6 and 7: Program Preview Days  Students come to visit our programs during their school day for a couple of hours. They visit their top two programs of choice to get a genuine experience of what the class is like. Students also attend a short assembly.  Students who expressed interest will get a formal invitation in one of their regular classes beforehand.

February 15 and 20 at 6:30 PM: Parent/Guardian Open House Nights Parents/guardians are invited to come for an evening to learn more about the opportunities the CRTC can offer their students. The night begins with a short presentation by Director Steve Rothenberg and then parents will be able to pick the top three programs they would like to visit for 15 minutes each.

February 13, 15, 19 and 20: Classroom Visitations  Students who would like to get a better feeling of the CRTC are welcome to come back for a full 90 minute class visit to get a better feel of what the class is like.

Our job, during this window, is to provide students and parent/guardians every possible ounce of information to help them make the best choice.  Our teachers offer their time during this window to meet one on one to further assist.  Ultimately our focus is to help students develop themselves so they are prepared to stand out to colleges, industry, military, and funders.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


By CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg

We are very pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for all CHS students interested in careers involving professional acting.

Starting this spring, we are extending our Theater Tech program to also include a full acting pathway.  The overall program name is now CRTC Theater Arts.  This was part of our design from the start, but we started with tech side (stagecraft) first.

Students interested in the acting pathway have the opportunity, during period 1 or 2 in Semester II (starting in January) to try out this new program. We seek a small group of students eager to be pioneers.  Student should see their school counselor or stop by the CRTC office for more info.  Our application is available online at theCRTC.net

Next year Theater Arts will offer year-long pathways in either acting or theater tech.  Students can start as early as sophomores (or as late as seniors - doing one year only) and plan two years of either pathway, or one of each.  An intensive internship / ELO could be a target for senior year.

We are also pleased to announce a tentative agreement to make the acting pathway a dual enrollment course where students also earn college credits.

We are beyond proud to employ Mr. Klose as our Theater Arts teacher.  He is very excited to open this career door for students and add to the excitement already started with Theater Tech.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Girl Scouts From Across the Region Attend CRTC Equity Event

Almost 60 Girl Scouts from across southern New Hampshire came to the CRTC on Saturday to earn their Woodworker, Car Care or Entertainment Technology badges as part of a CRTC Equity event aimed at introducing more girls to STEM opportunities.

CRTC Construction Trades, Automotive Technology and Computer Engineering programs coordinated with the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains to organize this event that drew Girl Scout Troops from as far away as Exeter, NH. Carrie Green, the Regional Director of Girl Leadership Experience praised the event saying that the partnership with the CRTC helps to promote the STEM focus that is becoming a hallmark of the modern Girl Scout organization.

“We are so grateful that the CRTC has given these girls this kind of opportunity,” she said. “This is a wonderful partnership that I’m hoping can continue beyond this event.”

Twenty-seven fourth and fifth grade girls worked with Computer Engineering teacher Lisa Marcou, learning some basic computer skills to build game apps and develop simple computer animation sequences. Construction Trades teacher John Hubbard hosted sixteen sixth, seventh and eighth graders in his program, where they spent the morning building bird houses. And Automotive Technology teacher Scott Mayotte spent the morning teaching a dozen ninth and tenth graders how to check tire pressures and engine fluids, research automobile performance and safety rankings, and change flat tires.

The CRTC is continually looking for ways to attract nontraditional by gender students to its programs in order to ensure both student diversity and equal access to the multiple career fields students prepare for here. Events such as this Girl Scout badge workshop help to both engage younger girls in STEM-related career activities and expose them to the career pathway opportunities available at high school CTE programs across the state.

CRTC Programs Take Students Beyond the Classroom to Explore College and Careers

CRTC Programs Take Students Beyond the Classroom to Explore College and Careers
By CRTC Equity Coordinator David Moore

One of the advantages of a CRTC education is the opportunities students have to get out of the classrooms to meet industry professionals and explore different college and career environments.  Last week students from four CRTC programs took daylong field trips to a variety of locations from a wastewater treatment plant to a state university theater workshop event.

Auto Technology teachers Scott Mayotte and Jesse Gregoire took nearly 100 students to the Auto Technology College and Career Fair at Nashua Community College last Thursday.  The event, cosponsored by the New Hampshire Auto Dealers Association, featured both a question and answer session with a panel of NH Community College System and automobile industry representatives, and a series of hands-on booth activities that included a motorcycle riding simulator and a collision repair paint booth.  “The kids were really engaged in the event and asked a lot of questions,” said Auto Tech teacher Jesse Gregoire. “This kind of college and industry connection activity helps the students to map out the pathway to where they want to go in this industry.”

Students from the Computer Engineering program toured the Prototek Manufacturing Company in Contoocook on Thursday.  Prototek is a 46,000 square foot high tech CNC machining facility that features automated, state of the art welders and milling machines to produce a variety of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, copper, and brass parts for a variety of uses.  “Trips like this give me the opportunity to show students that the programming skills they are learning in my program have global application in a variety of industrial settings,” said Lisa Marcou, who runs the CRTC Computer Engineering Program. “What these kinds of field trips really do is set students up for success by exposing them to a wider world before they leave high school.”

The Construction Trades program spent two days last week touring both the Concord Water Treatment Plant and its wastewater treatment plant. “Most kids come into this program thinking about building a house,” said John Hubbard, Construction Trades teacher. “What we’re trying to do is expand their knowledge about the construction industry so that they have the experience to broaden their worldview to consider the variety of careers available to them in this industry.”

Fifteen students from the Theater Technology class traveled to Plymouth State University last Friday to attend a series of theater-related workshops sponsored by the NH Educational Theatre Guild.  Students spent the day learning about lighting, stage management, theater makeup, and a variety of skills featured in the more than 25 workshops held that day.  “By exposing students to these snippets of the industry, we are helping them to better understand and experience the variety of career choices available to them,” said Clint Klose, Theater Technology & Design teacher. “Our goal is to take the lessons beyond the classroom so that students make better choices when they graduate.”

CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg said that field trips such as these are essential to the Career Pathways approach used at the CRTC.  They introduce our students to industry and postsecondary worlds, providing the most authentic experiences to help students refine their own personal college and career vision.