Friday, October 27, 2017

CRTC ‘All Girls Garage’ Teaches the Basics and Highlights Auto Industry Opportunities

CRTC ‘All Girls Garage’ Teaches the Basics and Highlights Auto Industry Opportunities

Concord High School girls can learn the auto maintenance basics from how to change a tire to how to tell when the check engine light means serious trouble at the Concord Regional Technical Center’s.“All Girls Garage.”

This hands-on after school program is co-sponsored by the 21st Century Community Learning Center and will run weekly on Wednesdays from October 11 through November 15. Classes are held from 3:15 to 4:45 pm, and are being taught by CRTC graduate Abby McIntosh, an auto technician at Banks Chevrolet.

Students can sign up for one or more of these classes through the 21C after school program, and there will be a 12 student limit for each class. Classes will be held in the CRTC Auto Technology classroom, and dates and subjects include:
  • October 11: Checking fluids and changing oil
  • October 18: How can I tell if I need brakes? Measuring pads and inspecting rotors
  • October 25: What the letters on the side of my tire mean. Buying tires and changing flats
  • November 1: Check engine light is on … Easy fix or serious problem?
  • November 8: How to buy a used car without getting burned: Used car buying checklist
  • November 11: Field trip to Banks Chevrolet

“The goal of these classes is to both help these girls to become more knowledgeable about the cars they’ll be owning and driving, and to expose them to careers in the auto industry,” said Scott Mayotte, CRTC Auto Technology Teacher.

Friday, September 22, 2017

CRTC Highlights of the Summer New Teachers

CRTC Highlights of the Summer
New Teachers

The CRTC is constantly changing and evolving, and we like it that way!  We welcome two new teachers and two industry specialists to our 2017/2018 staff.

Gail Beaudoin, Criminal Justice:  Gail joins Ellen Arcieri as our Criminal Justice team.  Gail recently retired, after over 30 years of service, from the Chelmsford Police Department.  She rose through the ranks to become a lieutenant.  Gail also has taught Criminal Justice courses at UMass-Lowell for over 10 years.

Jesse Gregoire, Auto Tech:  Jesse joins Scott Mayotte to make up our Auto Tech team.  Jesse has an extensive background in both auto tech and the trades (he is master electrician).  Throughout his entire career, he had a vision to become a teacher and give back.  On the side, he also coaches mites hockey.

Melissa Solan, Culinary and Pastry Arts:  Melissa is employed as a baking and pastry industry specialist.  She will be working with Chef Bob Mcintosh to provide students authentic experience in this field.  She has an extensive baking and confectionery background, including working at Van Otis in Manchester.  She also is currently employed as a baker.  She is a former CTE student and has a vision to be a full-time teacher.

· Jason (Jay) Smith, Auto Tech:  Jay owned an automotive service shop in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, NY, for 25 years.  He has done it all in the industry and wants to give back.  He joins Phillip Bill as our other auto tech workforce specialist.  Our students will benefit from the approximately 80 years of industry experience Jay and Phil bring to the table (above and beyond our two teachers: Mr. Mayotte and Mr. Gregoire).  Jay is also an aviation instructor.

Next week I will explain some new equipment we’ve invested in, including 10 welding stations shared by Auto Tech and Construction Trades.

Don't Pack a Lunch we Have You Covered!

Crimson Cafe Open 9/26-9/27 11-1:05

Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Grilled chicken with buffalo sauce and ranch, with lettuce and tomatoes in a white wrap.

Caesar Salad with Bacon
Crisp romaine lettuce with caesar dressing, topped with croutons, parmesan cheese, and bacon.

Apple Tart
Buttery tart shell, filled with sweetened fresh cut apples, topped with a homemade cinnamon streusel.


Soda/ Bottled Water


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CRTC Openings

The CRTC has over 620 students enrolled, 380 of which are new.  We still have ten level-one seats available for the right candidates.  These include:

· Auto Tech (2)
· Computer Engineering (2)
· Construction Trades (2)
· Cosmetology (1)
· Graphic Design and Creative Media (1)
· Teacher Preparation (2)

Please contact our office at or 717-7654 to learn more.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CRTC Comp Night Celebration

CRTC Comp Night Celebration
Next Wednesday Evening May 31, 2017

CRTC’s Comp Night takes place on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:00 PM in the CHS Gym.  This night celebrates our students who met competency requirements and completed two years with the CRTC.

Comp Night is the CRTC’s version of a graduation ceremony.  The event does not quite feel like a formal graduation though.  It has a different kind of high energy to it, including some terrific student speakers.  Student participants must arrive by 5:30 PM.

Monday, May 8, 2017

CRTC Dessert Night to Welcome and Celebrate New 2017/18 Students

CRTC Dessert Night to Welcome and Celebrate New 2017/18 Students

Our new student welcome event, Dessert Night, will be held May 10 at 6:30 PM (to 8 pm) in the CHS cafeteria.  Students and their parent/guardians are invited.  We have a general welcome talk, then the bulk of the time is spent in each programs’ classrooms to review happenings for next year, including how to prepare.  This event is well attended by all new students and their families.  It is a great chance to see new programs up close.  (Note - Teacher Prep students meet at Abbot-Downing)