Friday, February 21, 2014

Order Your Shed Today!

Construction Technology students are now taking orders for 8 ft by 12 ft sheds. All sheds have a pressure treated floor frame , 7 ft walls, and a gable roof. Sheds may be covered with vinyl or wood siding, 3 tab or architectural roof shingles. All sheds include a 4 ft door opening with double doors that open out. Students will install windows purchased by the owner. Prices for shed range from $1300 to $1450 depending the materials chosen by the purchaser. Delivery of shed may be done by the purchaser or by an independent towing company set up by Mr Hubbard. Delivery cost depends on the sheds ultimate destination in miles from CRTC.
For more information contact John Hubbard

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fire Science Clips

Please enjoy these short clips of our fire science students rescuing a downed firefighter and forcible entry during their practicals on Wednesday.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Search & Rescue!

The subject for the last two weeks in fire science was search and rescue. Students were in the classroom learning the tactics and about the gear for the first part of the week. Last Friday they were able to gear up and begin implementing what they learned in the classroom while going through a practical. 

Using tools and communication the kids were able to find downed victims and learn the layout for self extrication as well as victim rescue. They became more familiar with their gear and learned more about re servicing air tanks and rehab when it comes to firefighter safety.

Using the old pre school to set up scenarios we put them to the test. Unlike Friday when they did their first round of practicals with a clear mask on, they would now be challenged to do the procedures they had been working on with wax paper covering the fronts of their masks to simulate smoke. They found using the tactics they had learned became even more important because they did not have their clear site to help them. Staying together with the buddy system and navigating through to find victims proved to be more of a challenge then expected but they were able to get through it and did a great job. 

For more photos of the students in action check out our Facebook page!

Game Of The Day!

Jules Townsend a junior in Teacher Preparation program created a math game using the TinyTap App on the iPad. You can play the game by going to the TinyTap App ( and searching for “I Love Trains”. His game was featured by the TinyTap Company as game of the day because of its high quality. Last Friday Jules was the guest teacher in a Kindergarten class. He taught the students how to use the app and played a round with them. The game focuses on counting, colors, letters, visual discrimination, and receptive language. It was designed for preschool children ages 3-5. This is a big accomplishment and we here at the CRTC are very proud. Keep up the great work Jules!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Culinary Arts Spin On Chopped!

Earlier this week, our Culinary Arts Chef Mac was hosted the local American Culinary Federation chapter meeting for Professional Chefs of NH. Each week a different member has the honor of hosting the meeting. The meeting is a combination Business Meeting, Educational and/or Community Service component, and of course, a dinner! 

Our Culinary Arts students were teamed up with professional chefs to create a "Chopped" style dinner preparation. For the foodies reading this, I am sure you have heard of the Food Network's hit show "Chopped". For those of you not so familiar here is all you need to know:

Chopped is a cooking competition show that is all about skill, speed and ingenuity. Each week, four chefs compete before a panel of expert judges and turn baskets of mystery ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. Course by course, the chefs will be "chopped" from the competition until only one winner remains. The challenge? They have seconds to plan and 30 minutes to cook an amazing course with the basket of mystery ingredients given to them moments before the clock starts ticking! And the pressure doesn't stop there. Once they've completed their dish, they've got to survive the Chopping Block where our three judges are waiting to be wowed and not shy about voicing their culinary criticisms! Our host, Ted Allen, leads this high-energy, high-pressure show that will have viewers rooting for a winner and cheering for the losers. Chopped is a game of passion, expertise and skill — and in the end, only one chef will survive the Chopping Block. Who will make the cut? The answer is on Chopped!

Each of our teams got a random selection of a course for the meal and a food bag with "unusual' ingredients that had to be used in their course. Example: the salad course had to use guava paste. Learn more about this strange ingredient here.

I popped into the kitchen mid way through the challenge and the teamwork I saw was incredible; the action level was on over drive, and the learning was in full swing it was wonderful to take in.

The final menu was miso soup with pepitas, pickled veggie salad wrapped in rice papers, carrot slaw with guava/citrus dressing, coffee-crusted smoked roast pork loin with ginger snap bbq sauce, marinated chicken breast with sun dried tomato pistachio alfredo, roasted assorted root veggies and spaghetti squash, mushroom tomato risotto and phyllo crusted tarts with a strawberry pop tart pastry cream filling. 

Needless to say, this was a great challenge for our students and they learned how to handle a random item and make it work creatively with the dish!

Tours Are Here!

This week kicked off our first week of tours here at the CRTC. Through out the next 2 weeks we will have 8 schools touring our programs. Today we had over 100 students from Merrimack Valley touring. Here are a few photos we captured!