Friday, October 28, 2016

CRTC Tidbit

crtc_WEB.pngCRTC Tidbit: One of the greatest challenges we have as a CTE Center is getting parents and guardians to think of what they know of as Vocational Centers: Article on CTE from Parenting NH Magazine

Monday, October 24, 2016


Educators Rising NH- TEACHERFEST 2016 #trickorteach

On Friday, October 21, 2016, Educators Rising NH hosted its first fall TEACHERFEST on the campus of NHTI- Concord’s Community College. Educators Rising NH was approved as an official CTSO for Teacher Education Multiple Levels programs by the NH Board of Education in June 2016. Since that approval, Educators Rising NH director, Sue Bergman and the TEACHERFEST planning board had been organizing this event. The planning board consisted of Valerie Koch- Concord Regional Technical Center, Paula Vaughn- Pinkerton Academy, Dawn Russell- Seacoast School of Technology, Stacey Libby- Rochester School District, and Cheryl Baker- Plymouth State University. Kelly Dunn, Education Department Head at NHTI- Concord’s Community College, was responsible for securing the location.
Approximately 350 Teacher Education students and teacher leaders from nine NH CTE centers attended the event. TEACHERFEST 2016 kicked off with a keynote speech by the 2016 NH Teacher of the Year, Ashley Preston. Ashley is a preschool teacher at Parker Varney School in Manchester, NH. Ashley spoke candidly about the challenges and rewards of teaching young children. After the keynote, students spent the rest of the day attending a college fair and professional workshops. The college fair featured nine NH colleges and universities that offer degrees in Education. Thirteen education professionals from throughout NH offered thirty minute workshops on such topics as Occupational Therapy, planning for college success, effective parent communication, STEM education, and connecting with students. Each student participated in three of these engaging workshops over the course of the day.
Other activities included voting for state officers, a selfie photo booth, a graffiti wall answering the question “What excites you most about becoming an educator?”, and “Education Rocks!” where students Zentangled™ (doodled) designs and words of inspiration on a rock to take home. The event concluded with donated raffle prizes, students sharing their experience attending the National Conference in Boston last June, and the announcement of the first Educators Rising NH state officers. Congratulations to Laura Seymour (CRTC)- President, Jennika Mannesto (CRTC)- Vice President, Megan Coelho (PA)- Recording Secretary, and Emily Aham (PA) and Abigail Beaudoin (PA)- Public Relations Secretaries

Monday, October 17, 2016

Career Pathways and School Counselors

Career Pathways and School Counselors

Our school counselors (along with CHS Social Worker Anna Marie DiPasquale and Principal Tom Sica) were joined by over of their 20 statewide peers on October 7th for a Career Pathways workshop at Manchester Community College.  The group toured the school, meet with professors and professional staff, engaged with a panel of executives from NH Restaurant and Lodging, Associated Building Contractors, Advanced Manufacturing and NH Automobile Dealers.  Lastly the group had the chance to hear from Ross Gittell, the Chancellor of the Community College System.

Career Pathways is a national initiative focused merging student’s career ambitions with logical and efficient educational models.  Economically, the State of NH is desperate to fill many quality jobs that require certificates and Associate’s Degrees.  These jobs pay well and put young workers on well-paying career tracks that involve large amount of up-front and continuing education (provided in most cases at almost no cost to workers).  High schools have historically struggled to understand and promote these pathways.  Changing this approach is the focus of current efforts.

Elements of Career Pathways reflect in a national initiative called Purpose First which is part of the Complete College for America initiative.  This initiative looks at what is working and what is not, to promote a new approach to better fuse educational routes and the workforce.  Purpose First is self described as,  “The initiative, funded by a $1.5 million grant from USA Funds, will enable students to pursue their college goals with a strong sense of purpose and increased motivation, enhanced confidence that a chosen program of study matches academic and personal strengths, and a clear understanding of future career opportunities.”

Next week I will be traveling to Washington D.C. to pitch the NH Story to JPMorgan Chase for the New Skills for Youth Grant.  If we win, NH would receive $2M to promote career pathways; in that case our efforts on October 7th becomes a small piece of the foundation to a much larger statewide Career Pathways movement.  More to come.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Open Salon October 12, 4:30-6:30

Dear Friends & Family:
Our future professionals would like to offer you an evening of Glamour and Glitz:

Wednesday, October 12th 4:30-6:30
at the Crimson Creations Salon
located in the Student Center
at Concord High School
During this time, the seniors will be providing the following hair and nail salon services.  
Prices for Each Salon Service:
Scalp Massage $7.00
Braiding $7.00 & up
Blow-dry $11.00
Curl/Flat Iron $11.00
Manicure $13.00
Polish Change $7.00
Nail Art $7.00
Paraffin Hand Dip $7.00
Basic Blunt Cut $13.00
Shampoo and Conditioning $3.00
We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions please email us at

Ms. Kimberly & Cosmetology Class