Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Quarter 1 CRTC Director's List & Honor Roll

Image result for honor rollCRTC Quarter One Director's List & Honor Roll

Below is a link to our CRTC students who made the Director's List (92% and higher) and Honor Roll ( 87%-91%).
Keep up the great work we are proud of you!

Please note there are two tabs on this sheet labeled with the grouping.

Quarter One: Director's List / Honor Roll

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.

All Girls Garage

On Wednesday, six Concord High School girls visited Banks Chevrolet in Concord as part of the CRTC's / 21 C six-week All Girls Garage after school program. Female students participating in the field trip met and spoke with a variety of industry female mentors from auto techs and service writers to front end managers. All Girls Garage ran weekly from October 11 through November 15, and students learned the auto maintenance basics from how to change their oil to important items to check when buying a used car. 

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 info@thecrtc.net 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)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Computer Engineering Robot Art

Your Online Vote Could Help the CRTC Computer Engineering Program Win $100,000

Your online vote can play a big part in helping the CRTC Computer Engineering student teams win a share of $100,000 in prizes in the RoboArt contest!  

Thirty-eight schools and research teams from around the world worked this past year to build robots that can paint a work of art. This year there are 198 submissions, eight of which were created by CRTC Computer Engineering students. We’re hoping you’ll view and vote on the CRTC art until May 10, as public voting will have a major impact on which teams will win. So long as you have a Facebook page, you are eligible to vote – so get your friends, classmates, parents and neighbors involved today!

The CRTC student teams are among a handful of high school teams competing against schools like MIT, WPI and Columbia University, so your votes are crucial if they are to make it into the prize money. All you have to do is sign in now and start voting!  RoboArt will give you 20 “tokens” that you’ll use to vote on the CRTC Computer Engineering B and C block student entries. Winners announced on May 15th.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Enrollment Status for 2017/2018

All letters are being released on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  
  • Year one letters for CHS students will be available in their Commons by lunchtime.
  • Year one letters for sending schools are being delivered to each school Wednesday morning  by bus for distribution in the next stretch.
  • Year two letters, for students currently enrolled, are distributed in each CRTC classroom.
Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.  

2017/18 CRTC Status Letters on Wednesday

2017/18 CRTC Status Letters on Wednesday
By CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg

Current CRTC students, as well as new students who applied to the CRTC, will be notified of their status for next year on Wednesday.  Current CRTC students will receive letters in their class and new students should go to their Commons to pick up their letters.  Please contact the CRTC Office with questions.

First year admission is guided by a number of items including the application (with essay), recommendations, grades, attendance, and discipline.  Students are rated on the past performance, as well as their professional outlook for the future.  This was one of our strongest years ever for requests, so many students are on our wait list.  We do not let students know where they are specifically on the list, but urge them to focus on doing well, as openings do become available.

Second year admission is guided by our SPUR process. At the core of SPUR is every student meeting privately with his or her teacher to review their performance for 15 minutes at the end of each quarter (three times already this year).  At these meetings, students provide data on their hard and soft skills performance and make their case for a particular performance rating.  Teachers also provide essential actionable feedback.  Goals are set for the future.

A handful of students are placed on the status of conditional acceptance.  This means that we have saved a spot for them, but they need to meet with us immediately to make an improvement plan to be in effect from now until early June.  To enroll, the student must make some headway on the performance goals that were set in the contract.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Enjoy a Night for Yourself!

Our Future Professionals would like to invite you to an
evening of pampering your feet and more on:
April 19th
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
at the Crimson Creations Salon
located in the Student Center
at Concord High School

Enjoy one of our many services such as a facial, manicure, haircut,
scalp massage, waxing,
a paraffin hand dip or
Cuccio (Gel Nails)

We look forward to seeing you!

Ms. Kimberly & the Cosmetology Class

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Student Spotlight: Sarah Irving, CRTC Cosmetology Program

Student_Spotlight_Sarah_Irving.pngIf you ask Sarah Irving what she likes best about the CRTC Cosmetology Program, the Merrimack Valley senior will likely say it’s the friendships she’s formed over the past two years by working and learning beside a group of students who all share the same interests. “By spending so much time together working towards the same goals, you end up creating the kind of bond that you know you can depend on one another,” she said. “You really end up becoming a kind of family.” (She even confided that the students like to call the teacher, Ms. Kimberly, “mom”) Sarah grew up interested in hair, makeup and style in general, often experimenting with her friends to create “that look.” She also had an older sister who went through the CRTC Teacher Prep program, and so when she was a sophomore in high school she knew she wanted to enter the Cosmetology program here. “This program has exceeded my expectations,” she said. “I didn’t realize just how many things I’d be learning to do in this class.” Sara’s favorite activity is participating in SkillsUSA, which is a national partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives that offer local, state and national programs and competitions aimed at promoting technical skill development and career readiness. Sarah has been a state SkillsUSA officer for the past two years, and recently won gold in the state competition. The next stop is the national competition in Louisville, Ky, in June. This means a lot to me because SkillsUSA has been a big part of my life for the past two years,” Sarah said. “Competing nationally means the chance for big scholarships, opportunities, and meeting new people from around the country.” However, in order to compete, Sarah will first have to raise close to $1,000 toward travel, food and lodging expenses. To help her close the financial gap, Sarah has started a GoFundMe page in hopes of getting some help, and says she’d appreciate any donation that helps her to make this opportunity a reality. “Sarah was extremely professional at the state SkillsUSA competition,” said Kimberly Hannon, who teaches the Cosmetology program at CRTC. “She’s one of my hardest working students, and she always puts a lot of positive energy into whatever she does.” In the classroom, Sarah is a real team player, Ms Kimberly added. “She works well with everybody I pair her up with, and she always approaches challenges with a ‘can do’ attitude.”
Sarah is still unsure what she will do after graduation, but wherever she’s headed, she says the career readiness skills she’s learned at the CRTC are sure to help her get there.
“The best thing about the CRTC is that you learn some real skills, you learn how to act professionally, and you learn how to have fun doing it.”

Director Spotlight: CTE Competitions Report

27 March 2017
CTE Competitions Report
By CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg

Over the past few weeks, CRTC students from many of our programs have competed in statewide competitions.  It’s been an energizing ride with students pushing themselves to strive for professional excellence.  We’ve done well!

This past Saturday, our Teacher Prep students competed against 85 or so other students from seven different high schools at the Educators Rising Competition.  Our students excelled and placed: Children’s Literature K-3 (1st), Creative Lecture, Ethical Dilemma and Impromptu Lesson (1st).  

CRTC students also competed statewide at SkillsUSA NH events in Cosmetology, Construction Trades, Culinary Arts, Automotive Technology, and Graphic Design; at HOSA competitions in Health Science; and at Prostart Culinary Competitions.  About 12 CRTC students will be traveling to Orlando, Louisville, or Phoenix in late June to compete nationally, two will also go as statewide officers, and two teachers will go as state advisors.  These organizations, Educators Rising, SkillsUSA, ProStart, and HOSA are considered CTSO’s - Career and Technical Student Organizations.  They are national organizations with state chapters and essential components of the overall CTE experience.

In addition to CTSO’s, there is First Robotics, an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience.  A handful of our Computer Engineering/IT students were members of the larger CHS student team in the First Robotics Competition at Bedford High School, also on Saturday.  The team is particularly strong this year and expectations to reach the regional championship is particularly high.  The energy in the packed Bedford High gym was crazed, including a large Concord contingent.  Our team consists of a pit crew, drivers, and more.  The pride of our robot is a rigged device call a gypsy that lifted the entire robot up a rope.

Lastly, if you’re interested in seeing the scope of these competitions and the type of feedback received by students, check out this video

(turn the volume up) of professional chefs giving feedback to our ProStart competitors.  It’s as authentic as it gets!

We congratulate all students who competed and wish everyone the best as competitions continue.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Student Spotlight: Danielle Baker CRTC Health Science Program

Student Spotlight: Danielle Baker CRTC Health Science Program

Danielle_HS_Student_Spotlight.pngDanielle Baker’s mother is a nurse, and so she pretty much grew up being exposed to the world of health care. So when it came time to choose a career pathway, Danielle, a senior at Merrimack Valley High School, immediately knew that she wanted to apply for the CRTC Health Science program.

“I’ve always been around the medical aspect of things and I just kind of fell in love with it,” Danielle said. “So when I heard about the Health Science program at the CRTC it sounded like a really good way to go.”

Last year, Danielle was part of a CRTC Health Science team that scored first in the state HOSA future health care professionals Forensic Medicine competition, and she went on to Nashville, Tenn, to compete in the national HOSA competition there. “It was an amazing experience,” she said. “It was a great place to network and to meet a lot of people who have the same interests and ambitions as you do.”

Danielle plans to go on to a career in emergency medicine. She currently volunteers with the Penacook Rescue Squad, and is working on her Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) certifications, which she should have before she graduates.

“Danielle’s persistent drive to succeed and learn makes her an exceptional student,” said CRTC Health Science teacher Sharon Bean. “Danielle never takes the path of least resistance … she is always looking for opportunities to learn.”

Danielle demonstrates leadership skills by presenting herself in a professional manner, whether in class, competitions, or group activities, Mrs. Bean said. Danielle is vice president of the senior class HOSA chapter, and she often is called upon to lead and participate in group activities such as the recent CRTC Preview Day tours, she added.

“The best thing about having Danielle as a student is her consistent positive attitude, which she brings with her into the classroom every day,” Mrs. Bean said. “She is wise beyond her years as far as maturity goes.”

After graduation, Danielle plans to attend college and pursue a nursing degree with the goal of becoming a registered nurse specializing in emergency medicine. She added that she will put the LNA certification she’ll earn at the CRTC to good use, gaining experience by working part time and summers in hospitals or medical offices throughout her college years.

“It’s a terrific program with lots of great opportunities,” Danielle said of the CRTC Health Science program. “It’s a great way to get immersed in the health science field, network with people, and figure out which jobs in the medical field you do or don’t want to pursue.”

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

CRTC Teacher Goes Back to School

CRTC Teacher Goes Back to School So He Can Offer More to His Students

As a longtime teacher of the CRTC Construction Technology program, John Hubbard is used to being the oldest person in the classroom. However, these days John is having to get used to a whole new kind of experience, that of being the oldest student in the classroom.

In the past eighteen months, John has taken two welding courses and one plumbing course, and currently is enrolled in an introductory electrician class at the New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades. He’s learning all these new skills as part of an ambitious plan to enhance his residential-construction-based program by adding basic welding, plumbing, electrical and masonry skill training to the mix.

“Most of the students in these classes I’m attending are not much older than the kids graduating out of my program,” John said. “They look at me as someone at the end of his career and wonder why I’m here. But once I explain to them that I’m taking these classes to upgrade my program, they think it’s really cool and say they wished they had that kind of program when they were in high school”

Each course John takes meets for three hours, twice a week, for thirty weeks, so they represent a significant investment in time and effort on his part. But he says that the payoff for putting in the extra time is that he will be able to make some meaningful changes to his program that will significantly improve both its value to his students and its relevance to today’s job market.

According to the US Department of Labor, the construction industry is facing a severe labor shortage, as the workforce is aging and fewer younger workers are stepping up to replace them. While these statistics are a concern for employers, they represent a significant opportunity for high school CTE students being trained in the building trades.

The CRTC recognizes these trends, and this school year has expanded the Construction Technology program content to train students for careers in a wider variety of the industry’s most marketable skill sets. The newly renamed CRTC Construction Trades program eventually will include sections in:
  • Welding
  • Masonry
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Building Construction

Each of these instructional sections is being developed with the help and guidance of many industry partners, and will focus on the essential basic skills students will need to find good-paying jobs and apprenticeships after graduation. In addition, by moving toward making Construction Trades a three-year experience for a greater number of students, the program will create even more opportunities.

“We’re looking to get more kids to enter the class as sophomores so that in their senior year we can get them involved in incredible off site opportunities like working as an apprentice or taking a class at Manchester Community College,” John said.

And, of course, none of it would be possible without John’s commitment to improve his skills so that he can pass that knowledge along to his students.

“The goal here is to open up many more career pathways for these students,” John said. “I’m looking forward to fully implementing these changes in the program and to exposing the kids to more opportunity.”

Thursday, February 16, 2017

CRTC Student Spotlight!

Alex Love is CRTC Criminal Justice Student Of The Month

Alex_Love_CJSOM.pngAlex Love credits her interest in the CRTC Criminal Justice program to her grandparents. The Junior from John Stark Regional High School said she grew up watching television crime shows with her grandmother, trying to figure out all the clues that led to the bad guys, and that her grandfather was interested in forensic science and would set up his microscope with different slides each day and challenge her to figure out what she was looking at.

“Forensics and police tactics have always fascinated me,” she said. “So I came to this class to explore my options for the criminal justice field.”

Alex first learned about the Criminal Justice program by attending a CRTC recruitment assembly in her sophomore year, and she wrote about her experiences with her grandparents when filling out the essay portion of her application.

While her initial interests were in forensic science, Alex said that the CRTC Criminal Justice class has exposed her to the many options available to somebody going into this profession. “Ever since I’ve been here I’ve learned a lot of things about possible criminal justice career fields that I never even knew existed,” she said.

Criminal Justice teacher Ellen Arcieri said that Alex is a hardworking, reliable and enthusiastic student that’s not afraid to help out or take on something new. Recently, during the CRTC Preview Days, Alex was a class representative, leading classroom projects for visiting students interested in the Criminal Justice program. When the snow day prevented some student representatives from showing up, Alex was one of three who stepped up to take on the extra work.

“I don’t know what I would have done without Alex the the other two students,” Ms. Arcieri said. “When I give her a task she steps up to take on that role … I think she should be recognized for that.”

Although Alex plans to go on to a career in the criminal justice field, she hasn’t yet determined just what that job will be. “But whatever profession I’m going into,” she said, “I won’t let anything get in my way that will keep me from doing what I love.”

IMPORTANT CRTC Application Deadline Reminder


CRTC applications are due to school counselors by the Friday before February vacation 2/24.  Feel free to contact our office or visit the CRTC website for more information.  We are happy to meet, talk with and assist all parents and students in any manner.

CRTC Office Phone: 603.717.7654
CRTC Office e-mail: info@thecrtc.net

Freshman and Careers (A New Kind of Senior Year?)

Freshman and Careers (A New Kind of Senior Year?)

By CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg

Last Tuesday the CTRC hosted a short assembly for freshman.  The goal was to begin some dialogue on career pathways and to make students aware of opportunities in the CRTC.  The CRTC mostly serves juniors and seniors, but every year we do accept a few sophomores.

A few of our programs, including Construction Trades, Culinary & Pastry Arts, and Teacher Preparation, are exploring three year models for a handful of students.  Students would start as sophomores, complete the core two years, and then, if they choose, design a personalized third (senior) CRTC year (some student may also choose to finish their two CRTC years and stop there).

Much has been written on a national level about how the current senior year model, for many students, is not connected to a student's chosen transitional goals and therefore is not relevant enough.  The year becomes a task and many students lose educational momentum.

A new senior year model could involve an intensive internship in the field.  It also could involve taking our personalized English class (Career Communications CRTC) where students work on career-based writing, communication and presentation skills with all projects completed in the context of their specific CRTC career pathway.  Students may also consider taking a CCSNH course to form a high school - college hybrid year.  Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO’s) are also in the mix.

This new mix of proposed experiences provides some energy around “what could be.”  But we know at this time, that there is probably only a handful of students who see this as appealing or as potentially part of their plan.  Extensive career planning is not deeply embedded in our high school culture at this time.  Regardless, these structures are a beginning.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss this further.

Parent/Guardian Open House this Wednesday 1/25 6 pm at CHS

23 January 2017
Parent/Guardian Open House this Wednesday 6 pm at CHS
By CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg

We hold our annual CRTC Parent/Guardian Open House this Wednesday, from 6:00-7:30 PM starting in the Concord High School McAuliffe Auditorium.  This event provides parents/guardians an opportunity to gain an overview of the CRTC, meet teachers, and tour facilities.  Students are welcome to join us, but the focus for this event is on helping parents/guardians better understand our strategic approach to college and career readiness through the career pathway model.
 This is our stretch to actively communicate with students about opportunities available at the CRTC.  Sophomores in all nine of the high schools we serve have already received an overview presentation this month (soon a similar presentation will be provided to freshman).  At these large events, current students spoke about their CRTC experience; we also reviewed our 2017 program brochure and website.

 Over the next few weeks, we will have a presence in school cafeterias to answer student questions, but our next big event for potential students is CRTC Preview Days on February 3 and 7.  Students actively participate in two distinct programs of their choice on one of these two days.  In mid-February students also will have the opportunity to sit in on classes like a regular student to gain even more perspective.

 Our stated organizational vision is to leverage the CRTC experience, including the recruitment process, to further educate and empower students to take charge of planning their personal pathway to college and career readiness.

Real Stories of Figuring It Out

Alumni Assembly - Real Stories of Figuring It Out
By CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg
The CRTC hosted its annual “Alumni Return to CRTC Day” Assembly for all CRTC students last Tuesday, where our graduates who have been out of high school for one to six years, came back to candidly share their post-secondary education, work, and personal stories.  I am always most impressed with how well our graduates manage all aspects of their educational, professional, and social lives.  Many are in school, do one or two jobs, volunteer, and also maintain other responsibilities - it’s a bit overwhelming (and grossly inspiring) - to just hear them explain it.

If you had any doubt that young people somehow don’t work hard or are only looking for the easiest route to take - then I urge you to watch the broadcast of this assembly.  It will quickly change your thinking.  Hopefully my reflections below does the same.

One young lady who completed our Auto Tech program last year is currently working in the service department at Banks GM and also is a full-time student at Manchester Community College.  She shared that she attended regular classes on campus from September through November.  After that, her program switched gears so that now she is engaging in a co-op (aka paid internship) at Banks GM where she trains under their most senior mechanics.  She is working about 60 hours per week.  And while it is a lot of work, she told students that she loves every minute of it.

Similarly, a Cosmetology student from last year talked about waiting to start school until the beginning of November so she could make some extra money, which allowed her to get an apartment, and to be able to afford the tuition at Michael’s School of Hair Design.  She explained that a typical day for her involves attending classes from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM and then working from 5:00-10:30 PM.  She was excited because she has earned the opportunity to work in the school’s salon.  Finally, to top it off, she has taken a job on Sundays working from 4:00 AM to noon.  She exuded pride in her accomplishments (and is thankful for Sunday afternoons and evenings!).

Overwhelmingly, alumni students explained that their social lives have changed - now taking a back seat to work and school (study group) activities - a natural “no-big-deal” shift given the demands of their busy schedules they said.

Three Health Science students shared their stories.  One college junior explained that three days per week she has classes at St. Anselm College, and on two days she has eight-hour nursing clinicals at the Catholic Medical Center.  She also is a dorm RA, which saves her about $20K per year in college costs.  Health Science students also shared that they are making $14-$21 per hour working on the side as an LNA (a license earned at the CRTC).

One Graphic Arts student candidly shared the tribulations she went through to transfer from one college to another (something she never expected to occur).  She urged the audience to do more research on their choice of college prior to making a choice.  She now is at Keene State College and doing well.  This student also shared that she has earned a graphic design internship with the Franco-American Society this summer.

Another Graphic Arts student, who graduated six years ago, told how she completed two years at NHTI without debt and then transferred to commute to SNHU to earn her bachelor’s degree.  Her total college debt?  $6,000!  SNHU took every credit from NHTI.  She also shared how she got her new dream job working for a design company focused on designing signage and millwork for the new Boston Produce Market.  It came about because she volunteered to help that company layout and design their catalog; the quality of her work turned a volunteer opportunity into a high paying full-time professional job.

A 2014 Culinary Arts student reflected on earning his associate’s degree at New England Culinary Institute.  He now is working as a chef doing all restaurant food prep for the four ‘Ollie and Me’ Cafes on the Seacoast.  He was clearly ready to get out of school (“I’m not a school person - is that OK to say?”).  He also shared that he just started paying off his $162 per month college loan (in addition to a car loan and his apartment rent).  A Construction Tech student from last year who is now at UMaine studying engineering candidly reflected that he should have taken some harder classes in his senior year (he is behind his peers).  He also shared that his parent and grandparents have co-signed his school loans ($28K per year).  He emphasized for students that college courses translate to DOLLARS and that they need to take the whole experience very seriously.  This was an often repeated theme heard throughout the alumni assembly.

One of our best speakers from last year’s alumni assembly was a Teacher Prep student who joined the military.  She reflected on her incredible professional and personal growth, including taking a significant number of online college classes while active military - all at no cost.
The audience was ‘keyed in’ throughout the assembly.  Every year at these alumni assemblies the room is remarkably silent with all eyes and ears focused on the stage.  Our speakers’ stories are as authentic as it gets - spoken in a tone that rings true to our current students.  The assembly empowers students to understand that they can juggle school, work, expenses, life’s curveballs, and more.  Our goal is for our students to walk out with some direction, but  more so a firm understanding that they can accomplish the same types of things because the graduates on the stage are just like they are (just a little older!).  

Lastly, the speakers gave incredible thanks for their strategic, career-focused CRTC education - all said it gave them a definite edge as they moved forward into life after high school.
Take a moment and see for yourself with a YouTube link from our website.  Please feel free to contact me with comments or questions.

CRTC Enrollment Season is here!

CRTC Enrollment Season is here!
By Director Steve Rothenberg

On Tuesday we will hold a sophomore assembly to provide some initial information about the CRTC.  Also, students will have the opportunity to explore different CRTC  offerings by participating in our Program Previews Day in early February.  Parent/Guardians can come and check us out on the evening of Wednesday, January 25th at 6 p.m. (snow date 2/1).  Our website has a tremendous amount of information on it, including videos, our brochure, applications and much more.  Our teachers also are available to talk with students and parents and to answer any questions they may have.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CRTC Student Spotlight!

February 2017

Charles Chapman CT SOM.JPGCharles Chapman felt a connection to CRTC Construction Trades program from the first time he toured the program.

“I saw the construction classroom and I loved it,” Charles said. “I’ve always liked working with my hands and I immediately saw that this was a place where I could fit in.”

Charles, a sophomore from Pittsfield High School, is halfway through his first year in the Construction Trades program, but already is looking toward the future.

“My freshman year I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” he said. “This class has really opened up the possibilities and already is helping me to mold my career plan.”

Charles likes that the class is hands on, and he likes that the program connects him with other like-minded students from different high schools. He’s eager to learn more about the construction, plumbing, electrical and welding trades, and is confident that he will graduate with a career focus and a plan.

“Charles is a great student who’s showing initiative toward planning for his future,” said John Hubbard, who runs the Construction Trades program.

And because Charles entered the program as a sophomore, he is eligible to do some exciting things in his Senior year, Mr. Hubbard said, including construction, plumbing, electrical or welding internships, and taking classes at Manchester Community College.

Charles is excited to continue with the Construction Trades program into his junior and senior years. “In this program I’m not just another high school student,” he said. “The Construction Trades program lets me stand out.”