Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Sign Up Today for the Annual Girls Technology Day Event!

Concord High School Freshman and Sophomore girls interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) should hurry over to the CRTC Office and sign up for this year’s Girls Technology Day event. There are only 6 available seats for the March 13 event at the New Hampshire Technical Institute, and slots will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Girls Technology Day events are co-sponsored by the NH Department of Education and the Community College System of NH. Since 2013, these events have served to encourage NH’s female students to become invested in the technical fields early in their high school careers. Those attending will hear from keynote speakers and participate in technology-focused, hands-on workshops led by local educators and industry leaders. A 2016 National Center for Women in Technology Report shows that, nationwide, women are underrepresented in technology fields with only about 25 percent of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs currently being held by women.

Annual Girls Technology Day Flyer

Concord High School Automotive Technology Teacher Wins National Award

CONCORD, NH - Concord Regional Technical Center Automotive Technology teacher Scott Mayotte has been recognized as one of the top skilled trades teachers in the country in the annual Harbor Freight Tools for Schools national competition. His $30,000 prize is a split award, with $10,000 going to Mr. Mayotte and $20,000 going to his automotive program at the CRTC.
The purpose of the prize is to recognize teaching excellence in the skilled trades that enables students to “learn deeply and be career-ready,” Harbor Freight Tools said in a statement announcing the $500,000 national competition. “We define an ‘excellent’ program as one led by a teacher who clearly loves the subject matter and … whose curriculum is matched to a relevant career pathway and future work choices.”
Mr. Mayotte, who lives in Lebanon, ME, was one of ten finalist from across the country representing skilled trades such as construction, automotive, architecture, manufacturing and marine systems technology. There were three $100,000 first-place winners announced late last year, and seven second-place winners who were awarded $30,000, with awards being split between the teachers and the programs they teach.
“We are all very proud of Mr. Mayotte, and very happy of the recognition this award brings to the career pathway work we do here at the CRTC,” CRTC Director Steve Rothenberg said. “This award not only validates the investment Mr. Mayotte makes in his students and his program, but also helps to create an awareness of the way high school career and technical education programs statewide promote college and career readiness.”
After nearly two decades as an automotive technician for Volkswagen, Mr. Mayotte returned to the classroom to teach Automotive Technology at the CRTC  in 2011. His students graduate from a nationally certified program with valuable industry credentials and can earn college credit for their coursework. By cultivating relationships with 14 New Hampshire auto dealerships, Mr. Mayotte is able to both keep his program current with industry technology, and place all his senior year students into internship positions where they are able to refine their skills and develop the beginnings of a professional network.
This fall, Mayotte established the “All Girls Garage” at Concord High School to introduce more young women to the auto industry, and he works with each of his students to develop a workable college and career plan so that they leave high school knowing both where they want to go and just how to get there.
“My goal is to provide each student with the tools and support he or she needs to leave high school with a workable plan for future success,” Mr. Mayotte said.
Auto technicians in NH make on $58,000 per year on average, and there are over 400 jobs that need to be filled. The need for skilled trades professionals in the U.S. continues to grow. Between now and 2024, there will be more than 1.5 million skilled trades job openings as Baby Boomers retire, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Concord Regional Technical Center The CRTC is one of New Hampshire’s most advanced high school career and technical education centers. Opened in 1980, the CRTC serves more than 610 students from nine regional school districts. The twelve targeted Career and Technical Education programs provide students with hands-on experience in a realistic environment designed to prepare them for both college and careers. 
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