ROCHESTER - Great Bay Community College is partnering with Spaulding High School in Rochester to fill industry demand for advanced manufacturing workers.
Debra Mattson, who is the director of the Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester, and Spaulding's Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Dean Graziano began meeting with industry leaders a year ago to discuss bringing in a dozen seniors. They plan to start the program this fall.
"We're committed to filling the needs employers are experiencing right now, and that's a challenge because of the low unemployment rate," Mattson said.
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As part of their Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs), two Spaulding High School seniors were able to pursue their passions outside of the school’s walls while earning high school credit. George Farrow III toured the country as an audio engineer with a professional production company, and Riley Cosgrove worked with Rochester Governor Caroline McCarley on a number of civic issues.
Farrow traveled the country with touring stage troupe PerSeverance Productions in December. Farrow served as the live audio engineer and assisted with lighting and video production during the group’s 28-show, 29-day tour of an original production of “A Christmas Carol.”
In addition to being a full-time student, Farrow already works 40 to 70 hours a week as an audio engineer. The 17 year old also recently became the youngest teacher in New Hampshire history when he taught an intensive two-week live audio production class at Somersworth’s career technology center. He’s received national press for the high-tech, charity-focused haunted house he operated for eight years at his home, and he’s also known throughout the area for his professional-level theater and audio productions.
Despite that lengthy experience in the field, Farrow said Friday that putting his knowledge and skills to the test during a chaotic and challenging tour was invaluable.
“It helped me figure out this is what I want to do with my life,” said Farrow, who also officially unveiled to school administrators Friday a new national wireless microphone rental business he’ll launch with a colleague in the near future. “There are some things you can’t do in a classroom.”
Farrow’s out-of-state ELO was the first of its kind and was structured unlike any existing ELO programs Spaulding could find while administrators researched and approved the project, according to school officials.
While Cosgrove’s program didn’t make history like Farrow’s, officials came away Friday equally impressed by Cosgrove, who said he’s focused on making history of his own.
Cosgrove interned with McCarley and assisted with a variety of civic efforts, including ones that assisted the growing homeless population in the region. Cosgrove said his internship cemented his desire to devote his career to serving Rochester.
The senior plans to use the knowledge gained of municipal government during his ELO to prepare him for degrees in law and political science, in addition to his planned pursuit of a seat in the New Hampshire House of Representatives while he’s in college.
Cosgrove said he also plans to eventually run for local political office, starting with a seat on the School Board and working his way to the mayor’s office, because he believes “the more time we give” to help a community, the more a community will benefit. He said that point was illustrated to him numerous times throughout his internship which McCarley, which he initially started over the summer without the intention of seeking school credit or an ELO.
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ROCHESTER — A dozen students from Spaulding High School will spend part of their senior year taking classes for high school and college credit at Great Bay Community College’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center in Rochester.
After a careful selection process, including placement testing, students will be registered for classes in the Advanced Composite Certificate program. Beginning in the fall, they will take classes at Spaulding in the morning, and be on campus at Great Bay in Rochester from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, from September through April.
“The last two months they will take the final course for the certificate at the high school, so will finish at the same time as the high school calendar year,” said Debra Mattson, director of the Advanced Technology & Academic Center. “Students will be earning both high school and college credits. Once they are able to demonstrate high school completion, they will matriculate into the ACM program and receive their college certificate.”
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ROCHESTER — Two standout Spaulding High School seniors showcased Friday the special extended learning opportunities they say have prepared them well as they look ahead to their professional careers.
The school’s extended learning opportunity program allows students to acquire special skills and knowledge outside of the classroom while receiving credit for their work. As the culmination of their respective internships, George Farrow III and Riley Cosgrove presented their work during a special showcase Friday at the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, doing so to much fanfare and praise from school and district administrators.
“The program is a great addition to the technology center’s offerings,” said Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley, one of several officials who came away impressed with Farrow and Cosgrove’s work Friday.