ROCHESTER -- Students in the program, which begins this fall, will be able to take classes at Spaulding in the morning and earn their advanced composite manufacturing certificate during the afternoon.
Mason Taliaferro, 16, has always been interested in advanced manufacturing and says he is taking an engineering course at the high school right now.
Taliaferro said his love of building things started in a wood shop class.
Logan Goodwin, 17, and Michael Lovely, 16, both hope to use the certificate as they prepare to enter the military. Goodwin aspires to be a Naval officer one day.
PJ Perkins, 16, said traditional learning wasn’t working for him anymore.
“I just wanted to be motivated by school again,” Perkins explained Monday morning during a check presentation ceremony at Spaulding High School.
Julie Lapierre, of Rochester, is a Spaulding High School graduate who is a teacher’s aide and lab technician at Great Bay Community College. She will act as a mentor for the students and said she was in the first class of advanced manufacturing graduates from the Rochester campus.
“I think it’s fantastic because they’re going to graduate, and they can go right into the workforce,” Lapierre said.
Lapierre said in manufacturing sometimes youth is an asset.
“I really like working with the young ones because they have a different outlook on manufacturing and the lab,” Lapierre said.
The new workforce development program is the brainchild of Spaulding’s Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Dean Graziano.
He began working with GBCC leaders over a year ago to create the partnership. Graziano has also worked to secure funding for the program from local businesses so the students can obtain their certificate at no cost. The certificate program at GBCC is about $6,000.
Federal Savings Bank and Profile Bank presented Graziano with commitment checks during a special ceremony Monday morning.
Sharla Rollins, an assistant vice president of Federal Savings Bank, has been part of the extended learning opportunities strategic partner group.
“We are incredibly proud of our outstanding partnership with Rochester schools and to support these important education initiatives, driving students’ long-term success” Rollins said.
By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent
June 18. 2018
ROCHESTER —Thirteen students have been chosen to pilot the Rochester Schools/Great Bay Community College Workforce Development Program, jointly supported by both schools and the N.H. Department of Education. Through participation in this program, senior students earn credit toward both a high school diploma and an ACM certificate in bonding and finishing with OSHA 10 certification at the same time and at no cost.
Thirteen students are Aleigh Douglas, Dylan DiBernardo, Logan Goodwin, Patrick Akeley, Nate Willis, PJ Perkins, Zach Hamel, Calvin Burke, Michael Lovely, Curtis Kimball, Elena Walker, Emily Morris and Mason Taliaferro.
These students will complete an industry training program, becoming ACM certified by combining both work-based training and technical training via this program. In addition, the program helps students to transition from school to work at various local participating manufacturers through an accredited program, while exhibiting the long-range goal of the NH DOE 65/25 initiative.
65 by 25 is the goal that 65 percent of New Hampshire adults age 25 and over will have some form of post-secondary education, from certificates to advanced degrees, by 2025. Furthermore, on a regional and state level it increases workforce retention in a key sector-manufacturing.
“Rochester with its rich tradition and strong manufacturers makes perfect sense for this initiative to start here! The main goal is to allow students to begin Advanced Composites Manufacturing training, tuition free, while being a part of their secondary school education,” said Dean Graziano, ELO coordinator for Rochester Schools.
The Workforce Development Program is a collaborative effort of many school and statewide agencies. They include: Phil Przybyszewski, Workforce Solutions Project director N.H. Sector Partnerships Initiative; Debra Mattson, Advanced Technology and Academic Center director GBCC; former GBCC President Will Arvelo; Allie Joseph, executive director, MyTurn; Mike Powers, N.H. Works; Michael Hopkins, superintendent Rochester schools; Kyle Repucci, assistant superintendent Rochester schools; Pam Martin, Spaulding High deputy principal; Michele Halligan-Foley, CTE director RW Creteau; Judy Burrows, N.H. Charitable Foundation; Julian Long, community development coordinator/grants manager; Zach Williams, special assistant for Projects and Policy office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Eric Feldborg, N.H. CTE Director; and Frank Edelblut, N.H. DOE Commissioner.
“Helping prepare students to enter their career, with the skills, attitudes, and responsibility necessary to be successful in a post-secondary career path was the impetus behind the program” said Graziano. In addition, it helps students to transition from school to work through an accredited program.”
Posted Jul 2, 2018 at 1:27 PM