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