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