ROCHESTER — For the third straight year, a select group of Spaulding High School students completed the Friday’s at Frisbie Medical Mentoring program. The program is a collaboration between the hospital and Spaulding High School and Richard W. Createau Technical Center.
The program spanned eight weeks and consisted of junior and senior students learning about the various medical professions in the hospital every other Friday morning, with a before-school start time for these dedicated students. Working in conjunction with Jo-Ann Vatcher, RN BSN MSN-Director of Education at Frisbie, is Dean Graziano, Extended Learning coordinator for Rochester.
ROCHESTER — The message was clear from the beginning — realize and seek opportunities!
The 4th annual ELO Career Assistance Workshop opened with a message from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Zach Williams, special assistant for projects and policy to the senator, read a few lines from the senator’s welcome letter, ”... Extended Learning Opportunities are a crucial component of a modern education.”
By KIMBERLEY HAAS Union Leader Correspondent ROCHESTER — The Ridge Marketplace in Rochester has created an internship program to train local students as the shopping center develops a presence in the region. Last month, a 20,000-square-foot liquor store opened on the Route 11 property, which includes businesses developers say have the power to attract people from a distance. Market Basket, Marshalls and Petco are popular destinations for travelers who come from as far as Lake Winnipesaukee and Maine to shop. On an average Sunday afternoon, Market Basket is packed with people getting the supplies they need for the week. That kind of activity at the new development has presented a unique learning opportunity for Trevor Ballou, a senior at Spaulding High School who wanted to pursue a marketing internship. Dean Graziano, who coordinates the Extended Learning Opportunities program at the high school, said he approached Ballou and asked if he would be a project manager at The Ridge this academic year. Ballou agreed to oversee two other Spaulding High School students and an eighth grader who wanted to participate. Besides developing relationships with retail workers at The Ridge, Ballou has performed extensive research to see what community needs are by surveying all of the students at the high school, asking what kind of stores they would like to see added, how they would get to the stores and what kind of promotions and events they desired. Marge Selinger is in charge of the internship program for Waterstone Properties Group, which owns The Ridge. She said Ballou helped them reach one of their most important goals. “We wanted to keep our relationship with the local community special, productive and inclusive. Now, our center feels like home,” Selinger said. Selinger said there are opportunities for other students who want to participate in an internship with Waterstone Properties Group. They have developments in Epping, Seabrook and Portsmouth. Ballou said he would participate again “in a heartbeat.” “This is an amazing opportunity, as well as a first of its kind internship in New Hampshire, which I hope starts a trend of these new and innovative kinds of internship opportunities not only for high school students but for junior high students as well,” Ballou said. Ballou said the experience made him want to pursue marketing even more. “After high school I plan on enrolling into Southern New Hampshire University’s Bradley Honors program for business administration, but at the same time I am still keeping all my options on the table until my final choice,” Ballou said. Discussion about an internship program in Rochester started when ground was broken for The Ridge in 2015. Marketing Director Jennifer Fairfield met Graziano and began to learn more about the Extended Learning Opportunities program at Spaulding High School. Eventually, they created a photography internship so the company could get photos for the first phases of construction. In return, The Ridge provided the photography class a top-shelf camera, Graziano said. The interns working on the marketing initiative received laptops and tablets they were allowed to keep. “Our relationship is very strong, and last year I nominated Jen Fairfield for the New Hampshire Scholars champion to our program and she received the award,” Graziano said. Graziano said the Spaulding High School had more than 60 interns this year, more than 88 job shadows and 12 students who were mentored in a program with Frisbie Memorial Hospital.
ROCHESTER — Dean Graziano, Extended Learning Opportunity coordinator of Rochester Schools and author of the ELO Week proclamation, held a special luncheon Tuesday, April 3, for his strategic partners. This group meets every month in advising, shaping and providing invaluable resources between schools, businesses’ and city government.
ROCHESTER — Only a month ago, Rochester School’s Extended Learning Opportunity Coordinator Dean Graziano started to see an idea he had over a year ago come to fruition. Students from Spaulding High School/Creteau Technical Center will spend part of their senior year taking classes earning credit toward both a high school diploma and at Great Bay community College in an ACM certificate in bonding & finishing with OSHA 10 certification at the same time and at no cost to the student.
ROCHESTER — Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator Dean Graziano has secured Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature on a proclamation to declare April 2-6 as Extended Learning Opportunities Week in the state.
It is the third year Graziano has requested the proclamation which will be shared with the Extended Learning Opportunity Network, so other ELO Coordinator’s may plan events in conjunction with the week.
Extended learning, as defined by the State of New Hampshire, means “the primary acquisition of knowledge and skills through instruction or study outside of the traditional classroom methodology.” Internships, mentorships, job shadows are a few examples of how students can be self-directed learners and explore college and career readiness outside the “four walls” of the classroom.
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.
Credit: Kimberley Haas, NH Union Leader
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.
Credit: Robin DiAlmeida/Reaching Higher NH