Fred Kocher sits down with Dean Graziano, leader of the Extended Learning program at Rochester schools, Phil Przybyszewski, leader of Workforce Solutions, and Sean Clancy, Workforce Development leader at Great Bay Community College, to discuss a new workforce program for high school students
Credit: Fred Kocher, NH Business/WMUR
ROCHESTER — Spaulding High School students enrolled in a new workforce development program at Great Bay Community College’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center have everything they need to start their school year this fall, thanks to the collaborative efforts of educational partners, community businesses and organizations.
Each of the students received a new pair of steel-toed boots, required apparel to participate in the lab portion of the curriculum. The donation was made by the Timberland, and secured through the efforts of Phil Przybyszewski, workforce solutions project director with the NH Sector Partnership Initiative. Several other program supporters followed suit offering everything from funding for tuition, to tool boxes and lab supplies...
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM
ROCHESTER — Spaulding High School extended learning opportunity coordinator Dean Graziano has been nominated for the 2018-19 national LifeChanger of the Year award.
Graziano received multiple nominations from colleagues and students. He was recognized as a LifeChanger in his community for going above and beyond to help students find jobs and internships. As extended learning opportunity coordinator, he regularly hosts job fairs and invites employers, military recruiters, and community college representatives to speak with students, according Ashley Chiu of the National Life Group Foundation.
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at 9:10 AM
ROCHESTER – Great Bay Community College and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) are honored to welcome Governor Chris Sununu and the NH Executive Council to the College’s Advanced Technology & Academic Center (ATAC) at 5 Milton Road, as part of a 3-stop tour of Rochester on Wednesday, August 8. At a breakfast, the Governor will hear a presentation from workforce partners Safran Aerospace Composites and Albany Engineered Composites, and will hear about ATAC’s partnerships with Spaulding High School and the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center that provide innovative pathways for students to acquire postsecondary credentials and prepare for careers in advanced composites...
Posted Aug 7, 2018 at 12:05 PM
ROCHESTER — There’s no shortage of clichés about education and opportunity, particularly in college recruitment campaigns and idiom-riddled graduation speeches.
Forget them all, say the 13 students in a new program in Rochester. They believe their groundbreaking new program — a pilot education–work partnership between Spaulding High School, the Richard W. Creteau Regional Technology Center, Safran Aerospace Composites and Great Bay Community College — will completely blaze new paths for students unlike anyone has ever seen in New Hampshire.
“This program’s going to show us what we can do and give us options,” said Mike Lovely, 16, who will be a high school senior in the fall. “I want to see all of my options before I stick with one thing. I don’t want to end up hating my life sitting in an office. This is a wicked good opportunity for that.”
By Kyle Stucker
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at 4:53
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
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.