Hannaford Career Center Newsletter

May 2021

LGBTQ Day of Silence

What is the Day of Silence?

“The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking, ending the day with Breaking the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences during the protest and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive.” (https://www.glsen.org/day-of-silence)


Thank you to the Sexuality & Gender Acceptance Club (SAGA) and all the other supporters of days of silence on April 27 & 30 (two days were held because of hybrid learning and different cohorts).

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Addison Repertory Theatre Presents:

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play will be presented LIVE! May 13-15 and May 20-22 at 6:45 each night. Tickets must be reserved in advance; audiences will be limited in size and socially distanced. There will be no charge for tickets, but donations are encouraged. The performance will happen outside behind the career center near the greenhouse. Please park in the parking lot and walk around to the back of the building.


Set in the near future after a cataclysmic event, Mr. Burns imagines the nature of storytelling and how today's pop culture may inspire the myths and legends of tomorrow. Please note that the subject matter may not be suitable for young children. The show runs approximately two hours.


Please call 382-1036 or visit https://addisonrep.ludus.com/10890 for reservations.

Construction Technology Program Update

This year the Construction Technology class started chaotically as COVID-19 was making school hard and confusing for most students. Our short-term substitute teacher, Polly Wilson, took us through the basics of tool safety and we did some small projects. Our first project was designing and building custom peg boards. We visited a local lumber mill and picked out different species of rough cut lumber to work with, turning them into beautiful finished products. However, the class was excited to work on bigger projects.


After we finished our peg boards, we moved onto our first big project: the garden shed. At this time we got a full time Construction Technology Instructor, Nick Cantrick. Nick helped us learn framing and roofing. This was a really fun project because Nick was able to teach us in-depth techniques and skills. We broke up the garden shed project into groups; one group designed and built the doors, one group framed and sheathed the walls, one group built the roof, and the rest of the smaller details were handled collaboratively along the way. After the finishing touches, we put it up for sale, and quickly had a buyer.


The garden shed prepared and led us into our biggest project yet. We were approached by a couple to build them a house, but not just any house, a tiny house on wheels. After about a month of waiting for the trailer, we got to start working on it. We began the project learning how to read blueprints, estimate a materials list, and create a cut list. After we did this, we were ready to start laying out the walls. Using the information from the blueprints we cut, laid out, and constructed the four walls and the floor system (joists and subfloor). We all got plenty of experience with tools like the pneumatic nailer, router, impact driver, miter saw, and circular saw. We are also learning about different aspects of home construction like how to control water, air, and vapor. A cool part of the project is our insulation which is actual sheep wool! After raising the walls with the help of John Curler and Allen Pulsifer, our maintenance and facilities crew, our goal for the end of the year is to have a water tight seal, windows installed, standing seam roof, and clapboard siding. Stay tuned for updates!


Written by: Jarret Muzzy, with contributions from Isaac Norris and Nick Cantrick

Photos by: Alyssa Rittendale

Human Services Student Profile

Alex Bonavita, a student in the Human Services Early Childhood Education and Care Program, has skillfully and passionately represented PAHCC in this year's VT Early Childhood Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Program. Dianne Carter, VT Early Childhood Apprenticeship Coordinator, describes the pilot project below:


"There is a growing demand in Vermont for a highly-skilled and educated early childhood workforce. In the fall of 2020, Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) was awarded a grant from the Vermont Department of Labor (DOL) to create a pilot Early Childhood Educator Pre-apprenticeship Program for Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. The goal of the program is to develop a pathway for CTE high-school students into the early childhood education (ECE) workforce. Pre-apprentices work in a community-based early childhood program; they are paid through the VT Early Childhood Apprenticeship Program (VECAP) and earn hours towards apprenticeship. Pre-apprentices are guided, observed, and assessed by a qualified mentor and they take a CCV credit-bearing course. These components all align with the VECAP. Students who wish to become an apprentice in the VECAP after high school graduation can seamlessly transfer all of their hours worked as a pre-apprentice, the CCV course requirement, and the skill areas in which they achieved proficiency. There are 15 students from six CTE programs participating this school year. VTAEYC has recently been awarded a new grant from the Department of Labor, with additional funding from The Henderson Foundation, to continue to offer a CTE Pre-apprentice Early Childhood Education Program during the 2021-22 school year. VTAEYC is excited to continue to offer this opportunity for high school students to begin their journey into a rewarding career in early childhood education.”


Alex has had the good fortune of working with young children as a mentee at Mary Johnson Children's Center, a five-star, NAEYC - accredited center in Middlebury. Under the mentorship of Ms. Shannon Minor and Ms. Jackie Prime, her Thunder Dragons Pre-K classroom teachers, as well as Ms. Kristen Dunne, MJCC Director, Alex has devoted an average of ten hours per week supporting all aspects of the curriculum throughout the essential year before Kindergarten. Because the pilot includes a 'training offset', she has been able to earn money while gaining invaluable hands-on experience.


Says Alex about her experience: “When Ms. Danforth (Ulti) first told me about the Pre-Apprenticeship program, I was immediately interested. I took Human Services at PAHCC to hopefully get my foot in the door in a career around children, and that’s what the Pre-Apprenticeship program is designed to do. The course in Child Development through CCV takes a lot of work, but feels very rewarding - and it is great to be in the final stretch! My time at Mary Johnson is always the favorite part of my day. I am so fortunate to have been provided with the opportunity to get an idea of what my future will look like, and I love it so far!”


Educator Ms. Prime, an ongoing source of inspiration and a professional role-model for Alex, feels similarly: "Alex has been a wonderful addition to our classroom as she explores her understanding of early childhood development. Her natural ability with children has shined through and she has formed beautiful relationships with the children. The reciprocal learning that is occurring from this experience is beneficial to all involved and we are grateful to be part of her journey."


Managing all of the pieces that come with the Pre-Apprenticeship Pilot Program has required a high level of self-motivation, commitment, and professionalism. Her PAHCC instructor, Ulti Danforth, continues to be impressed by Alex's ability to independently manage all of the pieces involved with this undertaking. Well done, Alex!


Written/Compiled by: Ulti Danforth

Sustainable Agriculture Student Profile

Remote Learning Without Electronic Devices


For “remote” learning on Wednesdays, many students at PAHCC have been going to school by participating in Co-operative Education with area businesses. Since October, Third Quarter Outstanding Student in Sustainable Agriculture, Jonathan Flores-Torres, has been working at one of Addison County’s largest certified organic dairy farms in Addison.


Farm owners Melanie and Pat Harrison have been very happy with the arrangement. According to Melanie, “Jonathan has been working toward developing the skills and knowledge to successfully care for our herd of organic dairy cattle. From feeding to breeding, manure management to milk quality, I expect him to be capable of nearly every task on the farm by the end of his work-study experience. He has been a great addition to our team and brings a positive attitude and willingness to help others on the farm.” For his part, Pat reports that, “Jonathan is very gentle and patient with both cows and equipment. It’s really hard to find that in a teenage boy.”


Instead of receiving a grade for a computer assignment on a remote learning day, Melanie and Pat periodically assess Jonathan’s proficiency in both work habits and technical skills such as best-practice protocols for animal husbandry, differentiating nutritional needs of animals, and evaluating the quality and condition of feeds.


A senior at MUHS, Jonathan will be graduating in June. His plans for the future are to continue working at Harrison’s Homegrown. “They have taught me so much already, and are just starting to teach me about genetics and cattle breeding. I plan to stay there until a better opportunity comes along.” He shows all the signs of being a lifelong learner, and on behalf of the entire community, we at PAHCC wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

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National Technical Honor Society

Thirty one Hannaford Career Center students will be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society Monday, June 7th at 7:00 pm. These students represent some of the most resilient and focused young people moving forward with their lives despite extraordinarily challenging times. We look forward to honoring their positive character and achievements.

Plans After High School for Senior Career Center Students

Congratulations to the following PAHCC students!

  • Hannah Zimmer (Design & Illustration - Mt. Abe) - attending Western Colorado University

  • Harriet Anderson (Design & Illustration - VUHS) - attending Lake Forest College in Illinois.

  • Aiden Cole (Design & Illustration - MUHS) - attending Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Ashley Tierney (Medical Professions - VUHS) - attending Plymouth State University

  • Tucker Stearns (Medical Professions - VUHS) - attending SUNY Adirondack University

  • Mahaila Gosselin (Medical Professions - MUHS) - attending Castleton University

  • Sydney Jewell (Medical Professions - VUHS) - attending Castleton University

The Garden Patch - Organized & Run by Students in the Sustainable Agriculture Program

Order The Garden Patch Plants Online for Contactless Pickup - May 3-28, 2021

Go to https://gardenpatchmiddlebury.square.site/

Paid orders are placed on the sidewalk next to the greenhouse, Monday-Friday 9:00 am-2:00pm.


- Hundreds of hanging baskets for $25 dollars a piece.

- Herbs (Oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, dill) in 2 1/2" singles ($1.75 each) and 8" garden of three plants (Oregano, rosemary, thyme) ($10.00)

- Veggie Starts in 4" singles ($3.50) and 6 packs ($4.00) - Assorted Tomato Varieties-Slicers, Cherry, Roma, Heirloom, Paste, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Sweet & Hot Peppers, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Summer & Winter Squash, Melons

- Flowering Annuals in 4" singles ($4.00) and 6 packs ($4.75) - Coleus, Dianthus, Zinnia, Marigold, Alyssum, Petunia, Begonia, Impatiens, Ipomea, Dusty Miller, Geranium, Osteospermum, Helichrysum, Alternanthera, Ornamental Millet, Salvia, Verbena, Pansies, Celosia, Stock, Penta and more

- Perennials in 4" singles ($5.00)-Lupine (multi and red varieties), Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Achillea


Want to see before you buy? First time ever--Garden Patch 6 pack veggies starts and annuals are available at Aubuchon Hardware in Middlebury.


The Garden Patch at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center

Main Campus, 51 Charles Avenue

Middlebury VT 05753

For more information, please contact Kelley Mills at kmills@pahcc.org, 802-382-1073

Career Center Program Information - There's Still Time to Apply for Some 21-22 Programs

High school students, consider the Hannaford Career Center to extend your learning opportunities and help you develop valuable skills for college, career, and life. Use the links below to learn more or apply to a program. We look forward to seeing you at the Hannaford Career Center.


Be sure to check out our new and improved website.


Program Videos

Be sure to check out our informational videos about each career center program on this MCTV YouTube Channel.


Course Descriptions

More details about all career center programs can be found in our course descriptions.


Visiting the Career Center

While we can’t have large groups visiting the career center currently, we do want individuals interested in specific programs to have this opportunity. If visiting would be helpful to determine whether to apply to a program, please contact Brenda Logee, our School Counseling Coordinator, at 382-1007 or blogee@pahcc.org.


Applying to the Career Center

For pre-technical and first year technical program students, please apply online using this Google form. If you prefer to submit a paper application, you can fill out and print (or email to blogee@pahcc.org) this fillable PDF application. Be sure to download the pdf in order to complete it electronically.


For additional information, please visit www.hannafordcareercenter.org or contact Brenda Logee at 382-1007 or blogee@pahcc.org.


Your high school counselor is also a great resource for your questions about the career center.

PAHCC Alumni News

Congratulations to Shayna Block (Design & Illustration '20, MAUHS) for being named to the President's list at Pratt Institute. Shayna earned a 4.0 in her first semester at Pratt, one of the most prestigious art schools in the nation.

United Way of Addison County Prevention Team Resources

Check out a short blog post about safety during prom by Olivia, Youth Prevention Coordinator for United Way of Addison County.


And here's a blog post to guide parents about safety for their children during this time, Prom & Graduation for Parents, by Jesse Brooks, Director of Prevention for United Way of Addison County