SPECIAL EDITION

CTC GRAND OPENING

Career Technical Center

GRAND OPENING

On Monday, September 26th, Somersworth High School and Career Technical Center opened it's doors to unveil the newly renovated CTC!

Planning first began during the 2013-2014 school year and in February of 2016 we officially broke ground!

Monday evening Superintendent Jeni Mosca and School Board Chairman Don Austin gave great thanks to the many people who were responsible for making the plans into a reality!

Meet the programs!

Broadcast Technology

In this introductory course, students explore photography, television, video production, and graphic communication. Students work on projects and learn to use digital cameras and video broadcasting equipment with photo and video editing software to create slideshows, short movies and even broadcast live events from the school and within the community. Students work with Final Cut Pro X to edit and add effects to projects. In the second year, students delve more deeply into the capabilities of video broadcasting equipment and video editing software. Students take on the roles of producer and/or director, discovering what it takes to create independent films and run a successful live broadcast. Students in this course are expected to take creative initiative with content for local cable television. This includes brainstorming ways to involve a wide variety of content including student work, sporting events, club information, upcoming events, and community events.

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Digital Media

Students explore the world of digital media by mastering different design software and tools, using their skills to see their visions come to life. They embark on projects of their own design and are able to maneuver systems to create real-world results including websites, posters, commercials, marketing materials, animations and more. Experiences in Digital Media foster the ability to problem solve through the creation of independent projects that will help in the many different fields available in the industry. Students (and Mrs. Dodge!) are most looking forward to additional opportunities to explore and work with the new equipment the Digital Media Program has recently acquired.


Digital Media is open to students in grades 10-12.

Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

This program gives students who have a strong interest in the education field the opportunity to experience the following:


  • Developmentally appropriate practices related to children and families.
  • Developing and implementing curriculum and lessons
  • School and classroom Culture and Climate including all aspects of safety.
  • Direct educational experiences in our local elementary, middle and early learning schools.


This year so far, our classes have been answering the questions. “Why school?” as well as “Whose Idea was free public education anyway.” In addition, we’ve been looking at the characteristics of what makes a good teacher. We are all looking forward to observing classrooms next week as well as working with the students very soon.


Teaching Multiple Levels is open to students in grades 10-12.

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Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Program prepares students to participate in the technical and management areas of the performing arts industry. During the first year of this program students will be learning about set design and construction, lighting design and implementation, set painting and scenic art, costume design, properties management, front of the house management as well as back of the house management which covers marketing, publicity as well as creating programs and advertising of the upcoming productions. In addition, students will possess the foundation skills needed for post secondary studies in technical theater.

Students in the technical theater program have been watching the progress in the construction of the new black box theater with great excitement! While we wait for its completion, we are doing a unit on theatrical make up. Last week they practiced their skills on Superintendent Jeni Mosca.

Next up in our program will be set building!


Performing Arts is open to students in grades 10-12.

Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts program provides realistic hands-on experience in the principles of working in and operating a kitchen/dining room. Students learn cooking methods, safety and sanitation, commercial equipment use, recipe terminology, measurement skills, food service technology and customer service techniques while operating Mulligan’s Grill Restaurant! In the second year of the program, students continue to expand upon the knowledge, experience, and skills needed to meet the requirements for entry into post-secondary education courses or jobs within the foodservice industry. Many areas taught in first year are explored more deeply in Culinary II such as advanced sauces, knife skills and bakery techniques. New skills for second year students include meat and poultry fabrication, menu development, food cost procedures, sugar cookery and advanced baking skills. Students in Culinary Arts II receive instruction in the Servesafe Food Safety course and have the option to test for and receive a nationally recognized certification from National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. Additionally students have the option to participate in the Running Start Program and receive college credits while still in high school through Lakes Region Community College.


Culinary Arts is open to students in grades 11 & 12.

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Building Trades

In the Building Trades program students learn the basic skills in construction necessary to identify materials, tools, safety, building codes, blue print reading, and how to safely construct a building. In the second year, students will seek to master their basic skills learned in Building Trades I. They will assume the role of leaders and manage a crew and the job site as well as the responsibility for the work done at all phases of the construction process. They will sit for their OSHA 10 hr. safety course, and if passed, receive an OSHA 10 card that is good for life. The students will learn, plan, and may receive certification in solar energy installation.

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Automotive Technology

In the automotive technology program, major areas of study include brakes, steering and suspension systems, and engine performance. Students will be introduced to the computer systems in automobiles and how to diagnose and repair problems with the computer systems. Students will learn how to do a wheel alignment, repair brakes, and diagnose problems. In the second year students will receive advanced training in the repair and diagnosis of modern automobiles. More emphasis will be placed on engine performance and computer systems. Students will learn the complex workings of the electrical systems. Areas covered are wiring, lights, battery, starters, and alternators, along with the use of multi-meters. Students will also learn the state inspection laws and will be able to perform a state safety inspection on a car. Students will be exposed to the business side of the automotive trades and will gain experience as service writers and in ordering repair parts. At the conclusion of the second year, students should be able to pass the ASE test in brakes, electrical, and front ends.

Marketing

In the Marketing Program, topics covered include basic marketing and economic concepts, the free enterprise system, legal and ethical issues concerning marketers, selling, advertising and promotion. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop career goals and occupational skills related to marketing which are relevant in today’s global economy. Students will be encouraged to participate in DECA (An association for marketing students) and the Marketing Lab/Topper Shoppe for practical internship experience. In the second year, there is a focus on a deeper understanding of the key marketing tools of advertising, PR, promotions and digital marketing. We consider effective use of marketing funds (including profitability, return on marketing investment and financials from a marketing perspective), as well as explore the latest marketing trends – from changes in consumer marketing to social media marketing.

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Engineering

The Engineering Program at Somersworth CTC utilizes the nationally recognized “Project Lead the Way (PLTW)” program as the basis of its curriculum. The program is designed to help students explore “high tech”-related careers in different types of engineering to prepare them to enter postsecondary education programs. Additionally, the Engineering Program helps prepare students for entry level engineering-technology jobs such as in many of the local advanced manufacturing companies in the seacoast area
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Medical Assisting

The Medical Assisting program prepares students to participate in teams, solve problems, think critically and implement effective solutions. The program is designed and delivered as a coherent sequence of experiential learning based in an academic foundation through hands on activities as well as field work. This course will teach students the basic knowledge and skills needed for Medical Assisting Services in a clinical, medical, or retail setting or to continue post-secondary education.
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