January 2023 - The More You Know



Jan. 2: No School

Jan. 4: Current students visit to programs- 10:00-11:00 am

Jan. 11: Current students visit to programs- 10:00-11:00 am

Jan. 11: SkillsUSA Day- Job Interview & Job Skill competition

Jan. 16: MLK Day: No School

Jan. 20: Quarter 2 Ends

Jan. 20: Comfy/PJ Day!

Jan. 24: Semester 2 Begins

Congratulations to Evan Hodgson--CTE's Presidential Scholar Award Winner!

The Vermont Presidential Scholars Program is a statewide recognition of student citizenship, academic, artistic, and leadership excellence.

Evan is an Essex High School student who has excelled in CTE's Health Professions and Dental Assisting programs. Way to go, Evan! We are so proud of you.

Want to attend CTE next year or know a student who does?

Our application for next year has gone live! Students who are interested need to apply by Friday, March 10th.

As part of the application process, students (even if they are a current CTE student) must visit the program(s) they are most interested in applying to for next year. There are visit opportunities for students at each of our partner schools as well as current students. If you, or another someone you know would like to visit please feel free to email cteadmissions@ewsd.org to set something up!

Discover CTE Open House is coming soon!

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CTE Student Leadership has taken on helping people affected by poverty and homelessness this year. For the month of January, we have several events scheduled to help with this goal.

  • Please donate winter hats, gloves, boots, and jackets!
  • Penny Wars is back!
  • Food Drive Collection!

Each program will receive points based on donations-- The program (s) with the most points at the end of January will win a pizza lunch and an afternoon at the skating rink with hot chocolate as the grand prize.

**Ask your program rep or Ms. Dulleba if you have questions!

The Governor's Institutes of Vermont (GIV)

What is GIV?

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont offers a variety of intensive, residential summer learning programs hosted at college campuses all over the state. Each Institute focuses on a unique area of interest, and introduces you to mentors and friends who will help you pursue your passions and create your future. Students who attend GIV come away with a deeper sense of knowledge, possibilities, and inspiration. Each Institute creates a supportive and engaged learning community led by industry expertise and educational excellence.

We know that the current economic environment is challenging for schools and families. GIV is accessible for all families by offering offer financial aid and scholarships to qualifying students. In fact, the tuition is on a sliding scale based on what families can afford, starting at just $10. See GIV’s sliding scale tuition chart here, and please reach out to us with questions!

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Meet the Professional Foods Teachers

How long have you worked at CTE?

Chef Dowman: This is my 19th year.

Chef Barton: 11 years

Chef Zimmerman: 10 years

Chef Jess: This is my second year.

What is your background?

Chef Dowman: I grew up in Connecticut. I started cooking in a restaurant my senior year of high school. I attended the New England Culinary Institute (NECI) in Vermont. I traveled throughout the country working in restaurants in Florida, California, Texas, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Delaware and Vermont. I moved back to Vermont to work at NECI before coming to CTE.

Chef Barton: Professional chef for 20 years- 20 years as a chef instructor/faculty member at the New England Culinary Institute. A graduate of Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts, Johnson State College and the University of New England

Chef Zimmerman: I have worked in the food service industry since I was 16. I started at a pizza place as a dishwasher and have done just about every job in the business. Over the years I switched from culinary to baking as my main focus.

Chef Jess: Graduated from CTE Professional Foods in 2001. Worked at Mirabelles and Chef's Corner. I have owned my own baking catering company for 10 years now.

What are your hobbies?

Chef Dowman: I like to hike, kayak, bike, camp, read, and watch movies.

Chef Barton: Gardening, Fly-Fishing, Preserving and Reading

Chef Zimmerman: I like spending time with my family, building things and working on my house. I also enjoy my gardens, vegetable and flower, and going on hikes.

Chef Jess: Gardening, baking, boating, traveling, trying new restaurants, hanging out with friends and family.

What is your favorite aspect of working at CTE?

Chef Dowman: I like passing on my knowledge and experience to students who are interested in learning food service skills.

Chef Barton: Welcoming environment for all!

Chef Zimmerman: The students. I really enjoy getting to know and work with students.

Chef Jess: Watching students grow and feel comfortable in the kitchen/bakeshop.

Describe your program in 3-5 words!

Chef Dowman: Interactive, fun, collaborative, relevant.

Chef Barton: Relevant, Empowering and Hands-on

Chef Zimmerman: Fun hands on learning

Chef Jess: Sweet, Spicy, Tasty!

For more info on Professional Foods, credits and certifications earned, and videos of students in action, click here!

CTE School Counseling Coordinators

Miss an issue? Find it here!

Link to Student Events Calendar

Instagram: CounselorsofCTE

Admissions Questions? Contact - cteadmissions@ewsd.org

Lindsay Ackley: lackley@ewsd.org - Auto, Building, HVAC, Natural Forestry & Mechanical, Pre-Tech 1 & 4

Emmy Charron: echarron@ewsd.org -Childhood Ed, CAWD, CST, DCM, Engineering, Pre-Tech 2

Heidi McLaughlin: hmclaughlin@ewsd.org - Cosmetology 1&2, Dental, Health Professions, Pre-Tech 3 & 5

Chris Chase: cchase@ewsd.org - Partner School & Community Relations Coordinator

The Center for Technology, Essex does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national

origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or age in its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the

nondiscrimination policies: Bob Travers, Director

2 Educational Drive Suite 200 Essex Junction, VT 05452

802-879-5558 btravers@ewsd.org