December 2020 - The More You Know


Important Dates

Wednesday, December 2 open from 3:00- 8:00 PM: The Vermont Virtual College Fair is the kickoff event for Vermont Applies, a month-long initiative to help students and families prepare for life after high school and keep as many doors open as possible. Go here to register for the Virtual College Fair.

Thursday, December 3: 3:30-4:30 PM: Vermont National Guard Town Hall Meeting with Major General Gregory Knight, Vermont's Adjutant General, and Daniel French, Vermont’s Secretary of Education, as they share education related opportunities that the Vermont National Guard provides to students and answer questions from the audience. Join live on Facebook @VermontNationalGuard.

Wednesday, December 9th: Virtual College Visit - Norwich University for CTE students only from 2:00-3:00. Click here to join!

Thursday, December 10: 7:00-8:00 pm FREE webinar "How to Prepare For College as a Remote or Hybrid Student" In this interactive and informative webinar from the University of Vermont, a panel of school counselors will provide advice to parents and students on how to build a college list, how to remain competitive for college admission, and how high school juniors and seniors can make the most of this fall. Register to get more information:

Friday, December 11th: Progress report grades for the second quarter closes!

December 23rd - January 1st: School Vacation...Happy Holidays :) See you on January 2nd!

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Financial Aid & Scholarship Quick Resources

Hello College Bound Seniors & Families!

Now that your college applications are behind you it's time to apply for scholarships and financial aid if you haven't already. Here are some important resources.

Fafsa: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid - For those of you who have not filled this out this is the first (and most important) step to your financial aid process. Please do so ASAP!

VSAC: Complete the Vermont Grant's free $$ towards college.

Scholarships: Here is a way to keep them all organized. Please make your own copy!

*There are VSAC Scholarship booklets available in Student Services and the application deadline for those is the first week in March!!!

*There is also a binder with scholarships in Student Services. Come periodically check them out to see if you qualify for any of them. We are getting new ones in the mail every day!

*If you are a member of SkillsUSA or National Technical Honor Society or FFA or another organization check out their website!

*Check out this list of other scholarship resources and tips!

Having a hard time understanding your financial aid award letter?

*Here is some information and a video that may be helpful

*If you want to use a spreadsheet to compare click here!

*Go speak with a VSAC representative at their offices in Winooski or come see me!


I know this can be a confusing and overwhelming process but you're almost there! There is help!

Interested in taking a (Virtual) Spring College Course?

Sign up now if you are a current High School junior or senior!

See Emmy or Lindsay for "How To" information :)

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All you need to know about National Technical Honor Society!

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an honor society for outstanding career and technical education students. After first semester, CTE instructors will nominate students who qualify using the following criteria:

  • Student has a minimum semester average of an A- (90) in program area.
  • Student has a minimum semester average of a B- (80) in all other academic classes.
  • Student demonstrates strong employability skills.

Eligible candidates will be notified and those interested in joining NTHS must complete a reflective essay addressing the following:

  • Personal career goal
  • Involvement with community service or other acts of kindness
  • Thoughts on the importance of employability skills
  • Honor someone who has helped student succeed

The NTHS selection committee will notify candidates of acceptance. While an in-person ceremony for 2021 is unlikely to happen, some form of recognition will be arranged.

National Drug and Drunk Prevention Month

Don't Wreck the Holidays!

In an average year, 30 million Americans drive drunk, and 10 million Americans drive impaired by illicit drugs. Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities account for nearly one third of all traffic fatalities in the U.S. The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that 40% of traffic-related deaths during Christmas and New Year's involve drunk and impaired drivers.

Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently found in the blood of drivers who have been involved in vehicle crashes, including fatal ones. Does marijuana use affect driving?

It’s easy to calculate your own Most Dangerous Days to Drive. Anytime YOU consume alcohol/substances and drive, you increase your risk of being in a car accident.

While it is illegal for minors to consume alcohol or marijuana, some will choose to do so. We want everyone to be safe this holiday season!

Here are a few simple tips for celebrating and driving safely this holiday season:

  • Designate a non-drinking driver ahead of time.
  • If drinking alcohol at a party or other celebration, allow at least one hour between drinks. It takes one hour to get rid of one drink from your body (1 drink is equal to a 12-oz beer, 5-oz glass of wine or 1½-oz shot of liquor).
  • Set limits beforehand of the number of drinks to have and stick with it.
  • Alternate drinking alcoholic beverages with soda, juice or water and eat food.
  • Don’t mix alcohol with other drugs, including marijuana or over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • Don’t ride with someone who is impaired. Use other means of transportation such as a taxi, public transportation or driver who is sober.

CTE Alumni Honored with 2020 Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts Golden Wrench Award

Congrats to former CTE student Jesse Martin who was recently honored with the 2020 Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts Golden Wrench Award! After finishing the CTE Auto I program in 2019, Jesse went on to do a Co-Op at Goss Jeep in South Burlington for his senior year through the CTE Auto II program. One of the benefits of winning this award, besides the honor and prizes (learn more:, is that Jesse will be able to take a lap at Thunder Road in a race car sometime in the future!
Free Yoga for Students & Teachers! Sign up Here!

Down Doge has made all of their apps completely free until July 1st, 2021 for all students and teachers (K-12 and college) so that they can have access to wellness at home through the end of the semester.

Alumni Profile: Emily Jenkins - Computer Systems Technology

"Labor market projections indicate a growing gap in the supply of qualified employees for middle skills jobs—those that require training beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. Shortfalls are expected to be particularly acute in fields critical to our nation’s economic competitiveness, such as computer technology, nursing, and advanced manufacturing."Labor Market

So let's hear some words from a CTE Computer Systems Alumni: Emily Jenkins

I was so intrigued by a school that allowed you to pursue your Career paths while in High school. I thought to myself why was I not offered or told about this amazing place? It seemed to me that CTE was not offered or pushed as much to the Mainstream students like myself. It felt almost like an “alternative school,” but I soon found out it was much more than that.

I was worried about going into my Junior year without all the friends I’ve had since Second Grade. I was also worried about being the ONLY girl in my class, but as the year progressed I had become friends with almost everyone in my program!

CST allowed me to explore the many different sides of a Computer Career and ultimately helped me narrow down my options of what I enjoyed doing.

I never dreamed of going to College or getting a Career. I didn’t think it was something I’d ever have the opportunity to do. Attending CST my Junior year of high school not only set me up for a Career Path in Computer Science, but I also met so many wonderful people who helped me find a program called VAST that allowed me to be a Freshman in College while I completed my Senior year of high school.

After leaving CTE I received my Associates Degree in Computer Science and I now work for Essex Westford School District as a Computer Technician where I have worked for almost 2 years. My home base is at Essex High School/CTE. Working for EWSD I feel like I am now able to give back to the wonderful CTE community that helped me get to where I am today.

CTE is such a diverse and welcoming school. I think any student who attends CTE would agree that you leave feeling like family. To read Emily's full write-up Emily CST Alumni.

CTE School Counseling Coordinators

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Lindsay Ackley: - Building, Cosmetology, Dental, Health Info, Natural, Pre-Tech 3 & 4

Emmy Charron: - Auto, Childhood Ed, CAWD, CST, DCM, Engineering, Pro Foods, Pre-Tech 1, 2 & 5

Chris Chase: - Sending School & Community Relations Coordinator

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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

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