Hannaford Career Center Newsletter

January 2022

Application Details for 2022-2023 Career Center Programs

High School and Adult Students,

Consider the Hannaford Career Center to extend your learning opportunities and help you develop valuable skills for college, career, and life. Check out The Benefits of Career Technical Education (CTE), a 2.5 minute video to get you started about why this choice could be a great fit for you. Then use the links below to learn more or apply to a program. We look forward to seeing you at the Hannaford Career Center.

Program Videos

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

Program Descriptions

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

Visiting the Career Center

If visiting would be helpful to determine whether to apply to a program, please contact Ms. Logee, our School Counselor, at 382-1007 or blogee@pahcc.org.

Applying to the Career Center

Pre-Technical Program Application Form

Technical Program Application Form

Returning Student Technical Program Application Form

  • If second year technical program students want to attend a different program next year, please complete the “Technical Program Application Form” above.

Fillable PDF Application (download the pdf in order to complete it electronically)

  • Email the completed application to blogee@pahcc.org or print it and turn it in to your high school counselor.

Visit Our Website

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

Your high school counselor is a great resource for your questions about the Career Center.

Middlebury FFA Chapter Service Project - You Can Help!

The Middlebury FFA Chapter is hosting a homeless shelter charity drive January 10 - February 4 to help support members of the community. They are looking for lightly used, clean winter gear such as boots, jackets, gloves and clothes. They are also looking for things like new and packaged bed sheets, blankets and personal hygiene items such as razors, shaving cream, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc. Items can be dropped off in boxes at the career center (classrooms and main office) and there is a box in or near the main office at each high school as well. See this flyer for more information. Thanks for contributing if you can. And thanks to FFA members and advisors for initiating and organizing this important drive.

Students Compete in FFA Land Judging Contest

The Natural Resource Management (Conservation Equipment Operation) class took a trip on October 20, 2021 to the Vermont State Land Judging contest at Vermont Technical College (VTC) in Randolph. The students assessed soil features in four different test pits, including the textures of topsoil and subsoil, drainage class, how deep bedrock was, and many other aspects. Our very skilled HCC team was one of 7 different career centers that participated. There were roughly 100 students competing with all six HCC students finishing in the top 10!

  • Lucas Allen - 1st place with 189 points

  • Gus Hill - 2nd with 188 points

  • Ian Goodyear - 5th with 179 points

  • Bradley Wells - 6th with 178 points

  • Benny Wilson - 8th with 173 points

  • Timothy Curran - 9th with 172 points

All of the students' great scoring allowed HCC to beat rival Cold Hollow Career Center by 15 points to take the win in overall points. The students had an absolute blast with each other sharing many laughs, supporting each other, and striving to be the best land judgers they could be.

The team results for all seven career centers were…

  1. Hannaford Career Center - 734 points

  2. Cold Hollow Career Center - 719 points

  3. Green Mountain Tech & Career Center - 657 points

  4. Windham Regional Career Center - 647 points

  5. River Valley Technical Center - 479 points

  6. Stafford Technical Center - 473 points

  7. Randolph Technical Career Center - 448 points

By: Ian Goodyear (Natural Resource Management Student)

Thanks to Natural Resource Management Instructor, Aaron Townshend, for his support and guidance to help prepare our students for such amazing success.

Medical Professions Students Donate Money

All students in Medical Professions 1 & 2 are members of HOSA. HOSA stands for Health Occupations Students of America. It is a career and technical student organization for those planning to pursue health professions as careers. Each student membership provides money for HOSA and allows each chapter to make a donation to a non-profit organization. VT HOSA state officers chose to provide this opportunity for the local chapters to give back to their individual communities instead of purchasing swag to give to students at the annual conference.


There are many ways to give to others. Giving back is one way. You can also give forward by giving your time, talent, expertise, knowledge, support, network, etc. The best leaders are givers because they invest in others in multiple ways. Service is a form of giving. The world of leadership needs more givers. We call these givers “servant-leaders” because they are ambitious for the success of the mission or cause they signed up for and ambitious for the success of others on their team. They are leaders who want things for people and not just from people.

Because 100% of the students in Medical Professions chose to join the organization this school year (by 12/1/21) and be "servant-leaders", our local chapter was given $125. We chose to donate to the Vermont Association for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery. We decided on this organization because they help young people develop positive coping mechanisms for times when they may choose to indulge in unsafe activities. Knowing many adults struggle with addiction, we wanted to support an organization that works to help people early in their lives try to avoid becoming addicted in the first place.

By: Maria Delgadillo (Medical Professions 1 Student)

Thanks to Medical Professions Instructor, Jennifer Baker, and Adjunct Instructor, Jessica Enright, for their encouragement and guidance for this group of aspiring health professions students.

Engineering/Architecture & Culinary Arts Programs Collaborate on Gingerbread Houses

The Engineering & Architecture students were given the task of creating designs for gingerbread houses and then communicating their designs with the Culinary Arts students who would then build them.

From Engineering/Architecture:

We designed two simple Gingerbread houses for the culinary class to bake, construct, and decorate. We provided plans, specifications, and templates from which to assemble the creations. They applied their specialized knowledge of baking, icing, and own creative impulses to achieve a centerpiece worthy of a place on a family’s holiday table. This exercise was intended to demonstrate how the division of labor works in the design professions. Architects and engineers seldom build their own designs. They depend on the expertise and training of contractors and construction managers. For this relationship to work we rely on accepted forms of notation, construction documents, meetings, and site visits to ensure the building or structure is completed properly. You can read the full assignment and background here.

From Culinary Arts:

We started our gingerbread houses by making the dough in our two groups: boys vs. girls. After baking the gingerbread, we cut out the pieces we needed using the design template created by the Civil Engineering & Architecture class, a beach house for the girls and a barn for the boys. The next day we built and decorated the houses using candy from Middlebury Sweets. When building the houses we learned that the roofing needed inside support to help hold it up during the drying process. We also learned that you need to be careful where you put decorations, or there might be some complications. Overall, it was a fun process and we all enjoyed ourselves. By: Alysa Farley (Culinary Arts Student)

Thanks to Engineering & Architecture Instructor, Ed Keagle, and Culinary Arts Instructor, Woody Danforth for their expertise and guidance in making this joint venture possible.

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Engineering & Architecture Bridge Design, Building, & Testing

Students were given the task of determining which bridge designs and materials would be able to support the most weight. Throughout the process they designed a variety of structures with different features and materials (steel, aluminum, wood, foam board, etc.) that they hypothesized would hold weight well. Because some materials naturally hold more weight (steel) or students could use large amounts of a material, the overall weight of the structure was factored into the equation. As a result, students focused on creating designs that considered both weight and engineering to maximize the effectiveness of their bridges. It was a great exercise in creativity, ingenuity, and trial and error. As you'll see from the videos linked below, the students also had some fun.

Thanks to Engineering & Architecture Instructor, Ed Keagle, for his creativity, ingenuity, and fun on this project.

Industrial Design & Fabrication

Tyler Robinson, a senior in Industrial Design and Fabrication, assembles bicycles two days a week at his co-op with RAD-Innovations in Cornwall. Below, he's working on a full-fat recumbent electric tricycle by ICE.
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Career Center Vision & Mission Statements

In the fall of 2019, a team of board members, staff and community members was convened to draft new vision and mission statements, in order to ensure that the Career Center of the Patricia A. Hannaford Regional Technical School District (PAHRTSD) continues to meet the needs of students now and in the future. The new vision and mission reflect the voices of students, staff and community members. We are pleased to be able to share the final outcome with our communities.

Vision Statement

We envision a career and technical center that empowers students to be inquisitive, caring and open-minded citizens of local, national and global communities, who engage as lifelong learners and understand and accept different viewpoints and perspectives.

Mission Statement

We provide students with rigorous, hands-on and classroom instruction, robust community partnerships, and project-based learning opportunities that empower and inspire them to build strong work habits, relevant, innovative technical skills, and a sense of personal responsibility as local, national and global citizens while ensuring equity for all participants.

To learn more about the process, please check out our Vision & Mission Development Summary.