Hannaford Career Center Newsletter

April 2022

Hannaford Career Center Open House

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our open house on March 17th. It was wonderful to have people in the building again. Our instructors and students shared the great work they are doing and opportunities available in our programs.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Plant & Animal Science Classes Welcome Baby Goats

Happy birthday Maybelle (weighing 8 pounds) and Hank (weighing 9 pounds)!


Jolene, a yearling Boer (meat breed goat) doe, is the proud mother of the twins, born on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at HCC's Deep Roots Farm during the Sustainable Agriculture class period. Students witnessed the births firsthand, while others watched on the live feed camera mounted above the stall. The kids' (baby goats) names were chosen by students using a list of country music artists. The new family will be cared for by students learning about agriculture sustainability.


Thanks to instructor Kelley Mills for making this experience possible for our students.

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Cooperative Education at PAHCC

The PAHCC Cooperative Education program supports a wide variety of career development experiences. In a recent example, Co-op Coordinator, Len Schmidt, and Construction Technology Instructor, Nick Cantrick, collaborated to take construction students to visit the A. Johnson Company sawmill in Bristol. Students got a chance to see the mill in operation and learn about the remarkably local journey that a tree can take from a nearby forest to finished lumber. A. Johnson staff loaded the career center dump truck with a package of pine lumber which the students later turned into the trim and doors for the storage shed featured in the March newsletter.


As a result of the field trip, one student expressed an interest in learning more through a Cooperative Education job shadow. Senior Chris Therrien had taken Natural Resource Management at PAHCC during his junior year and the sawmill made a good connection between natural resources and construction. Chris signed up for a four-day job shadow last January. Since Construction Tech is his first class of the day and the A Johnson shift starts at 6:15, Chris agreed to start his shadow at the start of shift to get a better understanding of work at the mill. Lee DeSantis, the yard foreman, arranged for a shadow rotation that exposed Chris to a wide variety of tasks and opportunities at the mill.


Following his job shadow, both Lee and Chris were interested in a more long-term experience. Chris was offered a paid position at the mill, and continues to work there 6:15-11:00 every Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the Cooperative Education program and attends Construction Tech via the classroom and shop at PAHCC on Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Chris plans on attending Advanced Individual Training with the Vermont National Guard after graduation, but in the meantime he reports of his job at A. Johnson that, “it teaches me something every day.”

Engineering & Architecture

Patrice, our executive administrative assistant, asked our engineering/architecture class to design and make something to give to our town clerks as a way to say thank you for all they do and their support of the career center. After many various designs and trials, they came up with the signs pictured below. They have the town name, our career center logo and "Your students at Hannaford Career Center thank you for your support". Amazing work. Thank you to instructor, Ed Keagle, and students, Kosmo, Alex, and Ben for their creativity, perseverance, and ingenuity in making this project happen.
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Visual Communications Animated GIFs

Students in the VisCom class are creating animated GIFs using digital drawing tablets and Photoshop. GIFs (graphics interchange format and pronounced ‘jiff’) is a digital file format created by Stephen Wilhite in 1987 as a means of reducing the size of images and short animations. Wilhite died on March 26, 2022 from COVID.


The images in the photo album below are by Keil Broderson (VT GIF) and Beth McIntosh (lighthouse GIF).


Thanks to Lisa Rader, visual communications instructor, for guiding her pre-technical program students through wonderful opportunities.

Alumnus Visits Visual Communications Classes

As part of the Visual Communications Cartooning and Animated GIF unit, cartoonist (and former PAHCC student) Ellis Rosen joined the class via zoom to talk about life as a cartoonist and illustrator. Students asked questions about his career, his creative process, and life.


Ellis lives in Brooklyn, NY. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, MAD Magazine, The Washington Post, Wired, The Paris Review, Late Night with Seth Meyers and Air Mail. He is the illustrator of a children's chapter book, Woundabout, and a contributor to the Eisner-nominated graphic anthology Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land.

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Design & Illustration

Students welcomed freelance photographer and drone pilot Caleb Kenna in March. Caleb shared his work, demonstrated his drone, and took questions from students about his career. His drone photography features abstract compositions which are used for editorial layout and as framed artwork. Caleb’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Yankee, Smithsonian, Seven Days, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Lonely Planet, Education Week and The Vermont Land Trust. Caleb has a book coming out in September: Art From Above: Vermont.


Thanks again, Lisa Rader, for the amazing opportunities provided to our arts academy students.

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Below is a photo Design & Illustration student, Zach Welch, took with his drone. Check out Zach's other photos at SmallTownPhotographyVT.com.
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Medical Professions

VT HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association) - Future Health Professionals' two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.


Congratulations to Hannah Emmons and Maisy Hill for their winning VT HOSA State Leadership Conference logo design! The virtual competitive events were held March 14-18 and a live virtual conference happened on April 4th.


Emma Brown and Bella Robideau earned a bronze medal in the CPR/First Aid team competition. Madison Cram earned a silver medal in Medical Terminology. Hannah Emmons earned a silver medal in Medical Photography. They have all qualified to attend the HOSA International Conference in Nashville, TN June 22-25. Congratulations to them and all our medical professions students!


Thanks to instructor, Jenn Baker, adjunct instructor and HOSA executive director, Jessica Enright, and medical professions volunteer, Barb Wagner for their support and guidance for our students.

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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.