Hannaford Career Center Newsletter

March 6, 2023

Hannaford Career Center Open House/Student Showcase

Thanks to everyone who attended our open house and student showcase on February 2nd.

Look for more opportunities to tour the career center and our programs in the near future. In the meantime, please check out our website (www.pahcc.org or www.hannafordcareercenter.org) or contact our main office (382-1012) to set up a visit.

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences - February 27-March 10

For current students and families, please be in touch with your or your student's instructor to set up a time to check in about current progress. Conferences can be scheduled during the February 27-March 10 window. Contact information can be found on our website under "Who We Are" and then "Staff Directory" or by clicking this link.

Welcome Rebecca Goulet

Rebecca is our new Director of Business Management & Finance at Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. She began working with us on Monday, February 13, 2023. She was most recently working at UVM, but prior to that she spent 20+ years working in the Winooski School District. We are very fortunate that she decided to join us. In just a few short weeks, she has hit the ground running, shoring up processes and making sure we are fully on track. Thanks Rebecca!

Welcome Dr. Nicole MacTavish

On behalf of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PAHCC), I am delighted to report that the board has not only offered a superintendent’s contract to, but it has been accepted by Nicole MacTavish. She was interviewed by parents, students, faculty, community members/workforce and finally the school board. It is not often that one can report that a candidate sailed through each group with flying colors! We would also like to publicly thank McPherson and Jacobson LLC for their experience and help through this process.

Nicole MacTavish is currently working as an educational specialist for the U.S. Army Garrison Kwajalein Atoll. She comes with a wealth of experience in Career and Technical Education and has also served in almost every position that one can in education, from a teacher, assistant principal, assistant director, educational specialist and superintendent. Her experiences and knowledge are broad and deep, and we wish to extend to her a warm welcome to the PAHCC community and the greater community.

MacTavish, her husband and son will be residing in Middlebury. Their son is looking forward to attending Middlebury Union High School as a ninth grader and being a Middlebury Tiger! Nicole will start he tenure with us on July 1st.

Suzanne Buck

PAHCC Board Chair


Congratulations Declan Anderson - CTE Presidential Scholar Honorable Mention

Declan is a senior at MUHS and a second year student at PAHCC in the Construction Technology program. The Vermont Agency of Education announced on Monday, January 30, 2023 Vermont’s Presidential Scholar recipients and honorable mentions for the 2022-2023 school year in a recognition ceremony at the Vermont State House.

These outstanding students were selected based on nominations from teachers, administrators, and fellow students. Presidential scholars are recognized in three categories; general, arts and career technical education. Among this year’s scholars are technologists, writers, student leaders, advocates, mentors and volunteers.

“Vermont’s presidential scholar class of 2023 exemplifies the best of Vermont Education,” said Secretary of Education Dan French. “Each of these students have excelled academically, through either traditional or non-traditional learning experiences, and both in many cases. They are responsible citizens, committed to their community, demonstrating leadership in their schools and serving as an example for their peers. I congratulate the students and their families for this impressive achievement.”

Check the News Channel 5 story about the recognition ceremony here. You can also read more about the Presidential Scholars program and see all the recipients at this link.

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ART Presents "A Shadow on the Wall"

Addison Repertory Theatre (ART) students presented A Shadow on the Wall last week. Each performance was packed. Not only did the students put on a terrific performance, they also did a wonderful job of WRITING the play and crafting the set. Yes, this was an original production, from beginning to end. Kudos to instructor, Eric Reid-St. John, and his students for outstanding work.

STEAM Challenge Grant

Congratulations to Aaron Townshend, Lisa Rader, and Katie Hill, who were successful in winning a $9,250 grant in support of the work happening at Wright Park. The grant application outlines how three different PAHCC programs will collaborate to accomplish this community project:

  • Natural Resources Management: thin overgrown Norway spruce plantation, clear new access trail, build skidder bridge

  • Visual Communications: design and create educational poster content and layout for kiosk

  • Engineering & Architecture: design of the kiosk, build prototype kiosk

Wright Park is managed by the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), and the organization needs a new trail to provide equipment access for mowing and forestry maintenance. The proposed new trail crosses a stream, creating potential for erosion. The new trail will also serve as a recreational hiking trail for the general public, creating an opportunity to educate the public about ongoing forestry management projects on the property. Here is the full grant application and a press release about the project.

Co-op Spotlight - Champlain Precision & Stephen Barcomb

What made you decide to sign up for Industrial Design and Fabrication?

I wanted to learn more about machining and what I wanted to do after I graduate. I worked over the summer in a machine shop and liked that, but wanted to learn about options for after school. It has definitely helped me with that.

What have you learned on Co-op?

Everybody at Champlain Precision is super nice and they teach me a lot. I’ve learned about how mills and lathes work, but also a lot about the work environment. It's really different than school when you have real customers and real parts that you are making. There is a whole flow. It isn’t just about the part that you are machining. You have to focus on the entire process.

What did you learn about yourself?

In machining, there is a lot of math involved. I’m OK at math, although it isn’t my favorite subject, but I am pretty good at numbers. Sometimes I’ll be running 3 or 4 machines at a time and I have to move back and forth between machines constantly, and the parts on each machine have different sets of tolerances. I’m really good at remembering all the tolerances for each machine separately and keeping it all straight. I’ve also learned that if you know coding well enough and have the right machines, you can basically make any part you can imagine. That is pretty cool.

What are your plans for the future?

Machining isn’t #1, but it isn’t at the bottom of the list either. We do some welding in class and I’d be interested in a career in welding, maybe going to Advanced Welding Institute in Burlington. I’m also interested in electrical work. (Editor’s note: job shadow with Eastview Electric is in the works).

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Application Details for 2023-2024 Career Center Programs

While the priority deadline for career center applications has passed, students can still apply. If a program is already full, students are placed on a waitlist based on the date their application is received, so don't delay any longer.

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 802-382-1007 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 802-382-1007 or blogee@pahcc.org.

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

Design & Illustration and Visual Communications

Three of our design students are competing for a chance to win $10,000 in this year's Gallery Collection Greeting Card Competition! You can vote once each day. Designs with the most votes automatically advance to the finals, so your support is critical.

Just click on this link to VOTE. Please spread the word and share this with others!

Thank you!

Design & Illustration News

Tayden deMeurers, MUHS Senior, was accepted to her top choice school, Montserrat College of Art. Tayden was awarded a presidential scholarship -- an award that will mean $19,000 per year -- yes, that's $76,000! Included in her acceptance packet was a hand written congratulatory note from the Montserrat rep that reviewed Tayden's portfolio this fall at National Portfolio Day in Hartford, CT. Congratulations, Tayden!

Congratulations to Baker Nelson, MUHS 10th Grader, and all the members of the MUHS Boys Nordic team who won the Vermont State Nordic Division 2 title on Tuesday, February 28th. The MUHS Girls Nordic team won a state title too, we just don't have any of them attending the career center. Congrats to both teams!

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Visual Communications

VisCom class welcomed New Yorker cartoonist Ellis Rosen to class (via zoom). Ellis shared about his process and what a career as a cartoonist is like.

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Medical Professions

Medical Professions 1 completed "Stop the Bleed" training and certification on February 13th.

Medical Professions 2 students have been preparing for Licensed Nursing Assistant clinicals that will take place over April break at Helen Porter Home Healthcare Center.

Both classes have been shadowing at Porter Medical Center & Addison County Home Health. A huge thank you to the medical community for supporting our students with these experiences.

First and second year Medical Professions students made cards to send to VT Children's Hospital, Helen Porter Nursing Home & Shard Villa Nursing Home. Thanks for giving back to the community!
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Sustainable Agriculture

On March 1st, our Sustainable Agriculture students, instructor Kelley Mills, and instructional assistant, Alyssa Rittendale helped with preparations for the Annual Vermont Flower Show. They built a landscaped wall for the show at the Champlain Valley Expo. The show happened March 3-5, 2023. Thanks to everyone for giving their time and energy to help.
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Industrial Design & Fabrication

The students traveled to GE Aviation in Rutland on Thursday, March 2nd. They got to see a small portion of the operations, including robotic presses, the apprentice area, cutter grind (5-axis grinding and inspection) of the toolroom, design, robotic broach, and support line. While only seeing a small portion our students realized the size and scope of what a large shop is like. It helped showcase the many needs in manufacturing within VT and so close to Addison county. Thanks to instructor Kyle Trudo, who used to work at GE Aviation before coming to the career center, for arranging the visit for his students.
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Vermont’s Own Collaboration

The owner of Vermont’s Own store saw our posts on social media about the Adirondack chairs made by Kyle Trudo’s pre-tech students. She contacted him, and they worked out an arrangement to display the chairs and to sell them. In addition to the prominent window display, the store also posted our Open House/Student Showcase poster. Tim Williams visited the store owner to thank her for her generosity in displaying and selling the chairs. (She is not taking any commission on the $250 chairs, either.) During the conversation they discussed a potential partnership where PAHCC students could make products she would sell in her store; they talked about more chairs, spice racks, picture frames, keychains, bottle openers, wall hangings, display cases, and a whole host of other things. Dr. Williams told her that PAHCC would only do so if she would take a percentage of the sales as a true partnership should be beneficial to both parties. She also said that she would be happy to provide regular display window access. This would be a fantastic way for our Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) to raise money for their organizations. This has the potential to be a great partnership where both parties benefit greatly, and it could be a great outlet to sell student products – especially since the store’s focus is on things made in Vermont. The store owner believes that the more local the better, and she loves the idea of helping students.
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Teen Time @ The Makery Thursday Workshops Begin March 2nd

Every Thursday School Is In Session - 3:15-5:00 pm

The Teen Makery is an afterschool opportunity for all high school aged students. Currently, three labs are available each week - Woodworking, Sewing, and Magic: The Gathering. Youth can show up to the Career Center any Thursday afternoon at 3:15. The Makery runs each week school is in session through the end of May. It's free to all participants and food is provided.

Each lab is managed by a trained mentor who is an expert in using all the available tools. Students can work on individual projects or team up with other students on a group project.

The Teen Makery at Hannaford Career Center is offering FREE workshops for all high school students starting March 2nd! Sign up with the links below but space is limited so sign up now!

Workshops starting March 2nd include:

1. CNC Plasma/Welding Workshop

Sign up: https://www.makeryatpahcc.org/event-5170936

When: Thursdays, March 2, 9,16, 23, and 30 from 3:15-5:00 P.M.

2. Woodworking Workshop

Sign up: https://www.makeryatpahcc.org/event-5170942

When: Thursdays, March 2, 9,16, 23 and 30 from 3:15-5:00 P.M.

3. T-Shirt Design & Production Workshop

Sign up: https://www.makeryatpahcc.org/event-5170930

When: Thursdays, March 2, 9 and 16 from 3:15-5:00 P.M.

CNC Plasma/Welding Workshop

Metal sculpture of your choosing or build a small table base, then try the woodshop out and build a wooden top for your table. The legs will be designed in Fusion 360 and provided as a template. Students can add their own twist onto the legs - name, initials, or some other 2d graphic. Students then cut the parts with the CNC plasma cutter. This will be followed by a series of welding lessons, and eventually, welding the table bases together. Lastly, a small wooden tabletop can be made in the woodshop. For students not interested in making a table, your instructor will help you make a metal sculpture.

Woodworking Workshop

Learn the basic techniques and tools needed to get started in woodworking. Held in our woodshop with live demonstrations and hands-on guidance. Each student will complete a simple woodworking project. All materials will be supplied.

T-Shirt Design & Production Workshop

Learn graphic design by creating and printing a T-shirt. Run through each step of the design process, from the inception of an idea to producing your shirt. No matter how much (or how little) experience you have, this workshop will provide the knowledge and material needed to make your own T-shirt.

***Transportation is provided from Mt. Abe and VUHS, and back again.***

The Teen Makery at the Hannaford Career Center welcomes all high school aged students, Thursdays after-school from 3:15 – 5:00pm. All students can participate in the sewing, games, woodworking, poetry and improv labs or sign up for a specific workshop. The sewing lab is full but call to get on the waiting list!

For more information or questions, email Nancy Yannett at nyannett@csac-vt.org.

Time: Every Thursday 3:15 - 5:00 pm

Place: Hannaford Career Center, 51 Charles Ave, Middlebury, VT

More Info: To discuss transportation needs, or for further information, please email Nancy Yannett at nyannett@csac-vt.org or call the Career Center at 802-382-1012

Capital Project Update

February break allowed for much work to be completed while students and staff were out of the building.

  • Alliance Mechanical connected ductwork to the heating/ventilating units that were hung in the Natural Resources Management, Industrial Design, Mechanical Science, and Construction Technology labs during the December vacation.

  • MEI, the electrical contractor, and Control Technologies ran wires to power these units.

  • AP Dailey has installed cabinetry in the new Sustainable Agriculture classroom at North Campus and the playlab area at Main Campus.

  • Contractors installed new stairs at North Campus.

  • The flooring contractor installed the VCT tile in the new classroom at North Campus.

  • The asbestos contractor removed asbestos from an area around air handling unit #2 in preparation for work that will have to occur this summer when the unit is replaced.

  • Contractors have begun sealing the area at the top of the shop walls to provide the smoke barrier required by code at Main Campus.

  • Lighting fixtures continue to be swapped out for more efficient and dimmable LED ones at both campuses.

In general, things are moving along well. Ken Sullivan, our EEI project manager, has put in a great amount of work to get us this far and setting us up well for summer completion on the capital project.

News & Updates from Some of Our Addison County Partners

Middlebury Union High School Weekly Newsletter

Check out the 3/10/23 MUHS newsletter here.

Mt. Abraham Union High School Weekly Notice

Check out the weekly notice for the week of 3/6-3/10 here.

Vergennes Union High School Weekly Newsletter

Check out the 3/5/23 VUHS Newsletter here.

United Way of Addison County

Check out the February update from 2/23/23 here.

The "LIVE UNITED" Volunteer Scholarship Award is now OPEN! The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize a high school senior who has volunteered in the Addison County community during their high school career and is interested in advancing their education. One student will be awarded a $3,000 cash award to be used for postgraduate education. This could be college, trade school, adult education, etc.

More information can be found in this flyer. Many students think of volunteering as just helping in a food shelf or helping out in assisted living facilities. We want to make sure that students know they have probably already volunteered doing things that make them eligible for this opportunity! There is more information on our website here. The application can also be found here.

Addison County Chamber of Commerce - February 2023

Check out what's in this month's issue!

- "Behind the Scenes" features Dakin Farm's Sam Cutting

- "Meet the Board" highlights Ned Horton of Otter Creek Deli and Hare of the Dog

- We bring you up to date on the progress of the new Addison County Visitor Center

- Wonder Web Creative is the subject of "New Member Closeup"

- Mixer and Educational Seminar Schedules are finalized


Program Advisory Committees

How can community members get involved or support the career center?

State statute requires that each program at the career center have an advisory committee. The committee for each program meets a minimum of twice per school year to review the program and help inform decisions made about the focus and course of study. If you have expertise in one of our program areas and are interested in learning more about how you can help, please contact Jay Stetzel, Assistant Director, at jstetzel@pahcc.org. Thanks.

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.

Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center

The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center ensures equal employment and educational opportunities regardless of race, color, creed, gender, age, handicapping condition/disability, national origin, or sexual orientation, in compliance with federal and state law.