Townie Tech Newsletter

The EPHS CTC Bi-Weekly Update

Welcome to the Team, Mrs. Paniccia!!!

The East Providence High School CTC welcomed our newest Instructor, Mrs. Paniccia to the Dental Assisting Program this month. We are extremely excited to have Mrs. Paniccia as she comes to us with over 20 years of Dental experience working in offices as both an Assistant and Hygienist. Most recently Mrs. Paniccia was teaching Dental Hygienics at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Her mix of classroom and workplace experience are perfectly tailored to the EPHS CTC's mission of preparing students to be both college and career ready when they complete our programs. Perhaps most important to our young Dental Assistants, is that Mrs. Paniccia brings a warm, caring, nurturing persona, has a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, and a great sense of humor. It took no time for our students and staff to warm up to her.

Mrs. Paniccia is filling a vacancy left when Mrs. Carreiro departed in November to take a job teaching closer to her home in Massachusetts. Our students and staff were sorry to see Mrs. Carreiro go, but happy that she found a teaching position that will be better for her and her family.

We did not have an immediate replacement for Dental Assisting, so the position was temporarily filled by Dr. Jenkins, one of our most reliable substitutes who is a retired teacher and professor. Dr. Jenkins did an amazing job providing stability and keeping our Dental Assisting students learning during the hiring process. Thank you Dr. J!!!

Students Serving Students

On Tuesday morning, students from our Culinary Program served delicious and fluffy chocolate chip pancakes to Juniors from Mr. Silva's Social Studies Classes during WIN. This was a part of a reward for Mr. Silva's students for serving other Townies in need.

In December, Mr. Silva's students pitched in to participate in the Gingerbread Express, a program in which individuals purchase gifts for East Providence Public School Students whose families are in need. We are very proud and grateful to these young men and women for being shining examples of Townie Pride with their thoughtful generosity, and we are very glad to have been able to provide them with the Tuesday morning treat as a token of appreciation!

Another Huge Haul for the RI Blood Center!

On Friday, 1/27, the RI Blood Center was back at EPHS for a drive run by students and teachers of our Health Occupations Program. This time the drive was held in the auditorium instead of the gym, but it ran just as smoothly, with even more participation.

In total, we collected 66 pints of blood, 16 pints more than our goal, and enough to save 198 lives. As always, students who were above the age of 16 could donate with parental permission, and received 2 hours of community service credit toward graduation for their contribution.

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Applying to a CTC Program

The application for admission to the Career and Tech Center will be open on our website,, beginning on February 1st and will close on March 15th. Students may apply any time between those dates, and all applications will be considered equally regardless of when, within the application window that they are received.

As part of the application, student will be asked to write a cover letter explaining why they would like to join the CTC program they are applying for. That letter will be the primary consideration in acceptance. We will begin to review all applications on 3/16 and notify applicants of acceptance in mid April.

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