National Automotive Technology Competition Updates


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Huot students representing the State of New Hampshire, ranked 26th in the National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show.

Automotive Students William Gove IV and Ryan Despres experienced a chance of a lifetime representing the Huot Technical Center at the competition. It was a very challenging two days  but the two boys took it in their stride. Day one focused on everything from job interview skills to CAN BUS diagnostic abilities.​ On day two, the students demonstrated skills learned from the Huot Technical Center to perform real world repairs on a bugged vehicle.

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The students expressed great excitement and commented on how much fun and what a great experience they were able to have because of this amazing opportunity. A highlight was meeting retired NASCAR Champion, Rusty Wallace.

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Business support of education is alive and well at the Huot Center. The regional career center located in Laconia recently received significant donations from Tractor Supply in Tilton and Eptam Plastics of Northfield.

Tractor Supply has donated material several times in the past with this year’s donation consisting of well over a $1000 in power equipment. The equipment, mostly hand tools, were part of a product-line switch over. A variety of brand new saws, drills, impact drivers and grinders will be put into immediate use across the center.

Eptam’s donation of tooling specific to CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines are capable of cutting various metals e.g. steel, aluminum, stainless steel, and many classifications of plastics. Because many of the tools are made from a solid-carbide material, they can cut materials at much greater speeds and can last much longer. In addition, some tools have a diamond particle coating for machining abrasive plastics; something Huot students have never been able to experience because of the tool cost which can range from $300 and up for each tool. Dozens of these tools were donated to the center’s Manufacturing and Engineering program.

The Huot Center is fortunate to receive many donations of both material, time and scholarship money each year from a variety of local businesses and individuals who support the school’s mission.

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Huot Career and Technical Center Signs Credit Agreement with Plymouth State University

Students at the J. Oliva Huot Career and Technical Center will have more opportunities to demonstrate their college readiness in the coming year.

Topping the list of expanded partnerships is a five-credit articulation agreement with Plymouth State University. Through this arrangement, students completing the Huot Center’s Bio-Medical Technology program will have the opportunity to earn four credits in biology at PSU and one credit for a lab safety course. Huot Center administration sees this agreement as the first step in an expanded relationship with the University.

“Research shows us that students need to do something beyond high school to succeed in most career fields,” explains HTC Director David Warrender. “That could be a professional certificate, apprenticeship or a two- or four-year college. With our programming expanding into areas such as health science, criminal justice and high-end technology, the four-year degree is really becoming the norm.” Warrender anticipates the two schools working together on agreements for subjects such as business and careers in education in the months ahead.

For Plymouth State, the agreement means a direct connection with potential students who have already narrowed down their long-term career goals. “PSU is excited to be able to provide Huot bio-medical technology students a direct pathway into our biological sciences and chemistry programs. Enabling these students to advance into rigorous specialized courses provides them with opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, promotes strong student-faculty mentoring and keeps students on a dynamic career trajectory,” said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. “We look forward to developing additional partnerships with the Huot Career and Technical Center that will include business, criminal justice, education and the health professions.”

The bio-medical technology program at HTC provides students with authentic laboratory experiences to explore careers as researchers, geneticists, biochemists, epidemiologists, forensic scientists, pharmacists and other clinical laboratory careers. Students learn about DNA and genetics, microbiology, genetic engineering, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology. The use and application of advanced laboratory techniques and equipment that replicate the work being done by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies around the world—and in New Hampshire—is also taught.

The Huot Center serves high school students from across the Lakes Region. Students or parents interested in learning more should contact their high school guidance counselor or contact the Huot Center at (603) 528-8693. For more information about Plymouth State University visit

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