- 26 Dewey Street
Laconia, NH 03246
David Warrender, Director
The Huot Technical Center has been awarded a technology grant by the 3M Corporation to purchase a new 3D printer. The printer will support students in our Manufacturing Engineering Technology and Pre-Engineering tracks.
A 3D utilizes thin layers of plastic to create life-like and in some cases working models of products. These 3D models allow engineers and designers to test a new product before going through the costly fabrication process. 3D printers can create anything from simple geometric shapes to working tools and almost anything else. While state-of-the-art when purchased, the Huot’s current 3D current is an older model and has become costly to maintain. The new printer will allow students greater flexibility in design and a faster “build-time” on projects.
The MET and Pre-Engineering program is taught by Ken Martin with program assistant Bill Gile. The class is at 100% enrollment capacity for the coming year. Students take a common foundation course before choosing a track in either Pre-Engineering or Manufacturing Technology. Both programs pull heavily from the Engineering By Design framework and are offer alignment to post-secondary schools in NH along with optional industry certifications.
3m is a global technology leader with a commitment to supporting education. The company has a facility in Tilton, NH.
On Friday April 4th, the Huot Technical Center hosted its First Annual Senior Conference: “This Is It!” Designed to help students with the daunting transition from high school to the world of work or further education. The seminar was attended by 150 students from Belmont, Franklin, Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Laconia and Winnisquam Regional High Schools.
The conference focused on student’s fears and concerns of the unpredictable world out-side of their familiar school surroundings and offered students advice and guidance of how to navigate their roles ahead. The following workshops focused on different aspects of adult life: Personal Health and Wellness; Money Matters for Young Adults; Living Like an Adult and Decision Making, the Ying and Yang of Yes and No. The stimulating community speakers were: Michael Seymour, Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook; Jen Schongalla, a registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours of training; James Glover and Eric Petell, TD Bank; Chief Mike Moyer (Retired), Laconia Police Department and Officer Patrick O’Reilly, Belknap Correctional Facility. (pictured above)
We, the Huot Class of 2014, would like to thank all those guest speakers for giving us a beneficial insight into “Life as an adult” because for us: “This really is it!”
All involved can conclude that the conference was a great success and the Senior Conference will be back in 2015.
Written By: Shyanne Labrecque, Student – Huot Center, 2014
Students in the Lakes Region will have more choices in their education next fall. The J. Oliva Huot Center is preparing to expand two existing programs and launch a new Resort and Recreation Management program for fall of 2014.
The current two programs slated for expansion are Law Enforcement and Biotechnology. Law Enforcement will expand from a one-semester exploratory course to a full two-year program preparing students for a variety of protective service careers. The exploratory course, taught by former Laconia Police Chief Mike Moyer, has been very popular. The hope is to eventually grow the program into a full protective-services academy featuring elements of law enforcement, fire fighting and EMT training. Also on the agenda for expansion is Biotechnology which will be adding a second-year option allowing students increased skills and college-readiness for this expanding career sector. Biotechnology, like many health-related fields, has seen steady job growth and provides salaries starting in the upper $40,000 range immediately out of college with significant potential for advancement. Biotechnology careers include work with gene-therapy, development of vaccines and medicine and variety of other laboratory based medical careers. Laconia High School students currently have the option to take Biotechnology for Honors credit and the Huot Administration is hopeful that other sending high schools will follow suit. Students in Biotechnology can currently earn college-credit through Southern Maine Community College and additional college-credit opportunities are being developed for both courses.
Students will have the opportunity to earn a series of nationally-recognized credentials from the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The goal, explains Warrender, is not to simply get students their first-job but to show them the career-ladder for a variety of management level occupations within the hospitality industry. Are groups and businesses such as Gunstock Mountain, The Lake Opechee Inn and the Lakes Region Association have already stepped up to show their support. The Huot Center is also in the final stages of creating an agreement with the Margate Resort through which students would spend their entire second year on-site learning all aspects of resort operations. This model has been successfully used at several other high schools in New Hampshire with many students walking directly into jobs upon graduation.