Culinary Arts Students Demonstrate Community Spirit

HTC_HTC_d3s6823_sStudents from the Culinary Arts Program at the Huot Technical Center are excited about their accomplishments and learning and wanted to show the community how they have mastered the concepts.   With proficiency, pride, and community spirit, the students participated in two meaningful community events.

First, the students baked cookies for the “Hands Across the Table” (HATT) dessert auction. Students teamed together, producing over 12 dozen assorted cookies to donate to the charity. The lesson was not only in the skills of baking, but the importance of good citizenship and developing community goodwill through their positive contribution. The cookie project helped HATT continue with their mission to offer free hot meals every Wednesday night from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Parish Hall of St. Andre Bessette. This is truly an invaluable lesson at this giving time of year.

The second notable event hosted by the students was the Huot Culinary Arts First Annual Parents Dinner. Junior and senior students studying Culinary Arts showcased their skills and created a four-course meal.  Over 50% of invited parents participated in the event, coming from Belmont, Center Harbor, Franklin, Gilford, Laconia, Meredith and Winnisquam. The dinner was creatively crafted and comprised of appetizers, salad, various entrees and many delicious desserts all prepared and served by the students. Parents were proud and delighted to see their children in action, sample their creations, and communicate with teachers in a comfortable, relaxed environment. Parents were very impressed and enthusiastic about the positive environment of the program. One parent expressed appreciation by stating that her son enjoys this program – he does not want to miss a day.

The Culinary Arts program is a hands-on operation that provides the students with fundamental skills needed for employment in the food service industry and higher education. 100% of the students earn the Food Handlers Servsafe Certification and acquire a high standard of learning with both occupational training and academic excellence, which makes them prepared for their future college and career goals.  Immersed in the culinary world at the Huot, students master the use of food preparation, equipment and tools, menu planning principles, effective communication, math calculations, safety and sanitation, workflow between dining room and kitchen operations, recipe conversions, team work, time management, commitment and more.

Career Pathways for students after graduating from the Huot include: Cook, Executive Chef, Baker, Pastry Chef, Food Service Manager, Dietician, Restaurant Manager, Food and Beverage Manager, General Manager.
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National Technical Honor Society Inducts 24 Students

Congratulations to the new members of the National Technical Honor Society. On Wednesday night, November 19th,  24 students from the Huot Technical Center were inducted into the prestigious National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) for outstanding achievement in their career & technical education programs.


Back row, left to right: William Gove, Automotive Technology, Zachary Hancock, Building Construction, Sean Cashman, Law/Pre-Engineering, Isaac Muniz, Plumbing & Heating, Eli Sorrell, Multimedia Communications, Devin Brown, Plumbing and Heating, Devin Akerley, Plumbing and Heating, Mohammad Abu Zaid, Multimedia Communications, Michael Ball, Plumbing and Heating, Danielle Maupin, Treasurer, Health Science and Technology, Kaidee Keyser, Health Science and Technology,  Emily Hauptman, Automotive Technology, Chelsey Drouin, Health Science & Technology,  David Engelsen, Health Science & Technology.   Front row: Alicia Gebo, Culinary Arts,  Devi Dhakal, Health Science & Technology, Nicole Rosas, Health Science & Technology, Bonita Olivares, Careers in Education, Sable Muzzey,  Careers in Education,  Lily Chanthasak, President, Allied Health Careers, Samantha Silva, Health Science & Technology, Taylor Cullen, Vice President, Health Science & Technology, Alyssa Hodges, Careers in Education, Sarah Dragon, Historian,  Health Science & Technology.



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Building Construction students connect to the community

Building Lockers 1Students from the Building Construction class built lockers for the non-profit, Gunstock Ski Club (GSC).   The club has grown in recent years and storage lockers used by members were in short supply. The perfect solution was to partner with the Building Construction program at the Huot Technical Center and local business Boulia Gorrell Lumber and Trustworthy Hardware.
The locker project was an excellent learning tool for the Building Construction students that provided quality education emphasizing core academic content, workplace competencies, technical skills, and better prepared students to meet challenges of the workforce.  The students successfully rose to all the challenges presented; the lockers were finished on time and completed to a high standard.

Boulia Gorrell Lumber provided materials for the project at discounted prices and Trustworthy Hardware donated the hardware need to provide tamper resistant doors.
To ensure the successful delivery to Gunstock Mountain, the students committed to a 5:00am start on a cold and wet Saturday morning, they  were all very competent, confident and happy to be part of the team.    GSC looks forward to having the quality built, low maintenance lockers for many years to come.


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Health Science Students Receive 2020 Insight

Careers in healthcare occupations will continue to skyrocket into the year 2020.   Within the first few weeks of attending the Huot Technical Center, Health Science students gained insight into what that means for their future. Health Science and Technology (HTC) covers a wide range of careers that encompass traditional, western and alternative medicine. The  HTC program provides students with opportunities to explore careers by traditional teaching practices, hands-on learning, and community partner presentations.  Within the last month presenters from the community have included: Carol Wallace, Reiki Master, Emily Clement, Life Coach; Kirk Beattie, Assistant Fire Chief, Laconia

Carol Wallace, Reiki Master

Heakth Science ReikeReiki, pronounced Ray-Key, means universal life force. It is a method of natural healing for your mind, body, and spirit based on a gentle form of hands-on healing that channels energy into the cells of the body.   Reiki has been known to effectively treat and heal all forms of physical injury and disease, sleep disturbances, as well as emotional blockages.

Carol Wallace is a Reiki Master Practitioner and teacher.  A certified graduate of the New England School of Whole Health Education, Carol has provided one-on-one Holistic Health Counseling for many years.   All student received a Reiki treatment through which they learned that it is a gentle, non-invasive experience of hands-on healing which results in a feeling of warmth,deep relaxation, and a sense of peacefulness.

Emily Clement, Life Coach

Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions, and transitions in the client’s personal life, relationships, or profession by examining what is going on right now, discovering what one’s obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make one’s life be what one want it to be..

Emily earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheaton College and a Master’s degree in school counseling from Plymouth State University.  She is currently a student at PSU’s PATH Institute (Personal Approaches to Transformation and Healing).  Emily is a certified Life Coach through the University of New Hampshire as well as the Life Mastery Institute.

Emily led the over forty senior students in an activity called Vision Quest. The activity helped students positively direct their goals and dreams toward the transition to young adulthood in preparation for graduation and college and career readiness.

Kirk Beattie, Paramedic, Assistant Fire Chief, Laconia Fire Department, Paramedic

Emergency responders care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. Firefighters and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

Assistant Chief Kirk Beattie has been employed with the Laconia Fire Department for over 17 years.  Kirk shared his career pathway, knowledge of emergency situations, and the role of a Fire fighter and Paramedic.

Kirk brought real life situations to the classroom as he reviewed the connections between Health Science and the mission of the Laconia Fire Department: To provide the citizens of Laconia and the visitors to the city with effective and efficient fire, medical, rescue, and environmental protection services. The Department’s mission is also to provide other necessary emergency services essential to the health, safety, and wellbeing of the community. These services include, but are not limited to, the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical services, extra hazardous rescues, and the mitigation of manmade, or natural, catastrophes.

In a very short period of time Health Science students gained insight into their future. This class is the foundation that can lead to many career pathways, including the study of many different types of medicine, health promotion, and disease prevention on both humans and animals.

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The K9 Experience

The first step to launching a successful career is to explore the different career options available.

Students studying Law Enforcement at the  Technical Center have many opportunities to explore exciting career options within the field ranging from local and state police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, fish and game wardens, criminal investigators, correctional officers and private security.  One thing they all have in common is the responsibility to protect citizens and their property, apprehend suspects and enforce the law.

Gilford Patrol Officer Adam P. VanSteensburg and his K9 Partner “Ike” presented to the Law Enforcement Class about the partnership between Ike and Officer VanSteensburg. Officer VanSteensburg explained the important role of dogs in law enforcement operations and the two main classifications of police dogs (K9’s), detection and general purpose.

K9 & ChiefWhile Detection dogs are most commonly trained to detect either drugs or explosives (never both) they can be trained to detect anything. In airports, for example, police canines have food detection dogs or ones that detect money. There are also K9s trained to detect cadavers (human remains), and even pregnant female lobsters (for fisheries officers).

General purpose K9s are trained in tracking, apprehension (bite work), article searches (items with fresh human scent, as in a gun that was thrown away), building searches, and open searches (suspects hiding in woods or field, no tracking). Throughout the presentation, Ike demonstrated various skills, with the highlight being the apprehension of a suspect, who in this case was played by Chief Moyer.

The K9 class presentation is one of many learning experiences that provide students with the knowledge and skills to transfer into higher education and the workforce.

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The Huot Career and Technical Center in Laconia joins a select group of New HampshireCTE centers whose programs qualify for New Hampshire ScholarNH Scholarss status. New Hampshire Scholars recognizes students who demonstrate high levels of achievement in a rigorous program of study throughout their high school career. The goal is to better prepare students for post-secondary and career success. New Hampshire is one of 24 states that offers some form of State Scholar program.

 “We are thrilled to see so many young people accepting the challenge of NH Scholars and succeeding,” explains Scott Power, Director of the NH Scholars Initiative.  “Since we began this initiative, there are more students choosing challenging classes like lab sciences, foreign languages and advanced math.  Now with the inclusion of CTE Programs, we are able to expand the students’ ability to customize their course of study and still recognize them for it. These courses provide our graduates with a more competitive skill set and they are more likely to be admitted to the college of their choice and secure the career of their dreams.”

Students pursuing a New Hampshire Scholars program of study must take a minimum number of courses in the Sciences, Mathematics, Social Studies, English and Foreign Language. Based on this new recognition certain courses taken at the Huot Center will count towards meeting that requirement. Courses in Pre-Engineering, Health Science and Biotechnology will satisfy one of the science requirements for New Hampshire Scholars. Other programs such as Careers in Education, Business/Financial Management and Law Enforcement are also eligible to meet various academic requirements.

“With the majority of CTE students now pursuing post-secondary education, this is an important distinction for our students,” says Huot Director David Warrender. “The opportunity to take a program at the Huot Center and continue pursuing a rigorous academic schedule will allow more students to participate in a career exploration activity during their high school career.” Laconia High School Principal Jim McCollum echoed those sentiments describing the collaboration as an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their college and career readiness and help shape their beliefs about their future educational opportunities.

The Huot Center offers thirteen different concentration areas and has an enrollment of approximately 480 students from across the Lakes Region. All six of the Huot Center’s partner high schools participate in the New Hampshire Scholars Program.

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Industry Certifications at Huot Center

After only three weeks of classes over 50 students are going home with their first Industry Recognized Certification. Students from Chef Jack Aldrich’s Culinary Arts Program and Mrs. Jannine Farrar’s Resort and Recreation Management Program have earned their Serv-Safe Food Handler Certification. This nationally recognized endorsement shows that these students understand the fundamental concepts of food safety and hygiene needed to prevent food borne illness. For the first time in the Huot Center’s history, 100% of both first and second level students have taken and passed the Serv-Safe certification.

Second level students will now have the opportunity to pursue additional certifications such as Allergen Aware also offered by Serv-Safe. Congratulations to all students!

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Community Based Learning

The Huot Center continues our focus on learning through strong community connections. With the fall semester just started our programs have already welcomed many community presenters ranging from a visit by the Laconia Police Canine Unit, several college recruiters and members of Up With People.

This past week, for example, Mr. Warren Murphy addressed our Pre-Engineering II class. Mr.  Murphy is a trained Nuclear Engineer working in the field of Nuclear power generation. He previously worked for Vermont Yankee, starting as a Nuclear engineer and  progressed to Senior Vice President during his tenure. Mr. Murphy still works in the field performing safety inspections of Nuclear plants located in various  locations in the US.

Mr. Murphy told the students about his background and the paths he took to become successful (as well as some of the pitfalls). He provided  some good guidance & direction for the students on what they need to do to become an engineer – experiences and classes (e.g., math & science as well as broad  range of courses to obtain interpersonal  skills & background).

These real world experiences allow our students to make informed decisions about their future career path.


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Huot Center Welcomes New Staff

This fall three new staff members will join almost 500 students as members of the HTC family!

Our Automotive Technology Program is pleased to welcome Geremy Annis as our Automotive Specialist. Geremy will be overseeing the “live-work” element of our program and be a primary contact for customers dropping off their vehicles. He will also assist with hands-on instruction and help us to maintain a safe and orderly facility. Geremy comes to us from Auto-Serve of Tilton where he was a Nissan Certified Technician. Geremy holds several ASE certifications and has an Associates degree in Automotive Technology.

The Law Enforcement Program is pleased to be adding a second section and a second instructor. Patrick O’Reilly will join Chief Michael Moyer as co-instructors of this programs. Patrick currently works at the Belknap County Jail and holds a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. He is pursuing his Masters degree in Public Administration and is actively involved in numerous community events/organizations including a strong involvement in LHS athletics.

Our last addition is Doreen Richard as instructor of Allied Health. Doreen grew up in this area and after a stint working and teaching in Florida is back in the Lakes Region. Doreen began her career in the dental field before going back to school to earn her Masters degree in Health Science. She has taught a wide variety of collegiate level courses in both Florida and more recently at Granite State College and at Lakes Region Community College. In addition to her two Associates degrees, Bachelors and Masters, Doreen will be conferring for her Doctorate this fall.

We look forward to working with all of these talented professionals.

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