Students in the Lakes Region will have the opportunity to learn about careers in building trades through a hands-on summer program offered through the J. Oliva Huot Career and Technical Center. The program will run June 22nd-26th and is open to current 7th and 8th grade students from any community within the Huot’s six sending districts.
During the camp participants will explore different aspects of the building trades including carpentry, plumbing, electrical and even landscaping. Activities will include an introduction to hand-tools, visits to employers and a chance to try putting their new skills and knowledge into practice in a safe and supervised manner. The program is being taught by HTC’s Plumbing and Heating Instructor Mike Schofield.
This the Huot Center’s first summer offering since opening the renovated building in 2013. HTC Director David Warrender sees this as a first step toward a full menu of summer offerings at the regional career center. Prior to starting as HTC Director, Mr. Warrender oversaw a large middle-school summer program at a center in Vermont. He sees that as a model for what could be developed here in Laconia.
“It is really important that students get early exposure to career choices,” explains Warrender. “We believe career based education should be a part of every student’s high school career. Getting this information in front of students while they are in 7th or 8th grade is key to making that goal a reality.”
Registrations for the camp are on a first come, first serve basis and are being accepted now. Maximum enrollment is twelve students and there is a twenty-five dollar registration fee to help off-set supply cost. Parent’s may request a financial waiver to this fee. For information and to download the application, visit the HTC website at www.huottech.org.