The Huot Career and Technical Center in Laconia joins a select group of New HampshireCTE centers whose programs qualify for New Hampshire Scholars 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.
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!
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.
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.