Isaac MThis month thousands of New Hampshire students will walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma. In the Lakes Region, this includes approximately 150 graduating seniors who attended two years at the J. Oliva Huot Career and Technical Center. While the Huot does not technically hand out diplomas, the center does take great pride in the graduation plans of their seniors. This year, 74 Huot students will go onto post-secondary education, 43 of whom will be working and attending school at the same time. All together, the Huot class of 2015 earned 221 college credits through the Running Start program at Lakes Region Community College, saving their families $41,000 in tuition.  This year’s Huot graduates also included thirty-eight students secured full- time employment.

When asked how the Huot helped them to become college-and-career ready, students replied with a variety of answers. “The Huot helps you achieve so much more than you would ever imagine,” says Bridgette Robichaud of Franklin, an Allied Health student. Bridgette has enrolled in the Dental Assistant Program at New Hampshire Technical Institute.

“My teachers taught me new skills and I reached many great accomplishments. More importantly, the class taught me how to cope with failure” explains Liam Gove who entered the Automotive program from Winnisquam Regional High School. Liam has secured a position as a boat technician with Winnisquam Marina. These sentiments were echoed by, Joe Judkins, another Winnisquam student attending the Building Construction program“The Building Class taught me many professional and personal skills; this built my self-confidence and ability to decide to join the military.” Joe is one of 10 Huot seniors who has opted to pursue a career in the armed services.

Over the past few years the Huot Center has significantly increased the number of college credits students can earn while still in high school. One example of this credit-earning potential is Mikayla Bordeau from the Huot’s Careers in Education program who has managed to earn 14 college credits while in high school including 11 from her class the career center. Mikayla has secured a position with Lakes Region Child Care Services, Inc. and has enrolled in the Elementary Education program at Plymouth State University.

While the majority of Huot students transition directly into a related field the workplace readiness skills can be transferred into a number of different career paths. Dacey Lecuyer, a Culinary Arts student, is taking the teamwork and customer service skills she learned through culinary arts in a different direction. “The program has taught me self-discipline and gave me confidence to be prepared for cosmetology school.” Dacey has enrolled at Empire Beauty School in Laconia.

For five years running the Huot Center has achieved a 100% pass-rate on the state exam for Licensed Nurse Assistants. One of this year’s candidates, Nicole Rosas of Belmont, could not be more pleased with her experience at the Huot Center and the opportunities it has provided for her future. “The program and my required 60 plus clinical hours helped me decide what I wanted to do after graduation. My teachers gave me great support and were always encouraging.” Nicole is enrolled in Arizona State University’s Nursing Program, and plans on working as a Licensed Nursing Assistant while attending school. Another student heading off to college this fall will be Brenton Clarke from the Huot’s Pre-Engineering program. “The Huot helped me create a solid foundation for a career in design, I was given the ability to use the latest version of industry standard CAD software, allowing me to prepare for college level work as well as my chosen career in design.” Brenton is attending the Savannah College of Art and Design, majoring in Industrial Design.

Closer to home, Multi-Media student Carly DeNauw plans on starting her post-secondary studies at Lakes Region Community College this Fall.  “The program taught me project management and the importance of quality of work” says DeNauw. Also staying in the Lakes Region is Isaac Muniz from the Plumbing and Heating program. “This program gave me knowledge, understanding and opportunity, through hands-on learning experience, to become an apprentice. Learning was a lot of fun and a great way to gain industry required skills.”  Isaac has secured a full-time plumbing apprenticeship with Joe Boxer Plumbing and Heating, LLC. An upturn in residential construction has lead to 90% of graduating Plumbing and Heating students securing full-time employment before graduation. This year also saw the addition and expansion of programs at the Huot Center. Inter-lakes Senior, Emilie Haight, spoke highly of her experience in the first ever Hospitality class at the Huot Center. In addition to classroom time, students spent one-day a week at the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, Meredith and Marriot Townplace Suites in Gilford. “The program and the internship helped me learn so much about the industry. It was a great experience.” Emilie is attending Johnson and Wales University for Event Planning.  LHS student Aaron Smith also had good things to say about the expanded Law Enforcement program.  “The class validates what you want to do and gives you a real insight into what you can expect from the career you want or don’t want!” Aaron’s lofty future goals include enlisting in the military, obtaining his criminal justice degree and eventually hoping to work at the Laconia Police Department.Menu 4-13

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The Huot Experience, A Student Perspective

Graduating Winnisquam High School Senior Meagan Hinxman reflects on her time as a Huot Technical Center Student. The presentation was a final project for her Myths and Symbols class at WRHS. Just one example of the fine work being done by HTC students!



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Huot Center to Offer Summer Construction Camp

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

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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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