Nothing “soft” about skills displayed at NH ProStart Invitational

By | April 19th, 2018|Article|

Although often referred to as “soft,” teamwork, communication, problem solving and critical thinking are skills in high demand in the workplace today, which makes the NH ProStart Invitational so unique. Held in early March at UNH, this culinary competition pits high school teams from across the state against one another, as they demonstrate these skills [...]

Teen Safety To Take Center Stage

By | March 30th, 2018|Article|

On May 29th, a packed house is expected at Pinkerton Academy from 6 to 9 pm in the Stockbridge Theatre for the first annual SAFETEEN Awards and Film Festival. At the event, awards will be given out I various categories, some of which include: Best Fire Safety Film, Best Suicide Prevention Film, Best Substance Abuse [...]

Early College Program Provides Opportunities

By | March 13th, 2018|Article|

In an industry that is expected to keep booming for years, careers in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) are not only desirable, but lucrative. According to local HVAC companies actively involved in the Program Advisory Board at Manchester Community College (MCC), the current annual salary for an experienced HVAC Technician is about $70k. By [...]

Whelen Engineering and CTE Leaders Working Together

By | February 28th, 2018|Article|

Among several related objectives, one of the most important for the NH Association of Career and Technical Administrators (NHCTA) is to form meaningful partnerships with industry. One such partnership is with the Whelen Engineering Company, Inc, which will host a meeting on March 9 at its manufacturing facility in Charlestown, NH with CTE directors and [...]

Concord High School Automotive Technology Teacher Wins National Award

By | February 26th, 2018|Article, Automotive|

Concord Regional Technical Center Automotive Technology teacher Scott Mayotte has been recognized as one of the top skilled trades teachers in the country in the annual Harbor Freight Tools for Schools national competition. His $30,000 prize is a split award, with $10,000 going to Mr. Mayotte and $20,000 going to his automotive program at the [...]

Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association to Host First All-Day Workshop

By | February 22nd, 2018|Article|

On Friday, April 13, the Vermont/New Hampshire Career Development Association (VTNHCDA)will host its first ever all-day workshop at Keen State College. According to Doug Cullen, past president of the association, the gathering will be “a small event, but with great speakers," each of whom will initiate conversations around Transition Planning for students and young adults [...]

CTE Program Enables Youth to go for “a Ride”

By | January 24th, 2018|Article|

Traditional educational approaches often focus on theory as opposed to practical application, which does not define STEM CTE programs, according to Frank Xydias, engineering instructor at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center in Milford. "Many of the problems we solve in STEM classes are open-ended and grounded in solving real-world problems," he said. Such [...]

Employment Pipeline Gets a Boost

By | January 17th, 2018|Article|

One of the biggest challenges facing employers today is how to connect with today's students to create a working employment pipeline. This challenge may have been ameliorated recently with a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division ruling on January 5, which provides less stringent guidelines regarding internships. According to Doug Cullen of Pinkerton [...]

Informational Industry Tours a Big Hit at SST

By | January 4th, 2018|Article|

In early December, dozens of school counselors, school board members and administrators attended an Informational Industry Tour at the Seacoast School of Technology (SST) in Exeter. At this event, the focus was on the Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality Industry, according to Equity Counselor Sharon Spooner. "Our aim for providing this tour was for school counselors, [...]

Workforce Readiness Through the HR Lens

By | December 8th, 2017|Article|

With NH currently facing a workforce shortage that is only expected to grow more serious in the next few years, the HR State Council of New Hampshire has become an increasingly important and vocal resource. "Our focus is to support the HR community through legislative efforts, networking events and a variety of HR related initiatives, [...]