Nashua Technology Center Video Production and Broadcasting Program Wins National Recognition!

Nashua Technology Center Video Production and Broadcasting Program Wins National Recognition!

Advance CTE’s annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. Selected programs of study will exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters, show a true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities, and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success.

Nashua Technology Center South is the 2018 nationwide winner for the Arts, A/V Technology & Communication Career Cluster.  The program is the result of a school responding to the needs of its students. A survey revealed that students had a significant interest in the TV and Video Broadcasting Career Pathway. After a few years of planning with industry and education partners in the community, the Video Production & Broadcasting program was established in 2001. All students learn the basic foundation of media skills, from field to studio production. To support success in both career and college, learners earn a user certification in Avid Media Composer editing software and up to three college credits through the New Hampshire Community College system.   Read More

U.S. Representative Annie Kuster Promotes Career Education

U.S. Representative Annie Kuster Promotes Career Education

Representative Annie Kuster recently released a plan she terms the “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda.” Kuster highlighted the state’s relatively low jobless rate, saying the challenge now is to provide New Hampshire students the training they need to attain employment.

“We have the jobs and we’re looking for people with the skills to fill those jobs,” is how U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., describes the Granite State’s economy.

Nashua CTE Director, Amanda Bastoni, was on hand commenting “CTE is not your parent’s vocational program: it’s not where we put the ‘other kids.’ It’s really a true college or career pathway. If we can partner with industry to bring speakers in to do on-the-job training, to do summer classes to give kids those experiences, the research says they’ll make choices that we’re looking for with career and college,” Bastoni said.                          Full Article

NHJES offers unique opportunity for students

NHJES offers unique opportunity for students

Reflecting its mission “to provide education, leadership, and support for the profession of Engineering across all disciplines of practice,” the New Hampshire Joint Engineering Societies (NHJES) is inviting students to its annual fall conference in October.

NHJES is made up of organizations such as; Structural Engineers of New Hampshire (SENH), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and many more.

According to NHJES Board Member Frank Xydias, engineering instructor at Milford High School & Applied Technology Center in Milford, participation in the conference will provide students with a unique opportunity.

“It is not often that high school students have the opportunity to attend a professional workshop and present their concepts in a real-world application,” he said.

This year’s invitation follows a similar one for last year’s conference in which Milford students attended workshops and breakout sessions. In addition, students Matthew Chase and Nikolas Liamos brought their prosthetic bike project to showcase at the 2017 NHJES conference.

One change this year, however, is that the invitation is statewide and open to 12 different STEAM/STEAM groups. Xydias noted the grand vision for this year is to host 12 different groups that include 3 students and 1 teacher from the following groups: PLTW, VEX Robotics, US First Robotics, DOT TRAC, Young Inventors, or others. At this event, they will set up a table display with their projects.

“It is important for students to see the natural progression from interest to career and ways to support those careers through professional networks,” he said.

At the conference, high school students will also be able to learn about current technology and trends happening in industry.

“We ultimately hope these high school students will become members of NHJES or other professional organizations so they can give back in ways they received,” said Xydias. “We want them to see the value in collaboration and on-going training and education.”

He said there is also an immediate experiential learning component for students who attend the conference.

“Matthew and Nik arrived on-time at last year’s conference and ready to work,” he said. “In professional collars, shirt and tie, they greeted passers-by and talked about their project. It was the type of environment that challenged them to think about “why” and answer common questions about it, which is exactly what they will encounter in the engineering design process…It was a ‘text book’ idea board of sharing, but we were not in a classroom.”

These real world tests, noted Xydias provide students with valuable, potentially life-changing insight(s).

“Professional networking is a big part of this and other industries,” he said. “This conference can provide budding engineers with an inside glimpse into this world, a chance to talk to veteran engineers and learn from people in the industry today.”

To learn more about the conference, which takes place on October 9 in Concord and is supported by numerous sponsors who are donating space to students, visit

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10th Annual NH Construction Career Days

10th Annual NH Construction Career Days

This year’s Construction Career Days are scheduled for September 27th and 28th from 8:30-12:30.  It will be held at the Hillsborough County Youth Center Foundation in New Boston, NH.  New Hampshire Construction Career Days (NHCCD) exposes New Hampshire high school students to possible career paths in both the construction and transportation industries through a hands-on exhibits and educational resources.  Labor unions, construction companies, school districts, state agencies, trade and professional organizations collaborate to provide the students with an introduction to various aspects of construction.

This event increases career awareness in the construction and transportation industries through hands-on experience with heavy equipment, welding, small tools, plumbing, electrical wiring, surveying, waste water management, bridge construction, land clearing, underground utilities, and other construction related jobs.  Several secondary educational resources and career training pathways are available for students to learn about.  Professionals from a wide array of construction related work are available to speak with students and answer questions about their experiences in the construction industry and why they are so passionate about their career.

The day is open to all high school students, both male and female, via registration through a participating school.  In fact, one of the goals of this event is to Increase the attendance of women and minorities participating in this event to a target attendance of 25%.  Last year we were able to reach out to just over 14% females and 21% minorities.

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