Full steam ahead (literally)! We are busy preparing for our Appreciation Night dinner taking place this evening. The Culinary Arts students have been busy all week preparing a feast featuring gnocchi, porchetta, and many other delicacies! But they haven't been the only ones to lend a helping hand; The brisket served tonight was prepared with the help of our Building Trades students who constructed a smoker right in our parking lot! We also have some alumni in the house: Jasmine and Aaron have been here all week helping us prepare for the big night. We are excited to host all of our amazing students and families tonight. Northwest Technical Center wouldn't be the wonderful place that it is without the amazing students, parents, and guardians that make up our community!
We love it when alumni come to visit! Jasmine and Aaron, past Culinary Arts students, are both recent graduates of the Culinary Institute of America (Baking and Pastry). We are so proud of them! And speaking of pride, congratulations to another Culinary Arts alumnus, Joe Rock, on his appointment as Head Chef at Ranch Camp in Stowe. Read more about the exciting endeavor that combines mountain bike sales and service with casual grab-and-go foods here: https://m.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/stowes-ranch-camp-combines-bikes-beer-and-burritos/Content?oid=16089933
Our Medical Professions II students were joined by Jill Berry Bowen, CEO of Northwestern Medical Center, and Dr. Fontaine, Director of Lifestyle Medicine, in a discussion of current issues and trends in healthcare. Together, they brainstormed the importance of wellness and preventing disease in our community.
Our Curiosity Corners Preschool friends spent some time observing bumble bees this morning! The preschool is an important part of our Northwest Technical Center family, serving as a lab for our Human Services students and providing quality child care for the tiniest members of the St. Albans community.
Today, the Cosmetology I class welcomed a guest presenter from Pretty in a Minute! Drew Suza taught us about the materials hot tools are made from, the good and the bad, and demonstrated different types of styling techniques! He also emphasized the importance of staying “teachable” in this ever growing industry.
Today we broke ground on our new Culinary Pollinator Rain Garden! With grant funding from the STEM Challenge Initiative and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, and collaboration with Heald Funeral Home, the garden will include 26 kinds of berry bushes, 23 species of perennial culinary herbs and vegetables, and 23 species of perennial flowers. We will be posting updates so you can watch our garden grow!
Our Human Services and Public Safety &Fire Services classes are engaged in Umatter training this morning. The objective of suicide prevention is to remove the stigma associated with suicide and mental health issues so that people will be more likely to seek help when they need it. We would like to thank Katie Mable and Lance Metayer from Northwest Counseling for providing our students with this opportunity.
Our Building Trades students have been working hard to complete this storage shed that was delivered to it's new home today - the Missisquoi Valley Union baseball field! Did you know that MVU is one of Northwest Technical Center's two sending schools? That's right - we are not just the "BFA Tech Center"! We love collaborating with both of our sending schools.
Today Chief Baker returned to our Public Safety Fire Services class to process the results of our students interview skills. Chief Baker discussed what the students did well and areas of improvement for future interviews. We are very lucky to have our local partners help our students with skills needed to be successful in today's world of work. Mr. Antoniak and our students would like to thank Chief Baker for taking time out of his busy schedule to help us with these important skills.
Yesterday was Tech & Engineering Day @ Northwest Technical Center! We had a great time hosting around 165 students from Fairfield Center School, Missisquoi Valley Union, St. Albans City School, and St. Albans Town Educational Center. The 6th-8th grade students competed in a series of STEM related challenges and showed great innovation and drive! Congratulations to all of the medal winners! Special thanks to BFA, St. Albans and STEM Challenge Initiative for partnering with us to host this fabulous annual event.
The Cosmetology II students are working on The Law of Color and learning the color wheel. Today, they worked with guest instructor Tyler Hermanson from Williston, who has been leading painting classes for over 5 years. Students spun the color wheel to decide what colors each of them would use on their canvas. They then had to use complementary and contrasting colors to create a image that fit together as one. Thank you for the great, hands-on lesson Mr. Hermanson!
This morning there was a threatening message found in a stall in a NWTC bathroom. SAPD was immediately contacted to ensure that the situation was addressed appropriately and thoroughly. Although a low level threat and likely a hoax, as a precaution we evacuated the buildings and conducted a search to make sure there were no suspicious items in either school. The safety of our children is always our primary concern. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Sincerely, Leeann Wright, NWTC Director Chris Mosca, BFA Principal
Last month, our Cosmetology students attended the Cosmetology in Action Student Hair Show in Nashua, NH. Students competed in an updo mannequin competition, met with salon vendors, post secondary schools, and observed classes. They also toured Micheals School of Design and Paul Mitchel School in Bedford, NH.