HYDE PARK – Green Mountain Technology and Career Center awarded Certificates of Completion to 121 students on June 13. This year GMTCC recognize e students who have achieved Platinum status on the ACT WorkKeys assessment. The WorkKeys is a standardized test that all students who attend career and technical education in Vermont must take at least once while at their center. The test covers applied mathematics, workplace documents, and graphic literacy. Students earn scores in each domain, with seven being the highest possible score. Each year GMTCC scores in the top quarter of the state in each area when compared to other centers, and each year a number of students earn a score of six or better on all three. With these scores students earn an Industry recognized credential of value, the Platinum National Career Readiness Certificate, and upwards of six elective college credits.
Students from Hazen Union who completed their studies are: Allied Health: Royelle Crown, National Technical Honor Society and ACT WorkKeys NCRC Platinum; Orin Foran, Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist; and Emily Molleur, ACT WorkKeys NCRC Platinum. Adeline-Elizabeth Noyes completed studies in Allied Health II.
Also Automotive Technology: Justin Bashaw, Keith Massey, Ty Metevier and Aaron Putvain;
Business Administration: Sarah Collier, National Technical Honor Society; Lydia Hall, Autumn Hislop.
Computer Networking Technology: Alex Appleby, Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist; Andrew Dunn, Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist.
Certificates in Construction Technology were awarded to Evie Hulme, National Technical Honor Society, ACT WorkKeys NCRC Platinum; Bailey Shepard, Kerson Vanleuven and Devin Whipple; and in Creative Media Art & Design: Keagan Fleming.
Also awarded certificates were Culinary Arts: Brianna Hess, Victoria Shepard; Electrical Technology: Daniel des Groseilliers, National Technical Honor Society and Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist; Forestry & Land Management: Jacob Davison, Morgan Foster, National Technical Honor Society; Tyler Hopkins, Matthew Langdell, Zachariah Langmaid, Cyrus Tanner and Matthew Verboncoeur; Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning II: Haley Michaud, National Technical Honor Society, Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist.
Certificates were presented for Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems: Rhea Apicelli-Abel, National Technical Honor Society, Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist, ACT WorkKeys, NCRC Platinum and a student speaker at the ceremony; Pre-Technology: Baylie Christensen, Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist, Madeline Kaiser, Marissa Langmaid, Career & Technical Student Organization Medalist, Alec Larrabee, Ayden Laundry, Emma Rowell and Aster Watkevich.
Students from Craftsbury who completed their studies are: Computer Networking Technology: Aidan Moffatt; Creative Media Art & Design: Haley Smith; and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems: Satie Audet.
Morgan Foster of Hardwick received a Land Stewards Award presented by the Vermont Land Trust, along with a check for $300. Nine other students across the state also received awards.
“Vermont’s youth have always stepped up to the challenge and opportunities of caring for our farms and forestland, and it’s exciting to see the next generation taking shape,” said Tracy Zschau, Interim President of the land trust. “We’re proud to celebrate Morgan as a winner among this year’s Land Stewards Awards.”
Since 2005, the Vermont Land Trust has recognized outstanding high-school students who are dedicated to agriculture and forestry. Juniors and seniors enrolled in agricultural, food and natural resource programs in Vermont schools are nominated by their teachers.
Foster thinks we live in a beautiful state. The senior in Green Mountain Technology and Career Center’s Forestry program grew up around farming, horses, logging, hunting, and maple sugaring. Her family has a 1,000-tap sugarbush, and she has helped them with the operation since they collected sap with a horse-drawn sleigh.
In nominating Foster for the Land Stewards Award, her Forestry and Land Management instructor, Meghan Luther, called Foster a go-getter with an impressive drive to get things done. Foster earned recognition from the National Technical Honor Society.
Outside of class, Foster has judged horses for 4-H and works for family members in the livestock, logging/sawmill and land management industries. She recently worked at Laggis Brothers Farm in East Hardwick in the calf barn and at Hope Grows horse farm in Hyde Park.
Foster plans to continue her involvement in butchering with her grandfather, as well as her work at Laggis Brothers Farm and Hope Grows. She hopes to become a large animal veterinarian and has applied to Vermont Technical College’s Veterinary Technology program.