AVP Awarded Gold at SkillsUSA Nationals
RVTC Awards & Scholarships
The River Valley Technical Center held its annual awards ceremony honoring students for being program completers, earning industry recognized credentials, college credit and gold medal winners. Technical Center scholarships were awarded to students who achieved the highest standards in technical education and who plan on pursuing a post-secondary education. The Director's award, awarded to one student who exemplifies the mission and qualities of the River Valley Technical Center was presented to Cameron Chiesa. His name will be permanently displayed on the Director's Award plaque at RVTC. The Horticulture and Natural Resources, William Drude Memorial Scholarship and the Vermont Land Trust Award were awarded to Brennan Douglas of Bellows Falls Union High School. The New England Culinary Institute scholarship was awarded to Elizabeth Manuel from Black River High School. The Tom Leever Health Careers scholarship was awarded to Morgan Little of Green Mountain Union High School. The Christine Lawler Scholarship was awarded to Makayla Smith from Springfield High School. The VSAC Vermont Honor Scholarship was also awarded to Makayla Smith.
Officer Bopp talks Internet Safety
It's hard for us to imagine life without social media, but the advice for high school students from a New Jersey police officer is that if you have to go there, do everything you can to protect yourself. The River Valley Technical Center invited Frank Bopp, a patrolman with the Tom's River, NJ police department and the Tom's River North High School's resource officer, to the Tech Center recently. He told students that they put themselves and their privacy at risk each time they log on. Bopp asked students how many friends they had on Facebook. Answers shouted out from the audience ranged from 100, to 200 to over 1,000. "No one has that many friends for real, why would you let complete strangers into your life via Facebook or other social media sites?" asked Bopp.
He described the frenzy over friends as a numbers competition and that many young people feel they need to compete with their peers to see who has the most friends. "What you're doing is you're opening up your world to not only the friends you've accepted into your social media life, but all of their social media friends as well." Mr. Bopp went on to explain that even if your privacy settings are set to private, access to your pages, photos and information is still easily accessible to anyone.
Aaron Douglas Award Recipients
The River Valley Technical Center awarded the Aaron Douglas Outstanding Dependability award to 32 of its level I and level II students. The Aaron Douglas Outstanding Dependability Award is named in honor of a former Horticulture and Natural Resources Program student from Green Mountain Union High School, who displayed outstanding dependability in the face of very challenging circumstances. In order to be considered for the Aaron Douglas Outstanding Dependability Award a student must first have a 97% or better attendance rate. This is the first threshold for the Aaron Douglas Outstanding Dependability Award. The following is the remaining criteria: prepared to work each day, dresses appropriately, follows instructions, completes tasks, is true to his word. Aaron lost his battle to cancer while he was attending the River Valley Technical Center, a few years ago. To honor him, the following students are the 2013 -2014 Aaron Douglas Award Winners;
RVTC Inducts 14 New Members to the National Technical Honor Society
The River Valley Technical Center welcomed parents and students to the 24th annual induction to the National Technical Honor Society. Fourteen students representing five area high schools were recognized for their Skill, Honesty, Service, Responsibility, Scholarship, Citizenship, and Leadership which are all developed through Knowledge. RVTC Assistant Director, Scott Farr commented on how proud he was of the students for excelling in areas in order to succeed.