2016 Cardboard Boat Race
As the first day of fall fell on the Connecticut River Valley, summer-like conditions prevailed for the annual RVTC Cardboard Boat Race. And it's a good thing because many students found themselves in the pond as their boats took on water and sunk. The 10th annual event was amped up with at the AVP program sporting the portable sound system to create a fun atmosphere. With the music cranking, teams headed off to the banks of the pond to embark on a race of speed and survival. The morning session winners were the Audio Video Production Program with the "Rice Pilaf" Boat. They beat the "X Mark" Boat from the Horticulture and Natural Resources Program.The Afternoon Session winners were the Criminal Justice Program's "Doughnut Destroyer II" Boat. They beat the "Fishy Business" Boat from the Business and Financial Services Program. This was a rematch of the Heat 5 qualifier, and one of the best races in the history of the Cardboard Boat Races at RVTC. The Titanic Awards went to the "Thing - A - Majig" Boat from Human Services Program and the "All Hands On Deck" Boat from the Information Technologies Program for the most dramatic sinking.
New Information Technology Instructor Kristen Wilson
With an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Education Technology, Kristen Wilson joins the faculty of the River Valley Technical Center after working for many years as a teacher at Leland and Gray high school. She was hired last spring and visited the Tech Center and the Information Technology program on several occasions. Ms. Wilson said she is excited to meet new and returning IT students who she found to be interested, motivated and filled with curiosity and determination. She is also intrigued by the advisory board her program has and how she will be able to connect with businesses in the region to ensure what she is teaching in her program matches what the industry needs. She sees this connection with business as an opportunity for personal growth and learning as well as a networking opportunity for students.
Welcome Guidance Counselor Nicole Rohrer
As students enter the atrium for their tech programs this fall, they'll be greeted by at least one new face. Nicole Rohrer, River Valley Technical Center's new Guidance Counselor. Ms. Rohrer who has a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and English from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Education from the University of Central Florida, comes to RVTC after serving as school counselor of a large Title I school in Florida. She said she is looking forward to helping students in an environment where she can truly help make a difference in their lives. "Kids want to be here and they're earning tangible certifications. They're excited about their future opportunities." Said Rohrer. She said she is looking forward to meeting students in the morning and afternoon and will have an open door policy in her office just off the atrium.
Aaron Douglas Dependability Awards
The River Valley Technical Center awarded the Aaron Douglas Outstanding Dependability award to 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.
2016 National Technical Honor Society
A National Technical Honor Society ceremony was held at the River Valley Technical Center on Wednesday, May 25th, where twelve new students were inducted. Scott Farr, Director, welcomed parents and friends. Diane Gomes, RVTC counselor was the advisor. Students went through a candle lighting ceremony followed by the pledge. The 2016 members inducted were: Jennifer Anders, a senior from Springfield High School, enrolled in Human Services; Kolbi Briere, a junior from Springfield High School, enrolled in Human Services; Sofia Gulick, a sophomore from Springfield High School, enrolled in Technology Essentials; William Hudson, a junior from Green Mountain Union High School, enrolled in Human Services;