TD Bank Bring change even in Bennington, Vermont

Thank You TD Bank for “Bringing Change!”

Jena Holmes-Thomas adds another contribution to the cause. Thanks to community support and a grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank Bennington Branch raised $2,257.29 for us through their Bring Change Program.

We are very so grateful for this generous donation and for TD Bank’s continuing support of our mission to deliver quality education to area students regardless of their circumstance. Tutorial Center students will directly benefit from this wonderful donation.

 

 

 

Blending Education and Workforce Development: Carpentry

Blending Education with Workforce Development

Blending Education and Workforce Development: Geometry In our latest Learning POD taught by David Thomas of Blue Spruce Construction, Tutorial Center adult ed students in our Bennington location use their measurement and geometry skills to plan a birdhouse, then learn basic carpentry skills while each building their own.

This pre-tech level Learning POD combines applied math with knowledge of carpentry tools, materials, joinery, basic woodworking skills and shop safety. And somewhere soon some lucky birds will have new custom-built homes!

Thanks to Home Depot for their support by providing materials and supplies.

Blending Education and Workforce Development: Carpentry Blending Education and Workforce Development: Construction

Comprehensive, Diagnostic, Learning Evaluations Now Available!

Responding to community requests, we are very pleased to announce that families and schools in Southern Vermont can now obtain professional comprehensive, diagnostic Learning Evaluations right at The Tutorial Center in Manchester Center!

Previously, a family seeking such assessments had to look far outside of Southern Vermont. Our certified assessors will provide thorough evaluations that include neurocognitive functioning in the areas of reading, writing, math, and executive functions. How can this child be supported for successful learning? Our evaluation results will include recommendations for parents and schools.

Click here to find out more!

James perfecting a pineapple upside down cake.

Innovative Adult Ed “Learning Pods” Blend Academics with Work Skills

Haluski, Latvian bread, fruit smoothies, upside down cake….now this is school!

Jessica perfects her stovetop teqhniques“There are a lot of amazing facts I’ve learned, especially since everything we cook, we start from scratch,” says Jessica. “This program made me very interested in baking, cooking, and gave me an idea of where I wanted to start in college.”

Over the winter, Adult Ed students in our “Cooking” pod have been building work and life skills (while strengthening their math and science) by learning to prepare, cook, and serve meals to TTC staff and other students.  TTC’s “learning pod” system is designed to motivate Adult Ed students by helping them apply knowledge and skills in real contexts that build skills that can be stepping stones to jobs.

This month we’ll be “building” more new skills and knowledge as a “Basic Carpentry” pod has just begun that will focus on tool use and materials understanding.

Manchester Community & Educational Garden Gets Dressed for a New Season!

We are so excited to begin our sixth season of managing the Manchester Community & Educational Garden! This past weekend a group of friendly, dedicated folks came together and got the garden in tiptop shape. Be sure to also take a look at Grown, In 60 Seconds! – our time-lapse video showing all of last season’s garden magic in under a minute!

The 1-1/2 acre garden is home to our acclaimed Manchester YAP! program, and MEMS Farm to School Program, plus around 20 individual families of gardeners.

The success of this garden, and it’s place in the Northshire community is a living, growing tribute to what can be accomplished when hearts, heads, and hands come together!