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!

Grown, in 60 Seconds! Time-lapse Video

Watch the entire 2015 season of growth at the Manchester Community & Educational Garden as it grew from April to September!

Exclusive Tees printed this season's YAP! Shirts

Social Enterprises Working Together

Exclusive Tees printed this season's YAP! Shirts

Celia Overby, program director at Exclusive Tees brought us all the joys of spring – New YAP! shirts!

Nothing says spring like the arrival of a new season’s YAP! shirts!

This season’s shirts are cooler than ever as they were produced by another social enterprise, Exclusive Tees, that operates out of the Springfield, MA area.

Not unlike our YAP! program, Exclusive Tees provides vocational training, workplace skills, and employability programs but instead of using agriculture, they produce silk-screened products. The program is based in the Center for Human Development and gives committed youth in the residential program an enriching opportunity and valuable employment references.

TTC Snow School Students

TTC Snow School Recap

Snow School Students in the computer lab

Each winter The Tutorial Center Manchester provides the educational arm of  winter training for the athletes in training at the American Snowboard Training Center. This year’s group was as dedicated as ever to their studies, and their olympic dreams. We love being on their team.

Cole Chopper, Alex Atno, and Austin and Alphonse Esposito with their teachers in Global History, Graphic Design, and Algebra 2 classes at TTC Manchester. And below, check out more of this season’s excitement!