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!

Food Revolution Day

We’re Joining the Revolution!

Food Revolution Tutorial Center Students Cooking at TTC-9859

IMG_1525Actually we’ve been a leader in this movement! But on May 15th we’re amping up our rally cry in support of Chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day – a global push to make food education a part of everyday school curriculum world-wide. Over 750,000 people have already signed the petition urging this important change!

Food and agriculture have long been part of our work with students—evidenced by our popular YAP! program and the way TTC at Smokey House includes cooking as part of YouthWork & Learn’s alternative school program. We understand that arming people with familiarity with good, whole foods can make all the difference in our students’ and staff’s well-being. Better food choices mean less childhood obesity, reduced diet-related disease and improved overall health for every body.

FFood Revolution Tutorial Center Students Cooking at TTC-9548or Food Revolution Day our centers will be featuring special cooking sessions using recipes from our newly published e-book, Garden Candy Basics. Instructors will be engaging students of all ages including those in adult education and ESL classes.

Vegetable pizzas, blended tomatoes on rustic bread, and spiralized veggie salads are a few easy, affordable and delicious dishes they’ll be creating and enjoying—reinforcing the idea that healthy choices benefit both the individual and the community.

Juanita Burch-Clay, YouthWork & Learn coordinator at our program at Smokey House, tells us “Many times the students have said they thought they didn’t like something, but they like what we made. I guide us to meals that are healthy, tasty, relatively inexpensive, and easy to make at home. These are survival skills they’re learning.”

Survival indeed! Let’s make fresh food and better eating an everyday movement! Let’s be revolutionary! Make Lucas’ Chicken Cordon Bleu!
IMG_0214 Food Revolution Day TTC Pumpkin Throw Food Revolution Tutorial Center Students Cooking at TTC-0304

High School Completion Graduate

Desiree Graduates!

High School Completion GraduateDesiree came to us hoping to earn her high school diploma.  Just 17, Desiree had moved around a bit but returned to our area hungry to wrap up her high school requirements.  Instead of re-enrolling in the local high school, she enrolled in our Adult Education program and began Vermont’s proficiency-based High School Completion Program here at The Tutorial Center.  Almost one year to the day, Desiree put the final touches on her last requirements and completed her program.

Desiree has been accepted at The Conservatory of Recording, Arts and Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe’, AZ.  She plans to begin her studies there in April 2015 majoring in Communication and Sound Engineering.

We’re all so proud of her achievements! Listen to her piece You and I which was part of her final for her Music Theory studies.

You and I by Desiree Hazelton

 

The Tutorial Center's YAP students are highlighted on the World Education Website

Tutorial Center Students Featured on World Education Website

Sometimes it’s easy for us to view the work we do as just another day at The Tutorial Center. But sometimes others remind us of the impact we regularly have on the people we serve.

Former YAP! (Youth Agriculture Project) crew members Elyse Hardy and Renette Gonzalez were both featured in the September issue of New England Literacy Resource Center’s magazine The Change Agent. It was the magazine’s “food issue.” Renette and Elyse each wrote about their personal experiences in YAP!, sharing how the program helped them achieve success in the working world.

Parts of their stories were more recently included in World Education’s October Newsletter. World Education is a widely-known and well respected global organization whose mission is to raise the quality of lives through education. Tackling such important topics as HIV, poverty, literacy, the organization does on a global scale what we at The Tutorial Center do in our part of the planet. We’re proud and pleased to be included in their network.

The Tutorial Center's YAP students are highlighted on the World Education Website