Adult Ed students learning to code computer programs

An Hour of Code, A lifetime of Skills

Adult Ed students learning to code computer programsThis week The Tutorial Center-Bennington is participating in the international “Hour of Code 2017”, a weeklong worldwide celebration of computer science. Our activities are one of 138,441 registered global events occurring under this theme!

Our adult ed students are completing one-hour hands-on lessons in computer coding—designed to demystify coding and build enthusiasm for learning computer programming skills. Students show here are coding the steps to write a computer program. (Also known to many of you as rockin’ Minecraft!)

Students receive a Certificate of Completion for demonstrating an understanding of the basic concepts of Computer Science. Learning. It’s Everywhere.

Hour of Code Activities adult ed students participate in #hourofcode 2017

Nick Ritchie Graduates from Arlington High School

T’is the Season! Graduation!

Tutorial Center students are graduating throughout the region! Here are a few that we’ve captured so far. Congratulations to all of you for all the hard work and persistence – it was our honor to help you in this important step along your path.

Eaden Ryan graduates and is bound for the Vermont State Trooper Academy

Eaden Ryan achieved his LiHigh School Diploma through The Tutorial Center, Inc.

Laurie Lonergan Graduates from Arlington Memorial High School

Laurie Lonergan Graduates from Arlington High School

Nick Ritchie Graduates from Arlington Memorial High School

Nick Ritchie Graduates from Arlington High School

 

Dillon Williams working at The Tutorial Center

What Goes Around: Dillon Williams

Dillon Williams working at The Tutorial Center
roundcube-webmail-_-fwd_-community-food-cupboards-fall-newsletterThe individual and corporate support we get from the Northshire community is essential to our meeting the goals of our mission – so we understand how important sustained support can be. And, we try to pass that idea of community service on to our students, sometimes as an element of their personalized education plan. It works.

Meet Dillon, an alternative high school education student, who was just recognized as a valuable volunteer by the Manchester Community Food Cupboard. We love that our students can work on personal development during their time with us and and help important organizations like The Community Food Cupboard continue its important work.

From the Community Food Cupboard Newsletter:

“Dillon Williams has been one of CFC’s most faithful volutheers for more than a year. Dillon is a student at The Tutorial Center and their Smokey House site in Danby, both of which have a strong focus on experiential learning and individualized instruction.

“He comes to work at CFC each Thursday moming with his instructor Jen Lalor and he is always ready to tackle whatever task needs doing. On a typical day, he can be seen stacking shelves, filling bags for the homebound, sorting produce, carrying and breaking down cardboand boxes, and much more.

“Dillon’s work here is not just an asset for CFC, it’s a. a valuable part of his school day, which provides real-world experience. During the past two summers, he has also worked in the Youth Agriculture Project in Manchester that teaches young adults how to grow and maintain an organic vegetable garden through sustainable methods, and he currently volun-teers at the Manchester Community Library as well.

“Dillon is a valued member of each of these communities and hopes to takes classes next year toward a computer science degree. Thank you, Dillon for all your hard work!”

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

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.