Act Local: Quick Civics Session at TTC Manchester

untitled184A9814-3-EditOn Sunday February 5th, 2017 Tutorial Center instructor and Vermont House Representative, Robin Chestnut Tangerman, will lead a relaxed discussion on how Vermonters can best work with, and within, their local and state governments.

The community, staff and students are showing a renewed interest in the way governments operate—from town boards to the Oval Office. The Tutorial Center is happy to provide this opportunity for civic engagement. Our current High School Completion students are encouraged to attend as part of your on-going lessons in civics.

The session will touch on the mechanics of how laws and regulations are adopted within our state, along with how to make your voice heard with elected officials.

This is a non-partisan event. All perspectives are welcome and will be respected. Bring your enthusiasm and questions!

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Act Local: Quick Civics

February 5, 2017
Beginning at 2:00pm
At The Tutorial Center
3511 Richville Rd., Manchester

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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.

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!