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 Awarded Harvard Pilgrim Foundation Grant!

2015 Mini_Grant_Tutorial_Center

We just received the great news that our YAP! program has been selected for a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Community Sprit Award.

The award was established to honor and encourage the spirit of community caring awakened by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care created a special fund to help their employees direct mini-grants to local community programs, helping to improve the places where we live, work and play.

The Harvard Pilgrim Foundation board recently created the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund to support nonprofit organizations throughout Harvard Pilgrim’s service areas that make fresh (and often local) food easier to find and buy. In an effort to support our colleagues at Harvard Pilgrim who get involved in giving and service projects that focus on fresh food, the Foundation will add an extra $50 to the 2015 $500 mini-grants that support healthy fresh food programs.

We will certainly put the grants to good use, fueling our mission of providing agriculture education to students and fresh, local food to the community!

Bridge to College Enrollment Open

Bridge to College ClassHave you wanted to go to college but you’re not sure you’re ready? Our Bridge to College Program will help you make sure you are! And it’s FREE.

Through Bridge to College and Careers, you can begin your pathway to a college education:

  • Develop college readiness in critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, and mathematics Who doesn’t need some brush up in these areas? 🙂
  • Learn study skills, problem-solving skills, computer skills, research skills, and test-taking strategies that will help take the anxiety out of classwork and tests
  • Develop a career plan to guide your further education and training
  • Learn about financial aid and next steps available

The Fall Program meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-8:00pm from Sept 15, through Dec. 15, 2015, at the Community College of Vermont, 324 Main St. Bennington.

For more information you can use the form below or call 802-447-0111, or contact teacher Elizabeth McHale at 802-430-4400.

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High School Completion Program Student, and Valedictorian?

Lexi Federhen Shines even brighter with the help of The Tutorial CenterTutorial Center’s High School Completion Student Vies to Add Valedictorian to Her Accomplishments

With just a few weeks left in her senior year, our High School Completion student Lexie Federhen is hoping to add one more laurel to her high school achievements: valedictorian of Mt. Anthony Union High School in Bennington!

Lexie Federen received the Prudential Award

Lexie receives the Prudential Spirit of Community Award as the Vermont State Winner from Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.

Already recipient this year of the Gates Millennium Scholar 2015 national award, the Horatio Algier 2015 National Scholar award, the national President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence, the Presidential Spirit of Community Vermont state award – and crowned Vermont’s Miss Outstanding Teen in 2014 –  Lexie will be going on to Cornell University this summer.

But before that, she’s hoping for one final high school achievement. Currently #2 in her graduating class, Lexie wonders if her extra-strong effort this semester will leap-frog her to valedictorian status.

SAT Prep tutoring

Jess Dubie helps Lexie learn how to tackle the SAT exam.

Lexie has been attending The Tutorial Center part-time within the High School Completion program for two years, receiving individualized tutoring designed to enable her to deal with her cross-dominance reading disability.

In the regular high school setting, Lexie found her reading disability made it very hard for her to perform as well in classes as she was capable. But at The Tutorial Center, her tutors have helped her develop effective strategies for reading and processing information that have enabled her to excel and demonstrate her real abilities.

Here Lexie talks about her experience:

In addition, being able to schedule sessions flexibly with The Tutorial Center’s Spanish teacher, Lexie has had the opportunity to complete coursework in Spanish that she could not otherwise get into her high school schedule.

As Lexie puts it, “I give an overall score of A+ to both The Tutorial Center and their tutors for helping me be successful!”

Lexie Federhen 2015 Salutatorian  Moutn Anthony Union High SchoolWe applaud Lexie’s accomplishments and the committed support of her tutors Jess Dubie and Manuel Noguera. Lexie is another example of our ability to meet the needs of a huge range of students. We’ll let you know whether Lexie makes it to valedictorian, though we don’t know how we could be more proud of her than we already are.

GRADUATION UPDATE: Lexie was honored as The 2015 Salutatorian! An outstanding accomplishment that we’re all celebrating!