Student Film: Winter Wreaths

In her first video project Abby, a student at our Bennington learning center, brings you along on a class excursion to The Tutorial Center at Smokey House where they got a hands-on, start-to-finish lesson in making festive evergreen wreaths.

After the event Abby used photographs, video, and voice-over narration to put together this great movie about the experience.

TD Bank Bring change even in Bennington, Vermont

Thank You TD Bank for “Bringing Change!”

Jena Holmes-Thomas adds another contribution to the cause. Thanks to community support and a grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, TD Bank Bennington Branch raised $2,257.29 for us through their Bring Change Program.

We are very so grateful for this generous donation and for TD Bank’s continuing support of our mission to deliver quality education to area students regardless of their circumstance. Tutorial Center students will directly benefit from this wonderful donation.

 

 

 

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.

Food Revolution Day!

Food Revolution DayAdult Education and High School Completion students led the charge with Tutorial Center staff today as part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. The goal of the movement is to bring cooking back into the regular school curriculum at all levels.

Here at The Tutorial Center we couldn’t agree more – so we participated by making dishes form our new eBook Garden Candy Basics. Zippy Tomato Moonshine, a veggie-packed pasta sauce and The Rainbow Ribbon Swirl with Peanut sauce were on the menus in our Bennington and Manchester classes.

Jeremy Andrews in Benington also made Sautéd Green beans that was a huge hit.

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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