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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!”

Sylvia, a Bennington College YAP intern, harvesting kale at The Tutorial Center's YAP Farm at Hiland Hall in North Bennington.

Bennington College Students Bring Energy and Enthusiasm

Two friendly faces often seen at our YAP Farm at Hiland Hall Farmhouse this season were those of Sam Lawson and Sylvia Maderes.

Both students are Bennington College juniors and each has their own reasons for taking advantage of this Tutorial Center work experience.

Bennington Colleg interns Same Lawsen and Sylvia Maderes harvesting carrots to be sold at the Bennington Farmers' Market and through The Tutorial Center's YAP Food Network

Sylvia, a literature and dance major from southern Pennsylvania, has always had an interest in science and nature, taking several science classes throughout her educational career. She likes knowing about food, growing food and food systems. As she says, “It’s good to know where your food comes from.”

Sam, from slightly closer Holyoke, Mass., is studying biology and anthropology at the college. He admits that since interning at the YAP Farm under the guidance of farm manager JJ Beck he’s beginning to think about future career pathways that include agriculture. “Not in producing food,” Sam said, “but perhaps in the areas of biology and chemistry.”

Sylvia and Sam have been with the part of the YAP farm team since early June which has allowed them to experience all aspects of the farm from planting, to weeding, to harvesting, and now putting the farm to bed for the winter planting cover crops such as buckwheat.

This is the second year that Bennington College students have had the opportunity to work at YAP Farm. This is one element of the growing connection between The Tutorial Center’s YAP and Bennington College.

Sam Lawson, Bennington College student and YAP intern harvesting carrots at the YAP Farm at Highland Hall  Bennington College intern readies the harvest for the YAP Food Network

Sylvia, a Bennington College YAP intern, harvesting kale at The Tutorial Center's YAP Farm at Hiland Hall in North Bennington.  Bennington College intern Sam Lawson harvest carrots at The Tutorial Center's YAP Farm at Hiland Hall in North Bennington.

 

YAP! Youth Agriculture Project

TTC Receives $63,676 funding from VT Dept of Labor to support this summer’s Youth Agriculture Project

YAP! Youth Agriculture ProjectVermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced recently that The Tutorial Center will receive $63,676 in funding support to conduct its Youth Agriculture Project during the summer of 2014, as part of the Vermont Dept. of Labor’s Summer Employment Opportunity program. The funds will partially support the operating cost of the Youth Agriculture Project and provide wages for participating youth.

“Providing workplace experience for young Vermonters helps them make smart academic and career choices, gives them a foot in the door to some of the best companies across the state that are hiring, and helps keep them here in Vermont after graduation,” Gov. Shumlin said.

“Involving students in the workplace builds their confidence, their career awareness, and their future marketable skills,” agreed Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan.

Learning to see. Photography helps Tutorial Center students work with other forms of expression.

The Photographer’s Eye

Learning to see. Photography helps Tutorial Center students work with other forms of expression.A student works with concepts in light during photography class. Being able to see—and capture—light is a one of the photographer’s most powerful skills.