Congratulations to Our Graduates!

Congratulations to all the students who earned their diplomas though The Tutorial Center in 2011! We applaud your achievements and continued success!

  • Kathleen Ambuhl
  • Jazmin Beam
  • Garrett Brace
  • Justin Brandmeyer
  • Matt Crossman
  • Amy Elizabeth Drew
  • Morgan Foster
  • Kaitlyn Hamilton
  • Lisa Marie Hansen
  • Alexandria Higgins
  • Kasie Holman
  • Jadesarah LaVigne
  • Lauren Legacy
  • Mattea Miller
  • Jennifer L. Pineiro
  • Kayla Mari Perkins
  • Charles Richards
  • Ariana Sausville
  • Melissa Secoy
  • Cotie Stanley
  • Tiesha M. Sweet
  • Whitney Thomas

Bridge to College Alumni: Roger Speid


  • Completed Bridge-to-College Program Fall Semester 2007
  • In addition to college course embedded in the Program, completed one additional college course at CCV – Bennington
  • Enrolled in college courses at Community College of Vermont – Bennington as part-time student, Spring Semester through Spring Semester 2009 and Summer Sessions 2008 and 2009, while employed full-time, completing 37 college credits with a 3.9 GPA
  • Awarded Vermont Student Assistance Corporation  (VSAC) scholarships
  • Completed LNA training and certification preparation and is employed full-time in that job role
  • Enrolled in Vermont Technical College School of Nursing for a RN, Fall Semester 2009

In his own words:

My journey in pursuing a nursing degree began at The Tutorial Center about three years ago. When I met Barbara Croft, Manchester Site Coordinator, she made me feel right at home and was very helpful and kind in all that she did for me, along with all the instructional staff at TTC, while I was getting ready for the GED exams. After achieving my GED, I was encouraged to take the next educational step, once again with the support of The Tutorial Center.

The Bennington Bridge-to-College Program was one of the many TTC resources available and the program that got me started on my college journey. It is a program designed to help students in the transition process to develop their academic skills and self-confidence, ease their way into taking college credit courses, and improve the chances for their success. The person who was responsible for the Program at that time was Jan Martin Bopp, Program Coordinator and adult educator. He, too, because of his leadership skills and drive to help others, was one of the people who inspired me to work harder toward reaching my goal.

Currently, I am completing 37 college credits at the Community College of Vermont in Bennington, and will be transferring to Vermont Technical College in the fall of 2009 where I will pursue an associate’s degree in nursing (RN). This would not have been possible if I had not taken the initiative to start the journey and did not have the resources from The Tutorial Center and support from the wonderful staff that has helped me over the past few years.

My advice to anyone thinking of furthering his/her education is to make a start. It takes hard work and determination, but it is worth the sacrifice. Furthermore, the sooner you start pursuing your dreams, the sooner you will realize them. The Tutorial Center has a wealth of human resources, information, and support services available for just about anyone who needs academic help.

Bridge to College Alumni: Ashley Cunningham

  • rockstar_ashleyCompleted Bridge-to-College Program Fall Semester 2007
  • Enrolled in college courses at Community College of Vermont – Bennington as part-time student, Spring Semester 2008 through Fall Semester 2008, as married mother of three children with part-time employment
  • Awarded A.A.U.W. Scholarships for Female Non-traditional Students both Spring and Fall Semesters 2008
  • Became full-time college student at CCV Spring Semester 2009

In her own words:

I had my first child at the age of 14. Not knowing where to turn, I went to Sunrise Family Resource Center for family development support. While participating in their educational program for teen parents and moms-to-be, I was fortunate to take part in an activities-based reading series called the “Tell Me a Story Project” provided by The Tutorial Center. That project taught us how to interact with books and with our children. We read aloud and acted out the children’s books that we would read with our children. We also did hands-on activities and neat little art projects about the books that we could do with our children as their first teachers. My child loved it!

After I graduated with a high school diploma, I didn’t feel as if I was ready for college yet. So once again not knowing where to do, I went to The Tutorial Center and asked if I could go back to school: “ha ha,” as crazy as that sounds. The interviewer looked at me and told me that I was talking to the wrong person. I needed to be talking with Jan Bopp about the Bridge-to-College Program. I was nervous, but agreed. In came Jan (the Tell Me a Story man) and we started talking about the transition program and how it would help me get ready for college-level classes and how to be successful in college. For some reason I trusted him. It sounded like he knew his stuff; and what did I have left to lose, nothing, only something to gain.”Only to gain” was right.

While I was in Bridge-to-College, I not only received the help I asked for, but much more. I gained a wide knowledge base covering all academic basics and a family of fellow students. Everyone in our program group was absolutely wonderful. We all got along and felt comfortable with each other and the staff right away. I can’t even express how much I gained from this program. If the Bridge-to-College had not been available, I’m not sure where I would be right now. I don’t even want to think about that.

I graduated from Bridge-to-College and am currently working full-time on an Associate’s Degree in Business. I have 30 credits as of Spring Semester 2009, and will have one full year ahead of me to complete the requirements for my degree.
Thank you so much, Tutorial Center, for having made this opportunity available. To anyone else for whom this chance comes along, take it. You will not regret it.

Bridge to College Alumni: Lisa Skowron


  • Completed two-semester Bridge-to-College Program Fall Semester 2007
  • Attended Senator Leahy’s 14th Annual Economic Opportunity Conference for Women (Official photo with the Senator)
  • Awarded Bennington Business and Professional Women Scholarship for Non-traditional Female Students 2007
  • Awarded A.A.U.W.–Bennington Scholarship for Non-traditional Female Students January 2008
  • Won Honorable Mention Award and $50 for poem entry to WeLEARN
  • Continued college course at CCV-Bennington, Spring Semester 2008

In her own words:

I am a recent graduate of the Bridge-to-College Program and I am writing to share with you the experience I had participating in the program.  There are so many aspects of the Program that surpassed my expectations when I entered the program that I don’t know where to begin.

I was referred to the program by my sister, who was a first-semester graduate. I was very reluctant about joining the program due to the fact that I had an overwhelming fear that my accomplishments in life would not be “college” worthy.  After all, I had been a homemaker and mother and had not participated in any formal schooling for over ten years.

The opportunity of having mentors and guest speakers available to speak during the program opened up a doorway into the community for networking and invaluable resources that do no seem available to a person because they don’t know how to access them.  This important aspect of the program allowed a flow of communication not only amongst the presenters and the Program students, but the students in the Program and the college staff as well.

I can not express how much I valued the college field trips and that I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the 11th Annual Vermont Women’s Economic Conference on November 3, 2007.  I met Senator Leahy and participated in invaluable workshops there.  I took the information and knowledge I gained from this experience and passed it on to my twin teenage daughters. Because of what I have learned I feel more confident personally and feel that I am able to educate them on the importance of being a financially secure woman.

My only “problem” with the BTC Program is that funding should allow for it to run longer.  Even though some student could stand on their own when it was time to cross that bridge from BTC to college, there were some of us who definitely needed to work longer on some aspects of the foundations of learning.  Non-traditional students are coming from all different life circumstances and different learning styles, and I feel people in transition need more time before they are ready to walk that bridge.

However, the BTC Program work gave me that confidence and eased my anxiety, because I was walked through each step.  My hand was held when needed and let go when I needed to cross the “Bridge to College.”  Therefore, I walk away from the Bridge-to-College Program with invaluable knowledge and resources.  Without this Program I would have not had access to such resources for financial reasons and I would have let anxiety and self doubt stop me from furthering my education as I had let it so many times before.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Bridge to College Program.