News & updates

News & updates


RTCC’s New College and Career Lab

Helping students prepare for college and careers

The new College and Career Lab at RTCC is up and running, with workshops, visitors, and presentations geared to helping students plan for a successful future.

According to Work Based Learning Coordinator Jason Finley, here is just a sample of what’s been going on over the past few weeks:

  • Paul Otenti from Vermont Tech’s Fire Science program gave a workshop on "Principles of Building Construction & Fire Protection" for the Criminal Justice program.
  • The Building Trades program has been offering a weekly speaker series, inviting a wide range of contractors to talk with students about career opportunities
  • Counselors from RUHS presented a workshop on the Common App and using Naviance
  • Every Monday, Finley teaches a Career Readiness course for students in the Business Management, Criminal Justice, Education & Social Services, and Building Trades programs.
  • Members of the Admissions staff of Manchester Community College came to talk with seniors about course offerings at the school.
  • Students have come in for one-on-one assistance in resume building, as well as exercises on how to make phone calls to potential employers, creating cover letters, and how to research a company prior to an interview or job shadow.
  • Snap-On tools recently gave a safety training to the Auto and Diesel programs.
  • Military recruiters will be coming by to give presentations and answer questions about military service and offerings
  • The Vt Department of Labor will be coming in to speak to students on high-pay, high growth careers here in Vermont over the coming decade

Environmental Resource Management Students Honor Vets with Community Service

Students in therme Environmental Resource Management program took a field trip to the Vermont Veterans Cemetery recently to so some community service tree work.

This was the first event in Vermont sponsored by Saluting Branches, a non-profit organization that consists of tree care industry professionals and volunteers that donate their time, expertise, and equipment to care for trees at Veterans cemeteries across the nation as a way to honor our service members.

It was a great day of hands-on learning for the students, and a chance to learn from and work with some very knowledgeable folks in the industry. 

According to Program Instructor Max Van Houten, the ERM programs plans to continue working with Saluting Branches in the coming years.

Recent AG Tech Grad Kaliegh Hamel Featured in Seven Days

When it's time to deliver the eggs from the chickens that scratch and peck among the towering piles of earth at Montpelier's Vermont Compost, Kaleigh Hamel, 19, and Ruby, 17, do the job together. Hamel is the brains of the operation, making sure the invoice is printed, acting as driver and interacting with staff at the eggs' destination, Hunger Mountain Co-op. Ruby does the heavy lifting.

In the literal sense of the word, they're a team: Ruby is an American Mammoth donkey, and Hamel is an experienced teamster and trainer. Together, they wend their way down Main Street to the store, Ruby pulling the cart and Hamel holding the reins.

Read the whole story Here.

RTCC is First VT High School to be Approved for Vermont’s Automated Vehicle Inspection Program

After many months of hard work, live demonstrations, and a grant to purchase the necessary equipment, the Randolph Technical Career Center’s Automotive Tech program has become the first high school in Vermont to be approved for the Automated Vehicle Inspection (AVI) Program.The AVI program will continue to help students stay up to date on the current inspection process in Vermont, as well as be more in demand when they graduate from the program. Students will graduate with their VT state inspection license and be able to work on their own without supervision.

Auto Tech instructor Damon Jillson will begin training students on the new equipment beginning this spring, and the VT Dept of Motor Vehicles will come into the class in April/May to test all of the senior class members. With the support of the VT DMV inspection unit, RTCC has been able to offer this program to students since 1996.