“Friends Of The Cheshire Career Center” Event Brings Together Educators, State Officials, and Industry Partners, Strengthening Opportunities in Career and Technical Education

During these biannual events, the PACs are discussing updates to the programs, new opportunities for our enrolled students, and ensure our programs’ continued alignment with industry standards and requirements. Many PACs enjoy support from long-time Cheshire Career Center instructors, such as our Construction Trades PAC. The attached photo shows (l-r) current instructor, Brian Heeran, as well as Randall Burns, Dave Dauphin, and Chip Woodbury, who have all previously taught in the program and choose to continue supporting the Cheshire Career Center by offering their expertise and insight.

For the May 4 event, students from the Cheshire Career Center’s Culinary Arts program provided 60 boxed dinners for the participants. We had strong representation from the NH

Department of Education’s Bureau of Career Development as well as the CCSNH (Community College System of New Hampshire) Youth Apprenticeship Program. Youth ApprenticeshipNH is a new partnership between the community college system and New Hampshire’s 24 career and technical education (CTE) centers, aiming to drive new apprenticeship development in the state by strengthening connections. The program develops pathways for graduating high school students through registered apprenticeships into high-need industries, including advanced manufacturing and healthcare. More information at www.apprenticeshipnh.com.

Samantha Belcourt, Director of the Cheshire Career Center, said: “It was such a delight to welcome and thank our industry partners who take the time to support the Cheshire Career Center.  We really appreciate their time and input to help support and shape our CTE Programs to give our students a career pathway.”

The Cheshire Career Center in Keene serves a large area of Southwest New Hampshire. Its 19 programs of study provide students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge, and training necessary to succeed in future careers by introducing them to workplace competencies and makes academic content accessible to learners by providing it in a hands-on context.

The image shows (l-r): current CCC Construction Trades instructor, Brian Heeran, as well as Randy Burns, Dave Dauphin, and Chip Woodbury.