LACONIA — Belmont High School (BHS) graduate and Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) Computer Technologies Honor Student Dave Caouette of Belmont, wanted to give something back. He certainly has done so.
Shaker Regional School District Superintendent, Maria Dreyer sought out LRCC Computer Technologies Department Chair, Sann Lavallee of Belmont for assistance.
"I was unhappy with the website," says Dreyer during an interview in her office in Belmont. "When it was created, the website was great; the problem was that it had never really been updated. Sann felt that one of her students could do a Capstone Project and show the skills learned in classes and laboratories. The project has worked out magnificently and School Board members and I are thrilled with the results of David's efforts."
Caouette was asked to come and talk formally with Dreyer about the original project a little over a year ago. She was so happy with him that the offer was made for Caouette to create a new Shaker Regional School District website and the rest is history.
"I wanted to give back to my high school and school district as schools are really reflections of their communities," says Caouette. "Whenever people can get community members and students involved, it is the most wonderful thing that can happen."
Caouette began the massive task in September 2012. He completed the website at the end of the summer and still consults with Paulette Rouse, Assistant to the Superintendent, and others on technical facets of the website.
"What I have loved about computers is just how open choices are and how one can apply his/her skills in so many different areas," says Caouette. "One of the reasons I chose Computer Technologies is the vastness of the field. I will graduate from LRCC with an Associate Degree in Database Administration this December and transfer to a Bachelor's Degree program in Computer Science at Plymouth State University."
"What a resume builder," says Dreyer. "To say he did the school district's website and have it on display for the world to see is fantastic! I wish Dave the absolute best in all future endeavors."