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Huot Center biotechnology students can earn college credits through PSU

LACONIA — Students at the J. Oliva Huot Career and Technical Center will have more opportunities to demonstrate their college readiness in the coming year.

Topping the list of expanded partnerships is a five-credit articulation agreement with Plymouth State University. Through this arrangement, students completing the Huot Center's Bio-Medical Technology program will have the opportunity to earn four credits in biology at PSU and one credit for a lab safety course. Huot Center administration sees this agreement as the first step in an expanded relationship with the University.

"Research shows us that students need to do something beyond high school to succeed in most career fields," explains HTC Director David Warrender. "That could be a professional certificate, apprenticeship or a two- or four-year college. With our programming expanding into areas such as health science, criminal justice and high-end technology, the four-year degree is really becoming the norm." Warrender anticipates the two schools working together on agreements for subjects such as business and careers in education in the months ahead.

For Plymouth State, the agreement means a direct connection with potential students who have already narrowed down their long-term career goals. "PSU is excited to be able to provide Huot bio-medical technology students a direct pathway into our biological sciences and chemistry programs. Enabling these students to advance into rigorous specialized courses provides them with opportunities to engage in undergraduate research, promotes strong student-faculty mentoring and keeps students on a dynamic career trajectory," said PSU President Sara Jayne Steen. "We look forward to developing additional partnerships with the Huot Career and Technical Center that will include business, criminal justice, education and the health professions."

The bio-medical technology program at HTC provides students with authentic laboratory experiences to explore careers as researchers, geneticists, biochemists, epidemiologists, forensic scientists, pharmacists and other clinical laboratory careers. Students learn about DNA and genetics, microbiology, genetic engineering, cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry and immunology. The use and application of advanced laboratory techniques and equipment that replicate the work being done by biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies around the world, and in New Hampshire, is also taught.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2015 10:37

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Chiropractor to speak at Taylor Community on Feb. 18

LACONIA — Dr. Raymond Trottier, a private practice chiropractor for 48 years, will present a program at Taylor Community entitled "Healthy Aging Strategies: A Chiropractic Perspective for Living a Healthier Lifestyle." The program is scheduled for Wednesday, February 18 at 11 a.m. at Taylor's Woodside Building.

A native of Fitchburg, Mass., Doctor Trottier is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, IA. The doctor is certified in Impairment Rating, is a Chiropractic Industrial Consultant and is certified in First Line Therapy and Nutritional Counseling. As an avid golfer, Doctor Trottier's Back to Basics Golf Academy helps many golfers reduce injuries.

He is past president of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and was a consultant and lecturer to the Central Massachusetts Safety Council on low back injuries in the workplace. He's studied postgraduate courses in Bio-gravitational Adaptation at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto; Physiological Therapeutics at the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago; and Physiology of Human Motion and Biofeedback Techniques at the University of Massachusetts.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.taylorcommunity.org, or call 524-5600 to reserve a seat.

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Franklin VNA & Hospice to offer volunteer training

FRANKLIN — Franklin VNA & Hospice will offer free training for Hospice volunteers that will take place on five consecutive Wednesday evenings, starting on March 11th and concluding on April 8th. Time of the class will be determined by the consensus of the participants. Classes will be held at the Franklin VNA & Hospice office at 75 Chestnut Street.

Rev. Tobias Nyatsambo, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for the VNA, says "Hospice volunteers are adult men and women of all ages and backgrounds who have a desire to help their friends and neighbors and to serve the community. They are key members of the Hospice team that help our clients deal with illness, grief and loss."

Rev. Nyatsambo further explains, "Franklin VNA's Hospice program is well established and is growing. Hospice volunteers are needed to provide patient and family support, fundraising and administrative support and help for special events. Volunteers in Hospice find it personally gratifying and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. At the VNA, we like to say 'Hospice volunteers can change lives – maybe even their own'."

To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with their patients, the VNA requires that volunteers complete an extensive training and also submit to a routine background check.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register for Hospice volunteer classes, contact Nancy at Franklin VNA & Hospice at 934-3454.

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Belknap GOP Committee to meet Wed. in Belmont

BELMONT — The Belknap County Republican Committee has announced that their next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm at the Top of the Town Restaurant, 88 Ladd Hill Rd in Belmont.

With Presidential election activities already in full swing, one of the hot topics to be discussed will be about the numerous Republicans who are considering throwing their hats into the ring and the various events that have already been scheduled with these Presidential hopefuls here in New Hampshire. Announcement of the guest speaker for the February 11 meeting is pending, and will be posted on the Committee's website, www.BelknapCountyGOP.org.

Belknap County GOP meetings are open to all Republicans and like-minded Independents. Those interested in having dinner and/or wish to socialize before the meeting, should plan to arrive as early as 5 p.m. The Committee once again reminds everyone planning to attend to please bring a non-perishable food item to the meeting for distribution to local food pantries.

For more information, check their website at www.BelknapCountyGOP.org, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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