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.