LACONIA — Students in the Lakes Region will have more choices in their education next fall.
The J. Oliva Huot Center is preparing to expand two existing programs and launch a new Resort and Recreation Management program for fall of 2014. The Huot Center, located in Laconia, currently provides career and technical education courses to over 500 students from six different high-schools making it one of the largest centers in the state.
The newly renovated center has seen a surge in enrollment and is adding more sections and programs in response. The two current programs slated for expansion are Law Enforcement and Biotechnology. Law Enforcement will expand from a one-semester exploratory course to a full two-year program preparing students for a variety of protective service careers.
The exploratory course, taught by former Laconia Police Chief Mike Moyer, has been proven very popular. The hope is to grow the law program into a full protective-services academy featuring elements of law enforcement, fire fighting and EMT training. Also on the agenda for expansion is Biotechnology which will be adding a second year option. The upper level course will provide students increased skills an improved college readiness for the expanding career sector.
Biotechnology, like many health-related fields, has seen steady job growth and provides salaries starting in the upper $40,000 range immediately out of college, with significant potential for advancement. Biotechnology careers include work with gene-therapy, development of vaccines and medicine and variety of other laboratory based medical careers.
Laconia High School students currently have the option to take Biotechnology for Honors credit and the Huot Administration is hopeful that other sending high schools will follow suit. Students in Biotechnology can earn college-credit through Southern Maine Community College and students in Law Enforcement can pursue dual-enrollment with Central Maine Community College.
The newest program, Resort and Recreation Management, will prepare students for a variety of careers in the hospitality industry.
"Travel and tourism is a defining part of what makes this region unique" says Huot Director David Warrender. "Students in the Resort and Recreation Management program will literally have the entire Lakes Region as their classroom."
Students will have the opportunity to earn a series of nationally-recognized credentials from the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The goal, explains Warrender, is not to simply get students their first-job, but to show them the career-ladder for a variety of management level occupations within the hospitality industry.
Area groups and businesses such as Gunstock Mountain, The Lake Opechee Inn and the Lakes Region Association have already stepped up to show their support. The Huot Center is also in the final stages of creating an agreement with the Margate Resort through which students would spend their entire second year on-site learning all aspects of resort operations. This model has been successfully used at several other career centers in New Hampshire with many students walking directly into jobs upon graduation.
An open-house, tentatively planned for mid-March, will provide students and parents and opportunity to learn more about these and other educational opportunities at the Huot Center. Students normally spend two years in a technical center program beginning in their Junior year. Any current sophomore who is interested in learning more about Hout Technical Center should contact their high school guidance counselor or call the center at (603) 528-8693.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:29
GILFORD — Olympic Ski Jumper and former world record holder, Mike Holland will be holding a Learn to Fly ski jumping course on Saturday, January 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gilkford Youth Center at 19 Potter Hill Road
Participants will experience one-on-one instruction with Holland, which will help enhance their technique, balance and agility. To achieve the sensation of flight, participants will roll slowly down a U.S. Ski Team roller jump, fly through the air, and land in a pile of mattresses. The clinic is open to kids aged 5 to7 years. Children must have experience skiing to attend the free demo. For more information call 783-4423.
Achim Steinbreuck, president of the Gunstock Mountain Historical Preservation Society, said that the event is the first of series intended to foster interest ski jumping, which he hopes will lend momentum to the society's efforts to restore the 20-meter, 40-meter and 70-meter jumps at Gunstock Mountain Resort. He noted that Nick Farrell, a ski jumper from Andover, New Hampshire, qualified to represent the United States at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and expected his success to lead to renewed enthusiasm for the sport among skiers in the Lakes Region. Steinbreuck said that all the high schools with skiing programs, together with ski clubs, have been invited to competition on the 10-meter jump at Gunstock on Saturday, January 25, beginning with registration and practice at 9 a.m. followed by the competition at 11 a.m.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:24
LACONIA — Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice is offering 7-week Bereavement Support Groups in two locations beginning in mid – late January 2014. One group will meet in Laconia on Wednesdays and the other group will meet in Wolfeboro on Thursdays, specific times to be determined. Each group consists of a series of 1 ½ hour meetings held each week for 7 weeks.
Support Groups give people the opportunity to discuss and learn ways of coping with their loss, to gain the support of others in safe and caring ways, and to learn about the grief process. Although grief is a unique experience through which each person finds his or her own way, there are common threads we all share when going through grief.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:06
SANDWICH — An Art in the Age Craft Spirits Pairing Dinner presented by The Tamworth Lyceum and hosted at the Corner House Inn will be held on Sunday, January 19 starting at 6 p.m. Special guest Warren Bobrow, author of Apothecary Cocktails, will be artfully concocting the libations while discussing cocktail antiquity and the relationship between spirits and dining.
First Course: Chorizo & Asparagus "Pigs-in-a-Blanket" with Apple Dijon mustard dipping sauce and Art in the Age Root and Rye.
Second Course: New England Clams and Mussels with lemongrass, coconut milk and curry and Thai Basil Fizz with Art in the Age Sage.
Third Course: Rustic Turkey Pot Pie and the Mead Refresher.
Fourth Course: English Trifle and Hot Buttered Rum.
The four-course dinner is $55 a person, including tax and gratuity. Copies of Apothecary Cocktails: Restorative Drinks From Yesterday And Today will also be available for purchase and signed by the author.
Call the Corner House Inn at 476-3060 for reservations.
The Tamworth Lyceum is a modern New England mercantile store and gallery space in the mountains of Northern New Hampshire, offering specialty grocery items and beverage counter service. The 200 year old Lyceum building also serves as a community lecture and event space.
In addition to serving as the nexus for the revival of the transcendentalist thought, the Lyceum's founder Steve Grasse is working on a farm-to-bottle distillery opening up in the old Tamworth Inn this coming Spring 2014. Visit www.tamworthlyceum.com for more information.
Founded in 2006, Art in the Age is a line of pre-prohibition inspired organic liquors whose flagship store and gallery is located in Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.artintheage.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 10:52
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