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BTC 1 of 10 to Win Nationwide Career and Technical Education Makeover Challenge
June 22, 2016

On June 17th, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced 10 winners in the $200,000 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Makeover Challenge at the Champions of Change for Making event, including Burlington Technical Center (BTC). The Challenge called for high schools to create models for transforming classrooms or other spaces into MakerSpaces - places where students create and learn through making, with access to the tools to design, build and innovate, while acquiring 21st Century career skills.

BTC will receive $20,000 in cash, as well as a portion of in-kind prizes from a $378,000 sponsor prize pool, to help build or renovate its MakerSpace. The Technical Center will renovate classroom and shop spaces, previously occupied by the Building Trades Program, to be equipped with a wide range of tools for creating, including computers, a large scale printer, 3D printer, saws and sewing machines. 
The Burlington Technical Center CTE Makeover Team, led by Adam Provost (Burlington School District), included Courtney Asaro (Flynn Elementary School), Lucie Delabruere (Consultant, VITA-Learn Regional & MakerSpace Coordinator), Justin Gonyea (BTC), Lars Hasselblad Torres (Burlington Generator),Tracy Racicot (BTC), Chris Sharp (Burlington High School), Colby Skoglund (Burlington High School) and Doug Webster (Champlain Maker Faire, RETN, National Association for Workforce Improvement). 
More information available at www.ctemakeoverchallenge.com.
June 14, 2016

Recent Student Accomplishment
June 6, 2016
"Give Hunger the Boot"!

Students from the Sustainability Burlington Kids Afterschool Program created decorations for a Seventh Generation cowboy-themed party by cutting out and coloring cowboy boots. Seventh Generation pledged that for every completed boot, they would donate $2.50 to the Chittenden Food Shelf. By the end of this past year, students had colored in 140 cowboy boots, and Seventh Generation wrote a check for $350!
Staffing Update
June 3, 2016

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Jack McCarthy has joined their office as the new Assistant Director. Jack will manage the day-to-day operations and will also support the schools and departments with employment and employee needs.

Jack hails from Delaware where he served as a teacher, principal and director of secondary education. Jack was the Principal of Missisquoi Valley Union High School before serving for 15 years as the Superintendent of the Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union. Jack’s experience will bring valuable insight and experience to the work of the Human Resources Department as we strive to better serve the District.

Jack holds a B.A. from American University and an M.A. and Doctorate from the University of Delaware in Education Leadership. He lives in St. Albans with his wife, Pam and they have four children and five grandchildren. Jack is very excited to be joining the BSD team.

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