Education Notes

University of New England names students to Dean's List

BIDDEFORD, MAINE >> Carly Emond, of Guilford, Quinn Lawrence of Saxtons River and Jessica Kane and Loralee Miller, of Vernon, were named to the to the Dean's List for the 2015 fall semester at the University of New England.

VSAC, CCV team up to offer free career-planning workshops

BRATTLEBORO >> Vermont Student Assistance Corp. and Community College of Vermont will hold free career-planning workshops at CCV locations across Vermont beginning next week.

Topics include different strategies and resources to help Vermonters with career planning and the process of finding a job. The first, "It's Your Move: Choosing a Career that Works for You," is designed for people who are considering possible careers and are seeking guidance and tools to help navigate the job search.

The second, "Updating Your Workplace Skills: Education and Training Options," will provide information about college and training programs that can help Vermonters advance and update their workplace skills. Each two-hour event is free and open to the public.

The first workshop will be in Brattleboro, Feb. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Harmony Place. The second workshop will be in Brattleboro, March 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., also at Harmony Place.

For more information or to register for a workshop, call the academic center in which the event is being held. The contact information for all centers can be found at

University of New Haven names local students to Dean's List

ORANGE, CONN. >> Madison Derosia and Megan Walker, both of Brattleboro, and Katherine Nopper, of Newfane, were named to Dean's List at the University of New Haven for the Fall 2015 semester.

Vermont Academy releases fall honor roll

SAXTONS RIVER >> Vermont Academy recently recognized a number of local and area students for their academic achievement during the winter trimester of the 2015-2016 school year. High Honors is Vermont Academy's highest achievement and earned by those students with a grade point average of 3.67 and above.

Seniors, High Honors: Tinga Adiang (Jericho), Jack Derwin (Walpole, N.H.), Henry Lehmann (Hanover, N.H.), John Henry Paluszek (Farmington, N.H.), Evan Ray (Brookline), Ryan Strickland (Marlow, N.H.), Jocelyn Trendell (Keene, N.H.). Seniors, Honors: Angela Eucker (Manchester Center), Devin Hogan (Alstead, N.H.), Maggie McKay (Vernon), Max McLaughlin (Westmoreland, N.H.), Courtney Prentiss (Alstead, N.H.), Aidan Therrien (Alstead, N.H.). Seniors, Dean's List: Lilia Curtis (Keene, N.H.), Corrinne Hardesty (Saxtons River), Ronan Khalsa (West Dummerston), Whitley Neumeister (Vernon), Sarah Williams (Brattleboro).

Juniors, High Honors: Lizzie Adams (Saxtons River), Katy Brennan (Saxtons River), Andrew Kalpakian (Keene, N.H.), Cara Linder (Townshend), Francis O'Keefe (Walpole, N.H.), Allegra Wu (Saxtons River). Juniors, Honors: Haley Boucher (Colchester), Jahyde Bullard (Bellows Falls). Juniors, Dean's List: James Gallagher (South Londonderry), Brendan Therrien (Alstead, N.H.).

Sophomores, High Honors: Brian Anderson (Walpole, N.H.), Dariel Echanis (Saxtons River), Conor Harrington (Walpole, N.H.), Ava Hill (Andover, N.H.), Niklas Johnson (Brattleboro), Kyra Rideout (Hinsdale, N.H.), Will Svensson (Saxtons River). Sophomores, Honors: Allison Buckley (Brattleboro); Logan Cota (Bellows Falls), Allysun Erunski (Chesterfield, N.H.), Ian Fenn (Brattleboro), Julianne Liebow (Townshend).

Freshman, High Honors: Anita Blossom (Saxtons River), Gwen Coger (Chester), Jakob Curtis (Keene, N.H.), Sydney Henry (Brattleboro), Anika Kapral (Dummerston), Samuel Kendrick (Brattleboro), John Peloso (Townshend). Freshman, Honors: Abigail Brennan (Saxtons River), Miranda Fuller (Putney), Maureen Hughes (Westminster). Freshman, Dean's List: Lilianna Ricker (Concord, N.H.), Calvin Stebbins (Brattleboro), Eleanor Stetson (Saxtons River), Anja Stolper (Walpole, N.H.), Cody Thurber (Springfield).

Youth Services RAMP Program seeks high school participants for career mentoring

BRATTLEBORO >> As students get into high gear during their second semester, Youth Services Workforce Development staff are busy seeking referrals of youth, ages 13 to 17, in need of extra support and career mentoring at Brattleboro Union High School and Bellows Falls Union High.

Now in its fifth year, Youth Services' Ready-to-Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) meets once a week after school to connect students with professionals for career-focused mentoring and to encourage them to remain in school. Adult mentors join students on site tours to businesses and colleges, serve on occasion as guest speakers, and help participants work on their personal career plans, according to Susan Lawson-Kelleher, the organization's Workforce Development Coordinator.

Careers in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are particularly emphasized, but students of all interests are encouraged to apply. Mentors are sought who have an ability to relate to young people who often live in difficult circumstances and who have a willingness to share good job readiness skills that might spark a teenager's interests.

RAMP meets once a week after school during the academic year at Brattleboro Union High School on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and at Bellows Falls Union High School on Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m.

As a job training program attendance is incentivized, with each student earning $5 for each session attended. To find out more information or to refer a youth you think might benefit from career mentoring, call Susan Lawson-Kelleher at Youth Services at 802-257-0361 or email

Local student achieves Dean's List at The College of New Jersey

Ewing, N.J. >> Emily Dirusso, of Spofford, N.H., who is studying special education, was named the Dean's List at The College of New Jersey for the fall 2015 semester.

CCV offering free course to high school students

BELLOWS FALLS >> The Community College of Vermont is offering a free course to area high school-aged students beginning next month. The course, "Introduction to College Studies," will be held on Mondays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and will run from Feb. 22 to May 16. It will meet in the conference room at the Waypoint Center, 17 Depot St.

Introduction to College Studies is a non-credit course that provides an orientation to the college experience and career exploration for high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. This course helps students make the transition to college and career by providing a thorough overview of the skills and expectations necessary to succeed in academic and professional settings.

Students can enroll at For more information about the course and how to sign up, contact Debra Grant at 802-885-8372 or

Two local students receive welding certification

SPRINGFIELD >> Two Industrial Trades students at the River Valley Technical Center took and passed the American Welding Society Certification.

Josh Tubbs and John Hildreth passed their AWS Certiffication in Welding 3G Structural Plate. The 3G certifications mean that they are certified to weld groove joints and fillet joints on structural plate carbon steel up to 3/4" thick in the flat, horizontal, and vertical positions. The 1G means the student is certified to weld fillet welds and groove welds in the flat position on structural plate carbon steel up to 3/4" thick.

RVTC's Industrial Trades students have been training for this certification for the past few months. According to the American Welding Society web site, the American Welding Society offers a number of certification programs to assist industry in identifying qualified welding personnel and to provide opportunities for welding professionals to demonstrate their qualifications to the welding industry.

Elms College names local student to Dean's List

CHICOPEE, MASS. >> George Haley, of Brattleboro, was named to The College of Our Lady of the Elms Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions