The following is written by Hartford Area Career Technical Center student Curtis Steins.
Computer Technology Applications (CTA) is a HACTC program in which computer programming, networking and hardware skills are taught. The class is 135 minutes every day for two years, through junior and senior years of high school. It is available to students in schools throughout the Upper Valley. So far this year, juniors have learned how to construct and disassemble computers, and design and code websites, and seniors have learned more networking skills and computer programming in C++. Students in CTA have built or repaired computers for several people and classes this year.
Our leadership club is the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). It is one of several leadership clubs offered at the HACTC that provide leadership opportunities and learning. Several times a year FBLA students give back by getting involved in community service opportunities. In one project we raise money for the March of Dimes. In another, we work for the Polar Express at Christmas time. And yet another is through the annual food drive to benefit The Upper Valley Haven. FBLA students also contribute their time as student mentors and instructors to the Computer Club at the Ottauquechee School, and work with senior citizens at the Bugbee Senior Center. Helping our community is always of interest to us.
The many community service opportunities that we participate in reinforce the concept of Respect. Respect is very important to the community that is the HACTC. It is the first of the six principles in the HACTC mission statement: “Respect. Engage. Learn. Work. Serve. Grow.” Before we engage and can embrace engagement, respect must be present. We work hard to build this respect through purposeful relationships between teachers and students, and purposeful relationships amongst students. We believe that this respect must be built and maintained. We believe that Respect is the foundation allowing student engagement in learning.