As a student, teachers are always telling me, “think about your future and where you see yourself in (insert some odd number of years here)”. Last year as a freshman, I thought about what I wanted to do as a sophomore. I chose the Career and Technology Exploration (CTE) program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center (HACTC). My name is Lucas Getman, and I’m a sophomore at Mascoma Valley Regional High School.
Going into the HACTC seemingly knowing already what I wanted to do in my future, I kept an open and positive mind in trying new things at the school as it’s the only way to discover cool and interesting things - especially doing the program I am in now. The CTE program lets you visit for two weeks each all of the programs that the HACTC offers, plus you do some math, English and art in the classroom with the teacher Mike Viens.
I’m hoping that in my future I can get into the Building Trades program, and after high school even get a job in that field. CTE would help me because it teaches a lot of the same math that you have to do in that class and lets me experience what that class does. I chose the CTE program because of those reasons. Already knowing some things about some of the programs, and little about the rest of them, I was pretty intimidated about going into those programs. For me, it was as important to find out what I didn’t want to do as to what I wanted to do.
What I really like about the HACTC is that I can meet and build friendships with people from different schools. I have also been able to meet all the teachers and staff at the school, and that will help to build future relationships and friendships with them. All the people I already knew, I get to see in a different place and setting. Even if students aren’t successful in their home school, over here you can do really well.