PETERBOROUGH – In case you missed it, Monadnock-Ledger Transcript reported on Senator Maggie Hassan’s visit to Contoocook Valley (ConVal) School District’s Applied Technology Center last week, where she heard from school administrators, teachers, students, and local employers about how its career and technical education programs help prepare students for in-demand jobs in the modern economy.
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Monadnock-Ledger Transcript: U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan tours technology center at ConVal
By Josh Lacaillade
A fire drill did not stop New Hampshire Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan from touring ConVal’s Region 14 Applied Technology Center.
On Friday, Hassan visited the center in commemoration of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in New Hampshire. According to Hassan, the purpose of the tour was to meet with CTE students and faculty to discuss the importance of funding career-focused programs in New Hampshire public schools.
Hassan serves on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, where she focuses on passing bills that support the funding and implementation of career pathway programs across the United States. According to her press secretary, Sydney Petersen, Hassan helped to secure a $75 million increase in the Perkins Program last year, which focuses on funding career and technical education programs at ConVal and schools across New Hampshire.
During the tour, ConVal students, including junior AJ Reagan and seniors Alicia Connolly and Jessica Henrickson, led Hassan into various classrooms within the Applied Technology Center, including the digital photography room, the business center and the woodworking shop. However, the tour was abruptly interrupted by a routine fire drill. Despite the unexpected turn of events, Hassan was embraced with hugs, kind words and group photos by dozens of ConVal students in the parking lot during the fire drill.
[…] Following the Applied Technology Center tour, Hassan said she will continue to fight for CTE funding in New Hampshire based on student success.
“The purpose of education is for people to discover what they love and what they’re good at. [CTE programs] are really important and this kind of visit wouldn’t happen anywhere else in the country. Here in New Hampshire, we really try to solve things.”