1. Toshen
    Toshen February 9, 2018 at 10:17 pm | | Reply

    Wonderful episode, Erica, thank you! The enthusiasm of the kids is heartening, and the wisdom of the teachers is inspiring. Reminds me of Matthew B. Crawford’s book, Shop Class as Soulcraft, a book I highly recommend. I mostly worked in offices; I think my woodworking hobby as well as the evenings and weekends invested in remodeling our home was what kept me reasonably sane!

  2. Ed Kennedy
    Ed Kennedy February 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm | | Reply

    My recommendation: If you are in St J on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday have lunch at the Hilltopper Café. a café run by the students in Culinary Arts. The students do the cooking, baking, serving and everything related to running their own business. The food is excellent, the service is impeccable. The menu changes but always is to a particular theme. Reservations are not required but its reputation keeps it full, so be prepared.
    phone: 802 748 4672

  3. Christopher Leonard
    Christopher Leonard February 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm | | Reply

    Yet another very informative episode. Thank you Erica.

  4. marianne ross
    marianne ross February 11, 2018 at 9:40 pm | | Reply

    dear erica
    this story is a ray of light in the present dark landscape in the usa.
    the young people are so present, articulate, and aware of the large picture!
    thanks to them, and their teacher, and you.

  5. Frances Cone
    Frances Cone February 12, 2018 at 11:11 am | | Reply

    Thank you for noticing. This place is special and goes unnoticed for
    the most part. I have worked here for twenty-five years teaching
    Human Services and many of my students are now working in the various Human Services fields
    around town. Our class includes time on internships around town and there
    is an amazing feeling to see a student in a workplace environment working
    side by side with area professionals. When you see them walk into a classroom
    or daycare and see the children rush to them and hug their legs. These students
    don’t always succeed in an academic class but thrive in a work environment.

  6. Angela
    Angela February 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for highlighting the value in our trades. It’s becoming more and more challenging to find skilled tradesman. And as they age out we are seeing a lack of people entering fields. I worry for the time when our go to mason finally retires (he’s in his 70’s). And if you have needed to find a plumber or electrician lately the waiting list is long.

  7. Emily Alger
    Emily Alger February 13, 2018 at 1:44 pm | | Reply

    This is the only pod-cast I’ve found during which I learn something about the world and about myself every episode. I laugh and I cry, sometimes both at once. Thanks Erica, for your thoughtful, compassionate, and brave story-telling!

  8. Chris Noto
    Chris Noto February 15, 2018 at 10:29 pm | | Reply

    Erica, I love this episode and I love your podcast. I love the heart and mind that sees these stories, interviews these people, records all this sound, takes all these pictures, and shares it all with the world, including me. Thank you.

  9. Paula Bystrzycki
    Paula Bystrzycki February 18, 2018 at 3:49 pm | | Reply

    Thank you for coming into our classrooms, recognizing the value of what we do in our CTE classes, and highlighting our students’ capabilities. As a Culinary Arts instructor at the Academy, I also found my direction because of the class I now teach. Like the students in the interview, I found what path I would follow because of CTE. My students are the reason my job is so enjoyable and fulfilling. I am truly a very fortunate and am grateful to be able to share what I have learned with others.

  10. Scott Farr
    Scott Farr March 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm | | Reply

    Outstanding story….other CTE models in Vermont include the full day model and the half-day model where students attend their home high school and the CTE center for parts of the day. All models have merit.

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