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January Student of the Month
Aleksander Pelton has been named the Windham Regional Career Center's (WRCC) latest student of the month. A resident of Brookline, VT, Alek is a sophomore at Leland and Gray High School, while additionally taking a number of his courses at the Career Center in Brattleboro. He was nominated for this award by his woodworking instructor, Tom Fagella, who shared that Alek is "always respectful and often helpful to other students who may not be a skilled yet as he is." Fagella noted that Alek supports and encourages his fellow students, demonstrates real enthusiasm for his school work, and sets high personal standards for himself.
Alek was enrolled in both a pre-tech woodworking class and in Geometry in Construction during his first semester at the Career Center. This semester, he's continuing with his woodworking course while also taking Introduction to Automotive Technology. He's been happy with his coursework so far, "I've liked them all a lot. They're giving me more hands-on learning activities that I've gotten in regular classes." He said that courses at the Career Center are often comprised of a short period of classroom instructional time followed by the bulk of time working on projects at his own pace within a shop environment.
Alek works part-time at WW Building Supply in Newfane, where he's gained familiarity with a variety of construction supplies and materials while working in a construction retail business. After he graduates, Alek expects that he'll work either for a construction company or for an auto repair business. He's not sure yet, so he intends to continue taking courses at the Career Center in both areas during his junior and seniors years of high school. Both the Career Center's auto tech program and its construction program offer the opportunity for work place learning through its cooperative education program. This on-the-job learning experience should help Alek determine which path he'll eventually pursue. He's currently thinking that he'll work for a year after he graduates, and then attend Vermont Technical College, Universal Technical Institute, or Ohio Technical College.