Lain Stevens has been named the Windham Regional Career Center’s (WRCC) student of the month. A resident of Grafton, VT, Lain will be graduating from Leland and Gray High School, while having taken a number of his courses these past two years at the Career Center in Brattleboro. He was nominated for this award by his Automotive Technology instructor, Jim Valliere, who said that Lain has been a consistent and hard-working student. He particularly noted Lain’s excellent work recently, repairing the Career Center’s skidder.
Lain has taken good advantage of his courses at the Career Center, where he’s enjoyed the “hands-on” learning provided there and the preparation he’s been receiving for his intended career as a mechanic. He shared that he’s particularly liked that he was gaining “first hand skills and experience, like I would in a real-life job.” He’s still deciding between pursuing college next year and finding work locally as a mechanic. He’s been considering both SUNY Cobleskill and the University of Northwestern Ohio, with an interest in majoring in heavy equipment mechanics and hydraulics. He also has a couple leads he’s pursuing for work after he graduates.
Lain has taken a number of courses at the Career Center during his junior and senior years there. They include Machine Operations & Maintenance, which is taught through the school’s forestry program; Introduction to Automotive Repair, Technical & Professional English, Criminal Justice, a component of the school’s protective services program; Career & College Readiness; Automotive Sub Systems; and Automotive Electrical Systems.
Reflecting on his experience as a student in the school’s Machine Operations & Maintenance course, he again emphasized his preference for “hands-on” learning. He shared that “I liked that we worked outside on equipment rather than staying inside and talking about it.” Similarly, in Auto Tech, Lain has enjoyed rebuilding a jeep as his senior project for that program.
The Windham Regional Career Center provides technical and career training for students from the following high schools: Brattleboro, Leland and Gray, Twin Valley, Bellows Falls, and Hinsdale NH.
Photo is of Lain Stevens working on the Career Center’s truck in his Automotive Technology class.