Career & Technical Training
Step Up To Child care
Orientation: February 8, 3-5PM
CPR Certification: February 12, 8:30AM-1:30PM at North Country Career Center
Primed for Success: Tuesdays, February 15 through April 5, 3-6PM
Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals: Thursdays, February 10 through May 26, 5-8PM
THERE ARE ONLY EIGHT SPOTS IN OUR COHORT GROUP — SO DON’T Miss YouR Spot!
Are you interested in starting your own home child care or working in a child care program? Students in this program will prepare to enter the field and have the opportunity to earn at least $500 in paid internships at St. Johnsbury School District, Little Dippers Doodle or Cherry Street Playcare. This program includes CPR/first aid certification, Vermont Online Mandated Reporter Training, the online Vermont Orientation Training, the Primed for Success professional skills curriculum, and the 45 hour Fundamentals for Early Childhood Professionals all in one tuition.
Participating Instructors include Annie Christoni and Markus Vogt of NEKLS, Chris Nelson, a community and program support specialist at Lets Grow Kids and Jennifer McGarvin, Human Services Instructor at St. Johnsbury Academy.
Tuition support may be available through VSAC or DOL grants and scholarships.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training
January 11-April 23, 2022 | T/Th 6-9PM and some Saturdays
The Emergency Medical Technician course prepares the student to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMT’s, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting, and providing patient transportation. The course is meant for both those students that are new to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems and those that have obtained EMR licensure. EMT is the primary licensure for any transporting EMS service.
The training is facilitated by Alissa M. Fontaine, NRP, I/C, AS, BS, MS Candidate, Alissa is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. An active EMS provider for 10 years, she is a Nationally Registered, Vermont Licensed Paramedic and EMS Educator, and was named Vermont’s EMS Educator of the Year in 2020. She holds additional instructor ratings for Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Advanced Medical Life Support, and is an American Heart Association BLS Instructor.
Tuition support may be available through VSAC or DOL grants and scholarships.
COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE (CDL)
Starts Monday, March 7, 2022 | Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM
Earn your CDL class A and start your new career. This course includes classroom and road training, permit testing, road testing, DOT physical, and drug testing. Students must be over 18 years old with a valid Vermont driver license and the ability to pass a DOT physical. Significant tuition reductions are available for qualifying students. First two weeks of classroom instruction may be delivered via Zoom online for Covid safety. Call prior to registration if your license has been suspended in the last three years or for tuition assistance.
Online | Open Enrollment
(Includes OSHA card)
Students will learn safe work practices and earn their OSHA-10 Construction industry cards. Fully online, asynchronous format allows students to log in any time of the day or night. This course is perfect for anyone returning to a construction job site for the summer season.
April 9 | 8AM-5PM (9 hrs)
$125 (includes exam)
Earn the nationally-recognized ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification. Students will learn the importance of food safety and how to prevent the spread of pathogens in the flow of food from purchasing and receiving through serving and storing.
Home Improvement Skills
Introduction to Electrical Wiring
February 15-March 10 | 5-8PM
Learn the basics of electrical wiring. This course will be tailored to participant needs and interests, and students will practice basic wiring for immediate use in their own homes. Practical applications will include installation of switches, receptacles, and light fixtures.
This course is facilitated by Jeremy Roberts, master electrician and St. Johnsbury Academy CTE instructor.
Life Skills & Enrichment
How To Talk To Teens
Course will be offered at three times choose one.
Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 10AM-2:30PM
Saturday, May 14, 2022 | 10AM-2:30PM
Would you like to have a better understanding of your teen? Would you like more family harmony in the time of unprecedented uncertainty? Join us for this interactive program designed for parents and guardians of today’s teenagers. In this class you’ll have a chance to practice active listening skills: listening to understand rather than to reply. Learn how to communicate to empower your teen as you help them find their own voice and learn to create their own solutions.
The course is offered by St. Johnsbury Academy’s own, Paige Crosby, who retired with over 30 years serving as a guidance counselor for high school students and now operates her own successful life coaching consultancy.
The Truth About Credit: Understand Credit and Credit Reports
Wednesdays, February 9 and February 16 | 6-8PM
Would you like to have a better understanding of your credit score? What it influences and how it is determined? The class will include understanding what makes up a credit score. How to read a credit report. Different kinds of reports: Credit Carma, Experian Boost etc. How to Report Inaccuracies. Ways to improve credit—realistically. Tips for managing finances (wants vs needs). How to create emergency savings.
The workshop is facilitated by Rural Edge’s Dawn Cross. St. Johnsbury Academy Adult Ed is partnering with Rural Edge to bring you this important finance class for free!
Introduction to Digital Photography
Wednesday March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 | 6-7:30PM
Aspiring photographers will practice capturing those important moments in their lives and fine tuning their personal visions. Weekly photographic assignments will include portraits/still life, action shots and landscapes, with a special focus on whatever Mother Nature throws our way for weather. From late winter to early spring with a dash of mud season thrown in for good measure, the weekly assignments will be a fun and adventurous way to capture scenes from our little part of the NEK. A digital camera with the ability to adjust aperture and shutter speed is required.
Instructor Steve Legge brings over 25 years of professional photography experience to the classroom.
Introductory Memoir Writing
Saturdays March 5, 12, 19 and 26 | 1-3PM
Everyone has a story. Every story is worth telling. Would you like to learn how to tell yours? Memoirs need to read like fiction. In this course you’ll gain the skills to write compelling stories about your life. In this course students will work on finding their voice and putting your experiences into a narrative arc. The course will also include visits from local published memoirist.
Janet Givens, a sociologist and psychotherapist, is the author of the award-winning At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir (2014) and Stuttering, included in the “Best Textbooks for 1997” by Choice Magazine. She continues her private practice and her writing in Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Introduction to French Conversation
Wednesdays, March 9-April 13 | 5:30-7PM (9 hrs)
Get ready for your next trip to Quebec! Designed for the beginner, this class will cover useful French for meeting someone new, ordering food, talking about the weather, time and dates, and more.
Instructor Normandie Lee brings over 37 years’ experience teaching French.(No class will be held on March 30, 2022).
Our Leadership Series Is Back!
Leadership is never easy, and leading through a pandemic has created new stressors. Study ways to maintain personal wellness as well as promote others’ wellbeing and sustain organizational growth. Gain tools for staying calm and staying connected. Explore ways to take care of yourself while communicating empathy for employees and building systems the organization needs.
This four-hour workshop is facilitated by Dr. Martha Dubuque whose extensive background in educational leadership includes over a decade of work as a principal in local schools and over 20 years experience as a highly-respected consultant and professional developer in the Northeast Kingdom.
Class is limited to 12 students.
Courses are $75 each
Sign up today!
Leadership Series 2022
Managing Conflict Part I: Road to Breakdown
Tuesday, January 25 | 8:30AM-12:30
Gain a new perspective on conflict. Study the stages of breakdown. Understand how hidden causes contribute to conflict. Gain communication skills for managing conflict. Learn strategies for responding to people who are engaged in difficult behaviors.
Managing Conflict Part II: Getting Back on Track
Wednesday, February 2 | 8:30AM-12:30
Examine steps for effective communication. Gain strategies for coping with anger in conflict situations. Study a process for creative problem solving. Gain some scripts for coaching people who may be stuck or unwilling to let go.
Building Trust in the Workplace
Monday, February 7 | 8:30AM-12:30
Study how basic needs that people have impact leadership. Identify management practices that promote a positive climate. Gain strategies for building trust. Learn tips for active listening.
Guiding High Performance in Times of Uncertainty and Stress
Monday, February 14 | 8:30AM-12:30
Examine different components of high performance: accountability, engagement, communication, support and well being in relation to times of organizational uncertainty, stress, or disruption.
Supporting Employees During Change Part 1: Emotions and Buy-In During Change
Wednesday, March 2 | 8:30AM-12:30
How can leaders best support employees during change? Gain strategies for building ownership and buy-in. Study factors that impact success. Discover how different variables influence complex change.
Supporting Employees During Change Part 2: Striving for Success During Change
Tuesday, March 15 | 8:30AM-12:30
How can leaders balance employees’ needs and organizational vision during change? Discuss the difference between transition and change.Gain strategies for dealing with transition. Consider the phases employees encounter as they accept change.
Transforming Your Team
Tuesday, March 29 | 8:30AM-12:30
Examine phases of group development. Gain strategies for increasing collaboration. Learn ways to improve communication among team members. Examine tools to evaluate team effectiveness.
Systems of Support that Lead Employees Forward
Wednesday, April 6 | 8:30AM-12:30
Study how creating a climate of respect combined with determining and reinforcing expectations can build an accountability system. Learn how motivation, support, monitoring, and follow-through work together to create systems that can lead employees forward and build organizational strength.
Promoting Motivation Through Engagement
Tuesday, May 3 | 8:30AM-12:30
Explore how human needs affect motivation. Gain a variety of strategies for improving engagement. Study ways that employers can support employees.