Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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Monday, May 7, 2018

UCT Students Take Home Medals at MA State SkillsUSA Championships


I want to congratulate the following students for placing at the Massachusetts State SkillsUSA Championships this month. Each year, career and technical education students across the nation compete from the local to national level, showcasing the excellent vocational technical skills they are gaining in their areas of study.

UCT students who earned medals at the state competition are listed below. Those who earned Gold move on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June.

GOLD MEDALISTS:
Calvin Sylvia: Cabinetmaking
Elias Rotondo: Internetworking
Delaney Gosse, Jill Taylor and Cara Cox: OSHA Multi Chapter
Nate Zylich, Chrissy Destefano and Jackson St. Don: OSHA Single Chapter

SILVER MEDALISTS: 
Tyler Sprague: Cabinetmaking
Emma Rossetti, Bradley Marcosa and Derek Duggan: Career Pathways Natural Resources Daniel Wylie: Diesel Equipment Technology

BRONZE MEDALISTS:
Noelle Tavares, Ashley Perry and Faith Ball-Roemer: American Spirit
Nicholas DelMonico: Collision Repair
Sonya Pina and model Vanessa Estrela: Cosmetology under 500 hours
Caitlyn McGee: First Aid/CPR
James Staple: Marine Technology Services



Students Meet With Potential Employers at Career Placement Fair


Here at Upper Cape Tech, our goal for our students is that every senior have a plan for after graduation, whether that is college or technical school, military, or full-time employment: That’s why we’ve developed the Career Placement Fair.

This fair is more than just one day of students interviewing with local employers, though: It’s a school-year-long program that supports students who don’t have a clear post-graduation path and helps them find full-time employment after getting their UCT diplomas.

The UCT staff identified seniors who are looking for full time employment, as well as those who plan to attend college locally and are looking for part time positions, and included them in surveys and workshops throughout the school year.

These surveys helped the determine what the students’ might enjoy doing post-graduation, and enabled UCT staff to approach relevant employers that might be interested in hiring UCT grads.

Those employers were at the fair on May 4, where students dressed their best and came with resumes that they created in a resume workshop at UCT. They were well-prepared for their interviews because of the interviewing workshop they attended.

This program has proven successful in the past, with UCT graduates starting careers at Home Depot, Onset Computers, and Falmouth Hospital just to name a few.

Thanks to the team who has developed and fostered the Career Placement Fair, and thanks to all the employers and students who participated. We can’t wait to see where this opportunity will take these students!

Friday, May 4, 2018

UCT Saves Money With Alternative Energy!


The numbers on alternative energy savings don’t lie!

Upper Cape Tech’s alternative energy sources have saved taxpayers in 2017 and 2018, and I’m excited to share them.

Our off-site wind turbine saved a total of $38,037 via 1 MW net metering credits in 2017 and 2018, while our on-site solar panels generated $9,337 in savings via 330 KW net metering credits since their installation earlier this year.

The solar panels provide 50% of their output to UCT, and the other half goes to power the Bourne Recreation Department.

That’s a grand total of $47,374 in savings! Environmentally reducing our carbon footprint with productive investment in alternative energy at UCT.

Monday, April 16, 2018

UCT Students Honored at Green Difference Awards 2018

I want to congratulate our students who were honored at the 2018 Green Difference Awards at the State House on April 13th.

Upper Cape Tech received honorable mention in The National Green Difference Awards for the Environmental Shop’s “Food Waste Innovation with Greenovation.”

This program uses STEM as the backbone for a green initiative which turns food waste into education. UCT will now be invited to participate in special programs throughout the year and will featured in the “Project Green Schools” website and publications.

Great job, Environmental Shop!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Student Spotlight: DJ Willett

What did a typical week of high school look like for you?

For Upper Cape Tech junior D.J. Willett, it depends. Some weeks you’ll find him behind a desk taking academic classes in Bourne, but on the off weeks he reports to work at Cape Associates at 7:30 a.m., where he’ll shadow carpenters and learn from their expertise.

Cape Associates has been in operation since 1971, and is a third-generation family business, now owned by the grandchildren of founder Lester F. Langhans, Jr. For years the company has been making changes to, and building, hundreds of custom homes on Cape Cod. The company offers a number of services, including custom building, renovations, property management and painting.

D.J. has been working at Cape Associates now since January. On the weeks he works, he typically puts in 40 hours, although he’s reduced his hours now that baseball season has started so he can make it to games and practices.

Besides learning amazing skills, he gets paid more than minimum wage for his time. He said the weeks at Cape Associates feel like a relief from his academics, and that the break doing carpentry helps him be a better academic student when he’s at school.

“This week I was drilling through concrete, reframing a door, putting down subfloors,” he said. “Tomorrow I’ll be working on a house in Chatham and then I have a baseball game at 2:30.”

So far he enjoys framing and flooring work the most. Why carpentry? D.J. says his family has a business with condos, and he has an uncle who is an electrician and one who is a plumber. He chose carpentry so he could do repair work himself and not need to hire anybody else.

In the future, D.J. wants to go into the Coast Guard and college. D.J. ended up working for Cape Associates after he applied online. He had an interview and then got a position in the co-op.

“We interview interested students and take on ones that we feel would be a good fit for us,” Human Resources Manager at Cape Associates, Lindsay Cole, said. “We have the students fill out an application for employment.”

“We want to help nurture and provide a learning environment for carpentry students who may also stay on as an employee after their graduation,” Cole said. “Our goal is to help teach students already interested in the carpentry trade more skills and cultivate them into being potential employees. We are hoping to teach them all aspects of carpentry along with ‘real-world’ job skills.”

So far, it’s been successful for D.J., who said he’s enjoyed his time at the co-op and has already recommended working at Cape Associates to a friend. D.J. will work at Cape Associates through the end of the school year, and may come back during his senior year as well.

“We are hoping they are able to hone the carpentry skills already learned at Tech as well as learn new skills from their co-workers on the job,” Cole said.

She said Cape Associates wants their students to take with them new skills and the feeling of accomplishment as well as the feeling that Cape Associates is a great place to work.

“I really enjoy meeting different people and working with them, and getting to know them,” Willett said.