SPOTLIGHT ON BUSINESS | RANDOLPH TECHNICAL CAREER CENTER
Front Page / Jan. 31, 2013 11:34am EST
Students who complete RTCC’s programs go on to great accomplishments, whether they head off to college or careers. Meet Chelsea Driscoll and Brian Putney, RTCC graduates, each with a very special story.
Chelsea Driscoll, RTCC/RUHS class of 2004, chose a path that included RTCC’s Business Management program, college courses while enrolled in high school, and a nursing degree! Although Chelsea knew she had an interest in the health field, she chose RTCC’s program in business so she could learn important life skills such as financial management, business writing, customer service and positive communication skills. Her plan served her well.
During her senior year, Chelsea completed her program at RTCC as well as two courses at Vermont Technical College: nutrition and anatomy, and physiology. Additionally, she participated in RTCC’s Adult Education evening program and earned her Licensed Nurses Assistant certification.
After graduation, Chelsea completed her Bachelor’s degree in nursing, starting at Castleton State College in its prenursing program and completing her four-year Bachelor’s at Norwich University. Chelsea’s career in nursing has, to date, included working with the elderly at Rowan Court in Berlin and, for the past three years, in the Surgical Associates Clinic at Gifford Medical Center.
“Choose a program that you think can fit the career path you want to follow,” she advised. “You can get a head start and get the information you need to find out what you want to do.” In Chelsea’s case, she found that the endless possibilities in nursing started at RTCC.
Meet Brian Putney
Brian Putney completed RTCC’s Automotive Technology program and is now a well-respected technician at 802 Toyota in Berlin. Brian came to RTCC with a great work ethic and some very good skills and left school with a solid and rewarding career.
Brian began at 802 Toyota in a “co-op” as part of his program at RTCC. Working a few days a week, Brian moved quickly up the ladder. Phil Daley, service director, says Brian is “on track to become a master certified technician.” This includes completing on-site and off-site training provided by Toyota and then completing Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) training and testing.
Phil gave “kudos to RTCC” for helping to shape Brian’s future, citing his “professionalism, work ethic, focus and maturity.” Daley remarked that Brian is “thoroughly competent” and that it is obvious that he “enjoys his craft.”
When asked to look back and reflect on his enrollment at RTCC Brian declared, “I’m definitely glad I did it” and encouraged students currently in school to “follow what you want to do; follow your dream.”
Brian’s story is a wonderful example of how students can “follow their dreams” and, with the help of RTCC, appreciative employers, family, and their own skills and motivation, get a jump start on their careers and future training to truly get ahead!