ATC director says program is healthy

Don Jalbert, director of the Region 14 Applied Technology Center at ConVal High School, says a recent Department of Education evaluation indicates the program is on the right track.

Jalbert told ConVal School Board members on Monday that the state recommends that the ATC staff develop a three-year plan, based on student needs.

Part of that effort involves moving the alternative education students at ConVal High School from portable classrooms into space in the high school formerly used by the Pine Hill Child Care Center as part of the ATC’s Careers in Education program.

That move will double the amount of square feet available for alternative education and moving to a new classroom and a preschool program at Peterborough Elementary School will double the space available for Careers in Education students.

Jalbert said most first-year classes in the ATC are fully enrolled and many exploratory classes have a waiting list.

“We can all agree college isn’t for everyone,” he said. “We have to do a much better job of helping students know their options.”

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