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LRTC students manufacture pizza oven

Lakes Region Technology Center's Precision Manufacturing students Teddy Broska, at left, Jagger Chesley (busy preparing pizza for lunch), and Dylan McKay (ready to take freshly cooked pizza out of their newly constructed pizza oven) were pleased with the project that took them most of the semester to complete. (Photo by Elissa Paquette) (click for larger version)
November 26, 2020
WOLFEBORO — The pressures of COVID-19 have changed the educational landscape these days. Students in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District are participating in what is called the hybrid model, a program that has students divided into two groups, scheduled for Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday classes with remote learning in between.

With less time together in school, students are eager to be in class, says Lakes Region Technology Center Principal Bruce Farr.

"Students appreciate the efforts of their teachers and staff and are showing an outstanding commitment to their education," he adds.

Scott Meserve's Precision Manufacturing students are a case in point. On Friday, Nov. 20, students came outdoors to the parking lot to test out the pizza oven they helped construct, from flat metal to final working oven. Jagger Chesley applied his work experience at the New Durham General Store to the making and covering of rounds of pizza dough provided by Chef Pat Brideau of the Culinary Arts program, as his fellow students looked on. The oven was hot, and it fell to Dylan McKay to do the honors of lifting completed pizza out for quick consumption.

McKay said it took most of the semester to build the oven from start to finish. On Friday, they were able to enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Precision Manufacturing is just one of a number of courses of instruction that attract students to the school from area towns within and outside of the school district, including Moultonborough, Alton, Barnstead, Farmington and Middleton.

"Everyone needs a balanced education," Farr said. "Public education must provide our young people with an appreciation for the arts, academic skills, civic engagement and job skills...Growing up in rural New Hampshire, I witnessed the effect of not having the skills to be successfully employed and the benefits of having valued skills in the workplace. In his opinion, it is "a continuing issue that the general public still does not know about this educational arm in the state. In many ways, Career Technical Education continues to be an unseen 'jewel' of public education."

Other courses include instruction in Agricultural Science, Auto Collision Repair, Auto Service Tchnology, Construction Trades, Computer Networking, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, Multimedia, Marketing, Hospitality and Tourism, Careers in Education, and Theater Stage Craft.

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