Gary Taylor served in the military and worked as a police officer after graduating from Burlington High School in 1973. He didn’t think a college degree was all that important. Taylor grew up in a blue collar family with a father who believed that if you didn’t work with your hands, it didn’t count as work.
A CCV student named Ali is speaking French as he scrapes the last serving of a thick and fragrant stew from a casserole dish. A hungry guest wearing a wide grin holds out a bowl.
Paige Perkins is ready to get to work. She has been since she was a junior in high school. She is the kind of person who’s spent a lot of time thinking about what she wants to be when she grows up. “I always thought I wanted to be a forensic psychologist,” she says. “That was my eighth grade project.” And by sophomore year of high school, Perkins had set her sights on becoming a nurse.
“If you asked me three years ago if I would have come to Montpelier to talk about leadership, I would have probably not answered you. When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t the type of guy to go out and do things. I wasn’t really involved in my community,” said Justin Bourdeau. “But when I started taking classes at CCV, I started doing things for my community that I didn’t think I would be doing.”
Belle Kidder was 14 when she took Introduction to College Studies (ICS) at Fair Haven Union High School—she was the only freshman in the class. “When I signed up I had no idea what I was getting myself into,” said Kidder, who had been homeschooled before joining the class at Fair Haven.
Kelly Blue earned her associate degree in accounting from CCV six years ago. Now her son Patrick, a senior at Windsor High School, is taking his second dual enrollment class through CCV—meaning he’s earning college credits free of charge. Blue says she’s glad her son is being exposed to the real-life experience of college. And earning college credits tuition free isn’t a bad place to start.
In honor of the warmth that’s surely on its way, we’re kicking off this edition of Notable Now with a beach scene painted by Senior Administrative Assistant Kim Barbour at Morrisville’s March 23rd Paint Night! The event raised $360 for the Morrisville Student Assistance Fund. Happy Spring!
When Stacy Garciadealba was getting ready to graduate from high school, she traveled from her hometown of Grafton to tour colleges all along the East Coast. She left every visit feeling that “this isn’t for me.” She was the oldest in her family, the first child to go through the college process—“I called myself ‘the trial child,’” she said—and she’d be paying her own way.
Family was a powerful theme at Friday’s Leadership Luncheon at CCV-Montpelier. Despite last week’s storm, students, staff, and family members traveled from all corners of the state to gather for the annual luncheon with President Joyce Judy.
For Shanna LaFlamme and Tracy Moyer, leadership starts with listening. Both are dedicated to helping their neighbors face mental health and substance abuse issues, and they say that often the most effective way to do that is by going back to the basics.