2016-2017 LRVC HIGHLIGHTS
Lake Region Vocational Center (LRVC) has maintained an enrollment of over 200 students throughout the school year as we continue to serve students from Lake Region High School, Lake Region Middle School, Sacopee Valley High School, Sacopee Valley Middle School, Fryeburg Academy, and Mollyocket Middle School. Lake Region Vocational Center offers valuable programming in a wide variety of occupational areas.Vocational programs offered at LRVC include: Automotive Technology, Business Management, Construction Technology, Co-operative Education, Culinary Arts, Diversified Occupations, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Fire Science, Health Occupations, and Law Enforcement.
The Co-operative Education instructor travels to the three sending high schools to work with over 20 students so they can find employment in their area. This program offers on-the-job training as well as instructional support to students who wish to work outside the career fields offered through Lake Region Vocational Center.
The Diversified Occupations Program, a pre-vocational program for 8th, 9th and 10th graders, has expanded to include over 80 students from the three sending high schools and middle schools. This hands-on, project-based program includes training in Basic Construction, Auto Reconditioning, Food Service, and Small Engines; an academic Science component; and On-the-Job work experience in the community.
Each November, a follow-up of our graduates is completed by the LRVC staff. Students who successfully completed a two-year program at LRVC and graduated from their sending high school are contacted. The results continue to support the belief that vocational education is working for our students. This is based on the following:
Of the 2016 LRVC graduates:
40.8% Enrolled in post-secondary education/training
Upon graduation, students are entering a variety of post-secondary programs, occupations, and the military, proving how successful they can be with a vocational school background. Five years after graduation, 95.4% of our program completers are either employed, in the military, or enrolled in post-secondary education programs.
Highlights of the year at LRVC include:
- Student involvement in a variety of community service activities including a holiday food drive that raised $610 in cash and over $1,000 in groceries.
- Student recognition continues through the “Vocational Student of the Month Program” sponsored by the Masons of the Oriental Lodge #16 in Bridgton.
- All vocational students taking the Accuplacer Test, a placement test used by the community colleges for the purpose of identifying academic strengths and weaknesses.
- The Health Occupations program accomplishing a 100% pass rate on the State of Maine Board of Nursing CNA exam.
- Three 8th grade Diversified Occupations students competed in a short welding competition at the ABC Craft Championships held in Augusta and placed second overall losing only to a team of seniors by 7 points.
- The after school, hands-on learning program, “Cooking Matters,” sponsored by Opportunity Alliance of Maine, teamed up students with a nutritionist who helped them to prepare healthy meals.
- The Culinary Arts Program received certification, once again, from the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. This accreditation assures that a program is meeting at least a minimum of standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.
- Expansion of the PLATO Electronic Curriculum System has provided an alternative method of earning over 200+ academic credits for over 150 students from the vocational center and high school .
- The LRVC Career Fair held on May 5 will introduce area students to over 80 careers. Once again, we expect between 800 – 900 students in grades 4 – 12 to attend and speak with area employers and the military.
- Vocational programs continue to involve the community by visiting businesses and related institutions.
The following are some of this year’s field trips: Construction classes toured Sabre Yachts; Law Enforcement visited the
Cumberland County Jail; LRVC juniors/seniors toured Central Maine Community College, Husson College, and Southern Maine
Community College; EMT students did clinical internships with United Ambulance and other area rescue/ambulance services;
Fire Science students spent the day at the Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency and the Cumberland County