Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
My name is Cheyenne, I am a junior at the Mascoma Valley Regional High School and I go to the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center as well. Throughout the year, I have been in the Building Trades program at the HACTC. I have learned many skills and knowledge in this program which I have used outside of the class, as well as in preparation for my future. I went into Building Trades to learn anything I could about being a residential electrician. In the beginning, we learned about foundations, plumbing, interior framing, most recently we have been working on electricity and roofing.
I am very proud to say that I am the only girl in the class this year, and I have the honor of being the first female our licensed electrician has taught. My main focus is electricity, and I have been learning a lot about it. Though most of it has been working with wires, one of the things I have discovered is that there is a lot of carpentry in being an electrician as well. These skills include measuring, cutting and nailing boards in place. It also includes marking and drilling holes for the wires. This trade has a very wide range of knowledge that one needs to know before participating in it.
I personally find this class amazing and very useful in life. I know how to run wires, wire a power outlet, and wire a light switch. I am very grateful for this experience because my house is in need of a lot of work and the skills I am learning in this class have been helping me in the real world as well. I plan on advancing these skills as I grow older and hopefully some day I will be back in this class, but as the teacher, teaching electrical work.