Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
My name is Lilly Connolly and I am a junior in the Culinary Arts program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. I was chosen to be on the student advisory board during my time at HACTC. The student advisory board comes together once a month to discuss events that are happening in the school. The student advisory members get to have input into developing future rules for the programs to follow. Advisory also is a chance for members and the Director, Mr. Heavisides, aka “H”, to catch up on every program and learn how they are doing. There is one student to represent each of the programs at HACTC.
This year the student advisory group helped rewrite the mission statement of the school. Student representatives felt that including Respect, along with the other values of Work, Grow, Serve, Engage, and Learn was important and we were supported by H and the faculty. Student representatives also were able to preview the end of year evaluation survey and help determine which questions will be used and which ones were not as useful. Students advisory also assists with the quarterly awards assembly. The group also works on other issues that affect students, such as the dress code.
Being on the student advisory board has helped me grow as a student and a leader this year. When Chef Tomlinson first asked me if I would participate in the HACTC student advisory board, I was not sure that it was for me. Eventually, I decided to stretch and join the group. I am really glad that I did because I am a person that usually does not put herself “out there” in large groups. I have enjoyed getting to know the other students on the board, learning about the other programs, getting to know “H” better (who, by the way, rocks), and having some say about what happens in the school. I was even an MC for the third quarter assembly awards. I survived that and I am going to speak at the end of year banquet too. HACTC is a great place to grow, learn, engage, serve, work and you have to respect that!