Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
Hi, my name is Amanda LaMotte and I am a senior at Hartford High School. I am currently enrolled in the Human Services program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. The Human Services program is a two year program which you take in your Junior and Senior year.
As a junior, you are introduced to the class and all that it entails. Immediately, we are put into the community on job placements. We work with people of all ages for seven weeks at a time and are graded for our work with the community. In the end, the only grade that really matters is the benefit we receive for ourselves by helping in the community. We go through three rounds of job placements, typically in a different place each time. When we are not in placement, we are in class reading various texts that involve real-life situations and write journals to reflect on this work. In our first year we are trained and certified in first aid and CPR with collaboration from the Allied Medical program offered through the HACTC.
As seniors, we have placement for ten weeks and when we are not in placement, we are in class. Seniors of the class are able to help run the lab school for three and four year old children. As part of running the lab school, we have to develop a lesson plan for the week. I have been lucky enough to be a part of the lab school for twenty weeks, working with the young preschoolers and watching them grow. During this year, we also work on our senior projects, which we choose the topic for. The senior project must help one person, a group or a community and be a benefit for the greater good. It is remarkable the projects that come about and even more enjoyable to share these projects with parents on senior night.
This program is definitely worth taking as it teaches you about yourself, as a student as well as a leader. It is also about working in the community and making a difference, something we do not always have the opportunity to do in our high school career. It is such an amazing program and I can say I am proud to be in the Human Services program, making a difference in people’s lives that really need it.