Hartford Area Career & Technology Center
Building and learning skills in business and making community connections has been an important part of my educational career. I am a second year student in the Business Administration program at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center. Over the last 2 years I have learned skills in communications, accounting, leadership, human resources, personal finance and computer technology applications. In addition to learning these business skills, I had the opportunity to complete a cooperative education experience at a local business.
The Cooperative Education program is designed to allow those students who, in the opinion of their instructor, have the skills necessary to enter the workforce to acquire actual on-the-job training and experience in a career or technically related field. The program allows the student to apply the skills learned in the classroom under actual employment conditions. Co-op also gives the student experience in searching for a job, being interviewed by an employer, working with adults, and developing interpersonal relationship skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. At the end of my junior year, I was given the opportunity through the BA program to work as an administrative assistant at the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce in Quechee, Vermont. During my 8 months at the Chamber, I was responsible for daily operations, talking to members, e-mail marketing, keeping files, general data upkeep, reports and much more. I worked assisting both the Executive Director and the Board of Directors, as well as committees involved with certain event planning and preparation. I worked at, helped organize, and facilitate functions such as the Business After Hours events, the 34th Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft, and Music Festival, and the 3rd Annual Quechee Haunted Trail walk. I applied lessons I learned in the classroom and had a real life learning experience at the chamber.
For the first time in my life, I used the skills and curriculum I learned in the real world. Before this experience, I never thought that anything I learned in class would actually be useful, especially to me at work. It has been a fantastic experience for me because, I got to make real life connections and meet people in the business world that I would not have otherwise had access to. The BA Program allowed me to broaden my spectrum of business knowledge, get hands on experience, and assist in a non-profit organization that I would have otherwise not known about. I am eternally grateful for the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center and the opportunities that it puts in front of its students, it is truly a beautiful sanctuary of learning and has thoroughly enhanced my academic experience.