- September 2013
The Carpentry Instructors, Michael Nobrega and Ken Vautrin, are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the business community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.
Mike Nobrega: Mike is one of the original Carpentry graduates from Monty Tech. After college, he spent 20 years in the high-tech industry as a Manufacturing Engineer, designing electronic test systems and bar code tracking systems used worldwide. He then re-entered the construction industry, working on residential and light-commercial projects. Mike also managed his own small business. Prior to returning to college to pursue his educator degree, he was the Construction Manager for North Central Massachusetts Habitat for Humanity. Mike is happily married with two daughters and enjoys woodworking, gardening, cooking, and the great outdoors.
Ken Vautrin: One of the two carpentry instructors, Ken focuses on large scale construction. In particular, Ken leads students through an actual house building project - from beginning to end.
The carpentry program develops student skills for eventual entry-level career opportunities upon graduation. Safety is of paramount importance and students begin their training with a strong foundation of safety measures and build upon those critical skills for the entire time in the carpentry program.
FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. Trade programs have large shops filled with the same tools and technologies used by those men and women working in the trades.
Carpentry Customer Work: As a true extension of the classroom, authentic carpentry projects are critically important to the learning environment. FCTS facility projects, along with projects for municipal and non-profit groups, offer hands-on learning to the students. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! The last few years, FCTS has partnered with the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity organization. The mission of Habitat is to build and provide quality, modest homes for hardworking families. The "to be" owners of the home work on the house on weekends with other volunteers. This process is called "Sweat Equity". During school year week days, Ken teaches the complexities of carpentry in a truly authentic classroom - the home he and the students build. It is a great partnership and experience. Requests for FCTS business work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Vocational Curriculum Director.
In order to calculate grade point average (GPA), each course will be awarded a rating based on the number of periods a class/shop is in session, the credit assigned to the shop and whether the course is required to meet graduation requirements as mandated under the Massachusetts Education Reform Law. Grading systems are developed by individual departments and instructors and vary in context and content. Instructors are given the flexibility to develop grading systems and standards, based on their expectations and department guidelines.
Cooperative education work placement offers students an additional learning dimension to their educational experience and is designed to expand their knowledge and skills through a work place experience in the business community. This supervised, instructional experience is directly related to their career & vocational technical program, and carries school credit. Students are evaluated by their employer and the CTE coordinators, using a work-based learning plan with clear learning goals with the vocational technical teachers, the employer, and the student.