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Early Childhood Occupations
Class of 2013
Valerie was a PATHS Early Childhood Occupations student for just one year, but during that one year she made a huge impact on the program. Valerie completed her internship with an occupational therapist at Presumpscot School, and was able to bring new information to our class in regard to working with children who have sensory issues and other unique learning needs. Valerie went to Keene State College where she majored in psychology, with a minor in education. She is now working as a behavioral health professional, and has self-published a children’s book called The Buttercup Adventures under the pen name Margaret Ellis Raymond.
Class of 2008
Alyssa started working part time at Jøtul in 2007 while still in high school and making $13.50 an hour. After she graduated she was hired full time with a pay raise and full benefits. Now she is a lab technician and has done many duties including welder, press brake operator, laser operator, documentation assistant and R&D Lab Technician. She is also a board member of SME, which serves the manufacturing industry as a nonprofit by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce. She is finishing her pre-engineering associates degree at SMCC and will be continuing on to USM for mechanical engineering.
Class of 2008
Eric runs his own food cart in Portland during the summers called Eric’s Pizza Express. Eric not only benefited from his time in the food service program at PATHS but also from the welding program, who helped him create his cart. Maine Sunday Telegram voted him “best food cart” for 2011-2012. He continues to be successful as this summer he saw a lot of business from cruise ships as well as typical summer tourists. During this time of year you can find Eric working in the concession stand at the Red Claws basketball games. Eric also serves on the advisory board for the food service program.
Class of 2006
Josh immediately went to work as a mason tender upon graduation. A mason tender is someone who makes sure the mason has all they need to build with. Josh was a fast learner and moved his way up the ladder. He was trained and licensed on multiple types of scaffolding. Josh also acquired various forklift and equipment licenses. He was then offered an apprenticeship as a Mason. To be considered as a candidate for an apprentice you must be at work on time and every day and outshine the other tenders and laborers around you. Josh did these things and more. An apprenticeship is 3 years long. After 3 years you are considered a journeyman mason. Josh finished his apprenticeship and became a journeyman. He is now in a leadership position learning to be a foreman. Josh is currently running his own crew on a large masonry project.
Class of 2016
Upon graduation Aaron was accepted at Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia to study Industrial Design. Aaron enrolled at Drexel for the fall of 2016, but as the beginning of his freshman year in college approached, Aaron decided instead to spend his first year after graduating from high school working instead of immediately continuing his academic training. Aaron is currently working as a programmer and machine operator for Zootility Tools in Portland, a small manufacturer that is growing quickly. Aaron programs and operates computer-controlled engravers, laser cutters and machine tools. Aaron attended Manufacturing Technology at PATHS for only his senior year of high school, but the background he gained in that year was a perfect fit for entering the high-tech job he enjoys at Zootility Tools. His job is an ideal next step following his year spent designing and manufacturing at PATHS. Aaron’s plan is to enroll at USM in the fall, and continue to work and learn at Zootility Tools while he attends classes. Aaron was recently interviewed by WCSH Channel 6 TV for a story on their “207” show about Zootility Tools entitled “Manufacturing is Not Dead in Maine”. Aaron says in his interview “It’s awesome. I get to see things start to finish. I get to talk with the designers, put in my input, figure out what is going on, and then I get to take it over to my computer, lay down the vectors, send it to my machine, and print it out.” The 207 story describes Aaron as “part of the new generation of manufacturing worker, 19 years old, a mechanical designer, enthusiastic about his job.”
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