What is CRTC+?
CRTC+ is an opportunity for a student to supplement their CRTC program with outside activities aligned to their college and career personalized plan (which ascertaining – is the starting point of the plan). The student who does CRTC+ must be willing to be flexible and create a plan that may not involve bells ringing to go to class: being responsible and embracing independence are both prerequisites.
When does a student do CRTC+?
Some students start CRTC as sophomores and do CRTC+ in their senior year. Some students who start CRTC as juniors, jump into CRTC+ in the last semester of their senior year.
Why is CRTC+ timely?
More and more students are thinking about their high school experience in a new light. In terms of data, too many seniors basically shorten and minimize their senior year. CRTC+ is the opposite – it is a chance to turbocharge a senior year by getting a head start on college and careers.
What are examples of activities connected with CRTC+?
- Enrolling in on-campus NHTI or MCC classes aligned to a student’s career pathway
- Enrolling in on-campus NHTI or MCC or other online classes that are part of a program of studies related to a student’s chosen career pathway (for example enrolling in English Composition, Psychology or Welding for Artists).
- Pursuing an industry certificate like EMT or LNA.
- Doing an internship with a local industry partner or organization.
- Enrolling in the CRTC’s Career Communication English class.
- Interning, and taking a leadership role, in one of our CRTC businesses.
How are these activities structured?
All of the activities related to CRTC+ are designed using the ELO (Extended Learning Opportunity) model. This model involves a mix of learning targets, logs, presentations and reflection. Outcomes are clearly established from the start.
Is a student who is enrolled in CRTC+ still considered a high school student with all the rights and privileges associated?
YES! We work out agreements for every experience so that it aligns to high school credits and status. Students enrolled in CRTC+ participate in school sports, plays, orchestra as well as go to the prom and graduation. Everything is in writing to confirm this understanding.
What are the costs associated with CRTC+?
The largest cost, if chosen, would be CCSNH tuition and books. There are a number of opportunities state-wide to drastically reduce CCSNH tuition including the early college program which cuts it in half; otherwise active high school students pay only 50% tuition. In addition, if the course is considered a STEM related class, there may be 100% tuition coverage. Regardless, there are expenses that families need to pay (CRTC does not). A CRTC+ student in effect is starting college and must prepare to pay the expenses. The savvy student may take 2-6 classes and work with their potential colleges of choice for the following year to ensure all courses will transfer.
How does a student engage in the CRTC+ process?
If a student wants to enroll in our CRTC Career Communications class (mostly done one semester of year II) then in most cases it is a matter of coming by our office and letting us know. This class, like all of CRTC+ opportunities, is available to ALL students regardless of home school. If a student wants to do a more extensive plan involving internships and CCSNH then he/she should make a 20 minute appointment with Mr. Rothenberg to start things off. The process begins with a one simple question: What is your college and career plan? These are the core questions to get the process started:
- What is your college and career plan at this time? How confident are you of this plan?
- Where do you see yourself in the next 3-6 years? What will you be doing?
- How do you envision your CRTC+ year looking (list any mix of college classes, internship, high school classes, Career Communications CRTC, work in the field)?
- Do you have specific people, schools, industry locations in mind at this time? List any possibility here along with web links.
- Are you able, and what’s your readiness, to be more independent and be out of the regular high school “bell” and “attendance” structure?
- Are those around you including your parent/guardians and school representatives supportive of this basic idea? Are they urging you to go forward?
- Review with your school counselor: What courses do you need to complete to meet all your high school requirements? Be specific including a reference to the exact number of credits.
- Review with your school counselor and/or administration: Is it possible to get high school credit for college courses you complete?
SAMPLE CRTC+ EXPERIENCES CLASS of 2021:
Concord High School student Sarah Prouty ‘21 completed CRTC Health Science II as a junior. Sarah built an in-depth ELO in recreational therapy to replace the LNA or EMT certification options. In her senior year, Sarah worked on a 3rd-year CRTC+ ELO using her Autism Fitness training to develop and implement a weekly fitness plan for a local student. She continued to work under a certified instructor and to create a plan that can be used in the future with the student’s occupational therapist. Sarah plans to apply for 4-year degree programs in Recreational Therapy.
SAMPLE CRTC+ EXPERIENCES CLASS of 2020:
Computer Engineering completer, Tristan Sharich ‘20, participated in an IT internship in at Rymes Plumbing and heating in the Spring semester of his senior year.
SAMPLE CRTC+ EXPERIENCES CLASS of 2019:
As a Merrimack Valley High School senior, Forest Green ‘19 took five on-campus Auto Tech classes at MCC, had an entry level job at E&W Auto Repair in Loudon, and completed his senior project at MVHS. He plans to own an auto specialty repair shop.
Pembroke Academy Emergency Services student Codie Gardner ’19 earned his EMT license through Barnstead Fire Department in the fall, finished up classes at PA, and took an intensive Firefighter I class at the State Fire Academy through his affiliation with the Allenstown Fire Department. He plans to be a cardiologist.
Construction Trades II and CRTC+ student Chris Wheeler, Bow Class of 2019, took 23 credits of HVAC classes at MCC towards his associate’s degree. He also interned with AK Plumbing and Heating in the spring. In the fall, he was co-captain of Bow’s football team. He plans to be a master plumber and business owner.
CRTC Education and Behavior Science completer, and CRTC+ student Sean Spain ’19 finished his CRTC program as a junior, took a chemistry class at NHTI during his senior year and job-shadowed a CHS chemistry teacher for three days per week in the fall. He plans to be a high school science teacher.