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Culinary Arts Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

Students learn food science theory and develop real world skills in our commercial kitchen, preparing for careers as chefs, restauranteurs, personal chefs, nutritionists, and bakers. Internships and River Bend Inn focus on restaurant management, cooking methods, food safety, nutrition and teamwork. Our program will prepare students with a complete restaurant experience. Students discover their own creative talents as they learn to combine ingredients and develop their own palate.

This program includes the following credential(s): National Restaurant Association ServSafe Certificates: Food handler and Manager.

21st Century Media & Design Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

21st Century students explore how visual imagery works in digital platforms such as game making, programming, character creation, creative writing, graphic design, and various forms of animation. Students incorporate elements and principles of art to produce rich content which will then be marketed and promoted on the internet.

This program includes the following credential(s): ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Cybersecurity Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

Interested in protecting computers, digital information, or financial assets? Looking for a widely expanding field that pays incredibly well and is always growing? The RBCTC Cybersecurity program may be for you. Programming, asset protection, and hacking will all be explored. Available in-person at Thetford Academy or fully remote.

This program includes the following credential(s): ACT National Career Readiness Certificate.

Cosmetology Program | License

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

Careers in the growing specialties of the beauty industry lead to a transformation of customers’ confidence and happiness in a busy world. The study of hair, skin, and nails in River Bend’s Cosmetology program allows students to earn up to 700 hours towards the 1000-hours required for state licensure.

Instruction covers everything from the chemistry of changing hair color, to essential skin care, make-up for daily and theatrical applications, and nail techniques. Students design and create their own salons, practicing entrepreneurial skills while studying the economics of business.

This program prepares for the following credential(s): Vermont Cosmetology License.

Construction Technology and Residential Energy Program | Certificate

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

The Construction Technology/Residential Energy (CTRE) curriculum provides technical training in all aspects of residential construction, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and alternative energy.

Building design, blueprint reading, estimating, safety on the work site, building codes, site work, foundations, stairs, timber framing, insulation envelopes, stress skin panels, roof systems, framing, and finish work are all part of the process. There is a focus on alternative, renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass) and the latest energy efficiency technologies and designs.

Students will also be introduced to the operation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Students will use acquired knowledge to design and build projects of various sizes and complexity.

This program includes the following credential(s): NCCER Carpentry Level One Certificate; NCCER Construction Core Certificate.

Automotive Technology Program | Certification

This is intended for high school students attending from within the district. College credits may be available as part of this program. Students from outside the district or adults who are not enrolled in high school can contact the center to apply for this program, as well.

The careers related to River Bend’s Automotive Technology program require attention to the latest technology and delivery of service and repairs. Students diagnose and repair engines, brakes, steering, electrical systems, and suspensions. Our fully-equipped auto shop hosts nine service vehicles at a time, delivering daily hands-on training with industry-recognized instruction.

This program includes the following credential(s): Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Entry Level Certification-Automobile Service Tech.