All of us here at Stafford want to give a big thank you to John Bixby. John has been a faculty advisor for SkillsUSA for at least ten years.  Without his dedication and extra work, our students would not have had chances to compete at the state level, move on to the national level, and experience all kinds of wonderful learning opportunities.  We look forward to all the help and guidance our students will get from the new co-advisor Tony Bosnich.  Melissa Patterson continues to be an advisor for this club and we extend many thanks to her as well!

National Technical Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to all of our 2016 National Technical Honor Society inductees. Thanks to all of the families, instructors, and staff who joined us to celebrate! Special thanks to our Culinary Arts program for catering the event.


Student Craft Corporation

Our Student Craft Corporation is set to start building a new house next year! Student Craft Corporation is comprised of Construction Technology, Electrical Plumbing, and Forestry programs and builds real houses for real people for real money. Go to to get more information, or to apply today!

Stafford Summer Camps

Stafford is excited to announce our 2016 summer camp offerings. We have added many new week-long theme camps and hosted camps.  All camp information is available online at and you can register today! Registrations are already trickling in 🙂

For additional information please email Fieh Chan or call 802-770-1068

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Sophomore Tours: Auto Tech, Welding, and Forestry

Ever wonder what  Automotive Technology, Power Mechanics/Welding, and Forestry, Natural Resources/Horticulture do during their 13 minute tour stops? Click below and wonder no more 🙂

Automotive Technology: Pit crew races


Power Mechanics/Welding: Blacksmithing

Forestry, Natural Resources/Horticulture: Student perspective

Stafford Presidential Scholars

Three city students share national honors

By Lola Duffort

Three Rutland County seniors — including two Stafford Technical Center students — were among the 24 chosen this year to be Vermont’s nominees to the U.S. Presidential Scholars program.

First established by a presidential executive order in 1964 to recognize outstanding high school seniors across the country, the program was extended this year to specifically recognize students demonstrating excellence in the career and technical education fields.

In the Rutland region, Abigail Wright and Jonah Farrow from Stafford Tech won recognition in this new category alongside Emma Cijka from Otter Valley Union High.

A newcomer from Baltimore, Maryland her junior year, Wright was able to fit right in upon arrival at Stafford Tech, said Brian Narkewicz, STEM Academy instructor.

She’s just “a pleasure to work with,” he said. That’s on top of being “incredibly perseverate and able to work collaboratively to problem solve.”

Wright called the award “a huge honor” and said she was just “so surprised” to have won. She plans to study biomedical engineering in college because “there’s so much left to explore, and I love problem solving and fixing things.”

Debra Perkins, public safety services instructor at Stafford, called Farrow “just the kind of person there aren’t enough of in this world.”

“He has a sense of duty and selflessness that I’ve never seen in a person his age,” she said.

Farrow is a “natural leader” with a good sense of humor, she said, who is able to give constructive direction when problems arise.

Otter Valley’s valedictorian, Cijka is an accomplished flutist, skier and cross-country runner as well. She helps tend her family’s goat herd at the family farm and cheese-making business.

Despite Cijka’s varied achievements, Otter Valley High guidance counselor Meredith McCartney said she was perhaps most notable for her humility.

“She’s incredibly kind and not at all pretentious,” McCartney said. “She’s not someone who boasts at all.”

Like Wright, Cijka said she was surprised and honored for the recognition. Inspired by her time on her family farm, Cijka said she plans to become a large-animal veterinarian one day, .

Vermont’s other Presidential Scholar nominees include: Willoughby R. Forbes of Montpelier High; Tillie Quattrone and Ethan McCollister of U32; Delaney Reanna Bryant and Colin Dana Myrick of North Country Union High; Alyssa Cote, Nicole Young and Coleton Loura-Bumps of Danville School; Eloise Damerel Bisbee and Matthew Ellison of Mount Mansfield Union; Kelsey Ensminger of Spaulding High School; Kelsey R Sherman and Brenden Hay of Mount Anthony Union High School; Clementine O’Connor of Cabot School; Nadia Lake Clement of Thetford Academy; James Moore of Burr and Burton Academy; Luke Belleville of Canaan Schools; Bhupinderjit Singh of BFA Fairfax; Kelsey Jacobs of Randolph Technical Center; Robert Popeleski of the Center for Technology, Essex; and Lydia Stricker of the Burlington Technical Center.

The students will be honored at a Dec. 3 ceremony at the State House in Montpelier.




Chamber of Commerce Mixer

Stafford was pleased to recently host the Rutland Chamber of Commerce Mixer. Thanks to all who attended and to Culinary Arts for catering.