"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."

The Central Vermont Career Center

Our offerings for the 2016-2017 school year show a range of programing for 11th and 12th graders (and a 10th grade Pre-Tech option) that reflects the needs and interests of our geographic region.   It is our goal to prepare our students for high-growth careers and access to postsecondary options that encourage lifelong learning.

Our instructors are knowledgeable and skilled in their fields and continue to offer rigorous and relevant programs of study that apply classroom-based instruction and work-based learning to meet academic, employability, and technical industry standards.

We continue to support and enrich our partnerships among K–12 schools, institutions of higher education, and employers across our region. We have a Cooperative Education program for students applying for a second year experience in their program that includes a new robust admissions process (please see description below) and we will work with all students in obtaining a work experience while attending CVCC. 

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 22, 2016


Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology Program provides an introduction to four areas of the automotive service industry. The program provides training and experience in the theory, operation, diagnosis and repair of automotive systems. Areas of concentration include: steering and suspension, brake systems, electronics and engine performance. Students will learn the proper repair and maintenance procedures to service automobiles and light trucks. Instruction includes the proper use of power and hand tool, wheel alignment machines and welding equipment.


  • Students will be eligible to receive certification from the Vermont Automotive Dealers Association
  • (VADA) for proficiency in Basic Automotive Technology.

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1/2), Electives (2 1/2)


Baking and Pastry Arts

Baking Arts is an off site program which is located in the Sidewalk Village at 136 Main Street in Barre. Students report to the CVCC Bakeshop where they will be introduced to ServSafe (safety and sanitation), basic and advanced baking principles, basic and advanced baking methods, preparations, customer service, and efficient work habits. Students are picked up by a CVCC van and brought to CVCC for lunch, and their additional Spaulding High School courses. Whether going straight into the workforce or postsecondary education, students from this program will stand above other applicants because of their ServSafe certification and over 400 hours of classroom/lab baking experience.


  • *ServSafe, a national food safety and sanitation certification
  • *OSHA 10

Culinary Institute of America gives credit for a successful completion of the CVCC Baking Arts program that includes the pre-enrollment requirement of six months of hands on food service experience and students do not have to take the Food Safety (ServSafe) course if they pass the exam while in Baking Arts.  In addition, students will be eligible for a $4,000 merit scholarship.

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1/2), Electives (2 1/2)


Building Trades

Building Trades prepares students for careers in general construction. The projects students participate in are governed by the community as well as industrial trends and needs. Students will learn a basic background in the principals and skills of general carpentry by constructing a five piece modular home. Areas of study include: safety, tool use, site work, excavating, form work, framing, material selection, measuring, cutting, fastening, siding, use of hand tools and power tools, foundations, drywall, scaffolding, plastering, painting, roofing, and reading of building plans.


  • Association of General Contractors (AGC)
  • Occupational Safety and Hazard (OSHA) 10-hour card

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit - 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Physical Education (1), Art  (1/2), Electives (1 1/2)


Cosmetology I and II

Cosmetology Program is available for students with an interest in becoming a licensed Cosmetologist upon graduation from high school. Upon the completion of this two-year program, 1500-hour program students will be able to take the State of Vermont Licensing Exam. They are trained in cutting, styling, pedicures/manicures, facials, coloring and perms. Related academics include: basic math, anatomy, biology and/or chemistry. The textbook is written at a college level. Students can begin this program as a junior or senior, with low tuition costs for those finishing the program after graduation.


  • Students are eligible to take the Vermont State Licensing Exam with a high school diploma (and 18 years of age).

Open To – Grades 11, 12

This program is a 1500 program or two-year program. You may begin your senior year, and can apply as an adult to return and finish the program. Students without diplomas will have priority over graduates.

Awarded Credit - 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1/2), Electives (2 1/2)


Culinary Arts

This program is designed to offer students an introduction to Culinary. Classical recipes, methods and techniques, as well as new trends in food preparation are a focus of this program. There will be a focus on health living and eating. Students will learn culinary skills through daily production and the operation of the Green Room, an on campus restaurant open to our campus. Students will also learn about and prepare regional and international cuisines. Students will learn the basic culinary skills that will prepare them for a career in the Foodservice Industry or post secondary education.

Students interested in this program should have math skills and read at grade level.  


  • *OSHA 10
  • *ServSafe, a national food safety and sanitation certification

Dual enrollment

  • *3 credits with New England Culinary Institute; online component and completion of on-campus experience for two weeks.

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1/2), Electives (2 1/2)


Digital Media Arts

Digital Media Arts is the home of creativity and forward thinking for the tech center. Using some of the latest technologies and in anticipation of technologies to come, our students have all the tools needed to design and create in both artistic and professional routes.

Combining many media types, career paths, and industry trends, the curriculum of Digital Media Arts takes a progressive approach to learning. The curriculum acts as a web rather than a linear path, incorporating elements of graphic design and vector illustration, photography, photo editing and manipulation, film editing, cinematography, flash animation, 3D design, website design, music and sound editing, and media performance.

Whether Digital Media arts is a hobby, a passion, or a path in life, this is where the future begins.


  • Adobe Photoshop Associate Certification for Visual Communication
  • Adobe Premiere Pro Associate Certification for Film Communication

Dual Enrollment

  • Dual Enrollment options may be available with area colleges.  Please contact the CVCC Guidance Coordinator for more information.

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1), Electives (1 1/2)


Electrical Technology

Electrical Technology Program students are trained as future electricians to install, connect, test, and maintain electrical systems for a variety of purposes, including climate control, security, and communications. Students will learn how to install and maintain lighting and power distribution for residential and commercial applications. The related academics of at least Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II, are very helpful. It is recommended that students read at grade level.


  • *300 hours credited toward Electrical Apprenticeship
  • *OSHA 10 hour

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Computer (1/2), Art (1/2), Electives (2)


Emergency Services

Students in Emergency Services are provided with the basic instruction required for entry-level work or postsecondary training in the fields of Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science. Students will learn to demonstrate problem solving and critical thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate situations independently and in teams. They will apply emergency response skills to manage an incident scene as the First Responder. They will make informed, healthy choices that positively affect the health, safety and well being of themselves and others.


  • Emergency Medical Technician – National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Providers Basic Life Support – CPR/AED Firefighting Level I – Vermont Fire Service Training Council
  • Wildlands Firefighting - Vermont Fire Service Training Council Hazardous Material Awareness - Vermont Fire Service Training Council NIMS – Federal Emergency Management Agency

Dual Enrollment

  • Vermont Technical College- 4 credits in Fire Science and 4 credits in Allied Health Sciences

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit - Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1/2), Physical Education (1), Wellness (1/2) Elective (1)


Human Services

The Human Services Program prepares students for employment in careers that relate to families and human needs including education, counseling and mental health services and personal care services. Students participating in this program will develop academic foundations, problem solving skills, workplace skills, citizenship, ethics, and leadership training. Students completing this program often go on to postsecondary education and are hired by local schools and daycare providers, Washington County Mental Health, Berlin Health and Rehabilitation, and Woodridge Nursing Home.


  • Community First Aid, CPR (child, infant and adult)
  • Students have the opportunity to earn a CDA, (Child Development Associates), a national childcare certificate.

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit - Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math or Science (1), Social Studies (1), Art (1/2), Wellness (1/2), Electives (2)


Natural Resources and Sustainable Technology

In Natural Resources and Sustainable Technology, we push the idea of learning outside of the classroom and into the natural world.

Through hands-on education, students study real-world solutions to sustainability issues, and complete projects of importance in their community. Students learn about natural resources conservation, environmental stewardship, and sustainable systems, while working as a team to identify and solve problems.  Core project areas include:  Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Science, Riparian Zone Restoration, Renewable Energy, Natural Construction, Permaculture Site Design, Hydroponic Gardening.

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1/2), Social Studies (1), Physical Education (1), Elective (1/2)


Plumbing and Heating

The Plumbing and Heating program prepares students to begin work in an expanding and lucrative field. Nationally last year plumbing jobs increased by 22%. Those completing the program will be ready to seek work as apprentices or entry-level journeymen and can look forward to making 45k after a few more years of experience.

The first half of the year is spent learning plumbing skills. Students design and build a wood frame structure and install several bathrooms, institutional fixtures, hot water heaters and pumping systems. In the second half, students will install high efficiency boilers and a variety of heating systems including hot water baseboard, space heaters, radiant and indirect fired hot water heaters.

The academic side of the program focuses on familiarization with the Vermont Plumbing Code, and prepares students for the first year apprenticeship exam. Those students who pass will be able to go directly to the second year program.

Plumbing is an expanding field. New energy efficiency standards are encouraging or requiring homeowners and businesses to upgrade their systems. Plumbing is a highly transferrable skill and allows for a variety of work situations including running one’s own small business.

There is an emphasis on applied math and pipefitting skills. Students who master all required competencies for Plumbing Level I are eligible to receive Level I certification through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), the same post-secondary course of instruction as in the Vermont Licensed Plumbers Apprenticeship Program. Successful students have the opportunity to test out of Plumbing Level I and enter Level II in the apprenticeship program, plus accumulate work hours. Students from this program are prepared to enter post-secondary education at a technical college. Students from this program are typically hired by Suburban Energy, Averils Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning Systems, Inc., Johnson Dix Fuel Corporation, Conti Oil, ARC Mechanical, and Ward's Plumbing and Heating, among others.

Open To – Grades 11, 12

Awarded Credit – 6 credits - English (1), Math (1), Science (1), Art (1/2), Electives (2 1/2)


Exploratory Tech (Grade 10 only)

This program is designed for sophomores that are planning to enroll in one of the technical programs at the Central Vermont Career Center. Students have the opportunity to spend time working in all the programs throughout the year, helping to define a students’ career interest. A major emphasis is placed upon the development of critical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills.

Open To – Grade 10

Awarded Credit – English (1), Social Studies/History (1), Science (1), Math (1), Art (1/2), Elective (1 1/2)


Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education Program extends academic and technical training beyond the classroom by providing opportunities for students to apply their learning in a workplace setting. The program is collaboration between the Central Vermont Career Center and area employers, offering paid or unpaid career related jobs that build on and expand a student’s entry-level skills. Whether the goal is to develop self-confidence, employability skills or advanced job placement, the Cooperative Education career based curriculum encourages students to put their education to work.

  • Be enrolled in a Central Vermont Career Center program and have the instructor’s recommendation
  • Complete all required school courses, and complete all course requirements maintaining a passing grade in technical program and all other courses.
  • Work up to four school days at their work site and attend a minimum of one day at the Central Vermont Career Center.
  • Provide their own transportation to and from the Cooperative Education work site with legally registered, insured, and inspected vehicle, driven by a licensed driver.
  • Automotive Technology students must have a valid driver’s license.

See our website for more information concerning the Cooperative Education Admissions requirements as they have different criteria and deadlines.

Credit:  to be determined on an individual basis in collaboration with Harwood Counseling Department