On Wednesday, June 9, the Cranston Area Career and Technical Center (CACTC) honored nearly 200 seniors who have completed three-year programs in one of the school’s 11 pathway programs: architectural / technical drawing and design , aquaculture, construction, technology and welding, Culinary arts, education, childcare and development, entrepreneurship, graphic communications, information technology, interactive digital media, medical pathways and pre-engineering / robotics.
In addition to the multitude of awards and scholarships awarded to graduates that evening, each of the students received a designation seal from the Rhode Island Department of Education Pathway Endorsement Council for their degree, meaning they completed three components. required education (university studies of three or more courses, on-the-job learning experiences and a diploma assessment showing the application of skills such as a cornerstone, exhibition or portfolio) in one of the six disciplinary fields (arts, commerce and industry, humanities and world languages, STEM and education). These requirements go beyond the high school graduation requirements that all students must complete to graduate, and the Class of 2021 is the first class to receive these additional degree designations.
The platform’s honored guests at the event included Mayor Kenneth Hopkins, Superintendent of Schools Jeannine Nota-Masse, School Committee Chairman Daniel Wall, School Committee Vice Chairman Vincent Turchetta, Chief Financial Officer of Cranston Public Schools Joseph Balducci and the Executive Director of Education of Cranston Public Schools. Programs and Services Joseph Rotz. In addition, Principal of Cranston West High School, Thomas Barbieri, delivered greetings from the school and CACTC Principal, Zachary Farrell, moderated the event.
Each student received a certificate of completion from their program, and many also received additional industry certifications or completed credited college courses as part of their pathway program requirements. In addition, a variety of awards and scholarships have been awarded as well as the designation of outstanding students from each program this year and the Director’s Medal awarded to an outstanding ACCCC student each year.
Excellence awards and scholarships
Mayor’s scholarship: Catherine Consiglio
RIDE Future Educator Scholarship: Anastasia Coclin
Dawn Rotz Scholarship: Anthony Cabral
Manuel E. Martins scholarship: Kevin Sanders
Herbert S. Galkin Memorial Scholarship: Mary DeSilva
Architectural Design and Academic Achievement Award: Daniel Meola, Hamilton Carney
Outstanding DECA Award: Hope DiBiasio, Amber Paquette
Medical Pathways Academic Excellence Award: Ava Santamaria, Annissa Ferranti, Brenna Whittaker
EMT Excellence Award: Nicholas Castriotta, Domenic Lancellotti
Excellence in Healthcare Skills Award: Katia Reyes, Brendan Blake
Medical Pathways Honorary Student Award: Matthew Zannini
The Ashley Signoriello Scholarship: Mary DeSilva, Elizabeth Cowart
Award of Excellence in Medical Pathways: Lora Donovan, Lindsey Bratter
Pathway to Education Prize: Hannah Côté, Rachael Zarrella
Culinary Chef Awards: Ethan Quinn, Shawn Robbins
Aquaculture: Anthony Autiello
CAD / Drawing technology: Matthew Zannini
Culinary Arts: Arthur Arslanyan, Joseph Gainor Education
Path: Anastasia Coclin, Emily Colon
Entrepreneurship: Emma Hanley
Graphic communication: Abigail Shellard
Information Technology: Brandon DeCesare
Interactive digital media: Maxwell Pasquariello
Medical routes: Nicholas Castriotta, Jordan Simpson
Pre-engineering and robotics: Catherine Consiglio
Residential Construction and Repair: Cameron Johnson