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Burlington Technical Center (BTC) provides students with the opportunity to explore careers and acquire skills in comprehensive technical programs of study. All students are supported in working toward individual goals through immersive, hands-on study with highly trained professional instructors, experts in their career fields, in state-of-the-art labs and classrooms, and through experiential learning opportunities.

Our half-day programs are a unique opportunity for students to develop academic and technical knowledge and skills in a morning or afternoon session while attending classes at their sending high school. BTC offers a one-year Tech Foundational Program (Design Tech) for students in grades 9 or 10, and eleven (11) two-year Technical Programs. Most students starting our two-year programs are entering their junior year in high school.

Students attend BTC daily in one session: morning (9:35-11:47 a.m.), or afternoon (12:09-2:21 p.m.).

BTC serves high school and adult students in Chittendon County, Vermont. For a complete list of our sending high schools and their respective middle schools, click here.

 

Two-year programs (generally attended by high school Juniors and Seniors):

  • Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Auto Body
  • Automotive Science & Technology
  • Aviation & Aerospace Technology***
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary Arts
  • Design & Illustration
  • Digital Media Lab
  • Human Services
  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Programming & Computer Science

One year program (attended by high school Freshmen and Sophomores:

  • Design Tech Foundational

Adult Classes:

  • EL Support Services
  • Work-Based Learning

Our half-day programs are a unique opportunity for students to develop academic and technical knowledge and skills in a morning or afternoon session while attending classes at their sending high school.

Students attend BTC daily in one session:

morning (9:35-11:47 a.m.),

or

afternoon (12:09-2:21 p.m.).

Our instructors and outreach coordinator will be happy to give you a tour and answer any questions you have. Give us a call at (802) 864-8426 and we can arrange a time to come check us out!

Burlington Technical Center
52 Institute Rd.
Burlington, VT 05408

We sure do! For more information about our Preschool, contact Jenn Whitby, in our Human Services Program. You can also check out their page here.

You can apply online here.

● Attend BTC Information Day at your school (ask Guidance Counselor for date)
● Meet with your Guidance Counselor to discuss program and class schedule
● Visit BTC!
○ Open Lab Date: sign up with Guidance Counselor
○ BTC Open House: Saturday, February 8, 2020: 9:00am-12:00pm
○ Arrangement with BTC Staff
Contact Zac Poland for Individual visit requests. Zac Poland: 802-864-8426 ext. 12006 ( zpoland@bsdvt.org )
● Complete Student Application . Applications are available online: btc.bsdvt.org/application/
● Complete an interview with the BTC Program Instructor:
a. By phone
b. By Skype or Facetime
c. In person
d. By written short essay (The essay response will not be graded or have content considered for admission. The completed essay is one pathway to BTC’s required interview .)

Submit the following essay via email to btcadmissions@bsdvt.org :

Essay Prompt #1: Why do you want to attend BTC and how do you think your BTC program will influence your high school education?

Essay Prompt #2: Describe any direct experience within the field of program you are applying for.

If you do not have any experience, please explain what you would like to learn in this program.

Essay Prompt #3: What is one thing you are passionate about? Explain in detail what it is and why you are passionate about it.

NOTE: The purpose of the interview is for Instructor and student to communicate more closely regarding program essentials to better inform student. The interview is NOT used as a qualifier for admission.

Questions? Please contact Guidance Coordinator, Zac Poland at zpoland@bsdvt.org
● School Counselors:
○ Send current transcripts and attendance records* to BTC Admissions: btcadmissions@bsdvt.org ; or print and mail to

Burlington Technical Center
52 Institute Rd.
Burlington, VT 05401.

○ Students are required to be in good academic standing and poised to graduate with 9th grade cohort. **

* Attendance may be considered as a factor in acceptance.

** Applicants may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

● BTC will notify guidance counselors of application receipt and admissions decisions.

Round trip busing from your sending school is provided. For Burlington High School students, just walk into A or F building.

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