Human Services

Cute little children drawing with teacher at preschool class

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This program provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work with a diverse group of people in entry-level professions such as mental health, community development, respite and health organizations, and education. The study of human growth and development sets the framework for discoveries, discussions, and presentations of various topics (such as human behavior, brain development, developmental psychology, and sociology).

Students sharpen their interpersonal communication skills, reflect on and assess human behavior in a variety of settings, and have opportunities to develop projects that make a difference in their communities. Students participate in work-based learning by partnering with industry professionals and through working in community agencies and organizations.

Students have the opportunity to work with preschool children in our on-site preschool classroom.

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Linda Randall

Human Services Teacher

Linda is an expert in the field of early childhood development and interpersonal communication. Linda graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Elementary Education and M. Ed in Special Education. In 2002 she earned an endoesement in Career Technical Education-Education and Training. Since 2001, Linda has been creating authentic personalize learning pathways for students of all ages. As the instructor for the Human Development program, Linda is responsible for developing authentic, interactive, hands-on learning experiences by utilizing new technology, creativity and an advance vision to touch all areas in the field of human services. Prior to her tenure as the BTC Human Services Instructor, Linda served as Director of Kids & Fitness, first at the Essex location, and then moved to the larger South Burlington location where she established a half-day kindergarten program, after school program, vacation camps and summer camps for children 6 weeks to 9 years old. Linda rounds out her expertise with her experience as an early interventionist and marketing director. 

Jenn Whitby, M.Ed

Preschool Director

Jenn has been the preschool director at Burlington Technical Center since 2017.  She attended Champlain College and holds a dual degree, B.S. in Early Childhood Education and also in Elementary Education.  Immediately following undergraduate school, she attended Saint Michael’s College where she completed her M.Ed with a focus on Curriculum and also Special Education.  As a former student in the program, Jenn has the knowledge and understanding of the expectations of the changing curriculum. It has helped to guide her in her daily instruction with mentoring high school students.  The lasting relationships with staff and families allows multiple partnerships to be built within the community and helps to recruit children for the preschool program. The prestigious 5 STAR (Step Ahead Recognition program) assessment for preschool programs means our preschool goes above and beyond in each content area.  Jenn has used these teaching experiences and practices to create a play-based curriculum for preschool children while providing high school students the opportunity to learn with hands-on experience in the on-site preschool.

Occupations

• Educator
• Social Worker
• Administrator
• Career Counselor
• Sociologist
• Psychologist
• Personal Care Attendant
• Counselor (crisis, mental health, domestic violence, grief, substance abuse)
• Human Resource Specialist
• Community Outreach Specialist
• Occupational Therapist
• Anthropologist
• Health Educator

CREDENTIALS, CERTIFICATES, WORK-BASED LEARNING AND LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

American Red Cross First Aid, CPR & Automated External Defibrillator Certification, Infant, Child and Adult; First Aid Bloodborne Pathogens, Mandated Reporter Training; SkillsUSA, National Technical Honor Society; 12 college credits available through CCV: Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Curriculum Development for Early Childhood Education, Communication in the Early Childhood Education & Afterschool Workplace, Intro to Human Services

High School credits available include: 
  • Year 1- 3.0 Elective Credits
  • Year 2 - 2.0 Elective Credits and 1.0 Social Studies
  • Credit Opportunity to earn up to 12 College Credits

Download the Program sheet 

Did you know? ...

BTC has a pre-school!

Learn more about the program on their Pre-School homepage!

BTC Preschool was started over fifty years ago to serve as a lab preschool for the Human Development and Education program at Burlington Technical Center. The program has grown over these years, mainly due to the support of the many families who have enrolled their children here and who appreciate the unique learning environment BTC offers.

We are licensed by the State of Vermont and are a 5 STAR program. For more information regarding the STARs program, please check it out here.

Program Outcomes

Students go on to colleges/universities to pursue degrees in fields such as psychology, education, and social work. Some students go directly into the workforce. Universities include UVM, Keene State College, Bishop’s University, Saint Michael’s College, Endicott College, Boston University, Castleton University, Johnson & Wales, Northern Vermont University, Champlain College, and Bowdoin College.

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