The BTC Counseling Coordinator provides all students with counseling that facilitates academic, career and social/emotional development, helping all students develop plans for choosing a career. The counseling coordinator creates awareness of career & technical education programming options for students and their families and helps them understand all of the options that lead to the world of work. They use organized and structured appraisal and advising to facilitate students’ acquisition of the attitudes, knowledge and skills needed to achieve positive postsecondary and career outcomes. Finally, the school counseling coordinator is the main point of contact for the application process, NTHS, and transportation.
BTC School Counseling Coordinator: James Yepez
My name is James Yepez, and I am the School Counseling Coordinator at Burlington Technical Center. I have been a school counselor for five years. During that time, I worked at an urban public high school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I specialized in college & career counseling.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, where I also participated in Air Force ROTC. After graduation, I received my commission as an Air Force officer and spent the next twenty years in active military service. I performed a variety of jobs, including intelligence operations, engineering analysis, human resource management, and educational development. I received my Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, and worked closely with cadets at the US Air Force Academy.
That experience fueled my desire to continue supporting student development, and led to my decision to become a school counselor. I am excited to work with the students and families at BTC, and look forward to making Vermont my home. My wife Katrina is an elementary teacher and we have two children in college, Anna and Jacob, as well as three very cool cats.