East Providence Career and Tech students earn accolades, open restaurant to public


EAST PROVIDENCE — Four East Providence Career and Technical School Graphics and Communications Department students recently earned awards at the annual state portion of the SkillsUSA competition.

Ricky Martins and Andrew Vanner each garnered top awards, Martins a Gold Medal in the Customer Service competition and Vanner a Gold Medal in Extemporaneous Speaking.

The Extemporaneous Speaking event requires contestants to give a three- to five-minute speech on an assigned topic with five minutes of advance preparation. Contestants enter the preparation area one at a time where they are given a speech topic. They are judged on voice, mechanics, platform deportment, organization and effectiveness.

The Customer Service competition evaluates students' proficiency in providing customer service. The contest involves live, role-playing situations. Contestants demonstrate their ability to perform customer service in both written and oral forms including telephone and computer skills, communications, problem solving, conflict resolution and business etiquette.

For their efforts, Messrs. Martins and Vanner will be competing in the National SkillsUSA competitions in Kansas City, Mo., June 24-28. More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, participate in the weeklong event.  More than 5,600 outstanding career and technical education students — all state contest winners — will compete hands-on in more than 94 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

In addition, the EPCTC's Linsey Covington earned a Silver Medal in Graphic Communications state competition and Amanda Crawley received a Bronze Medal in the same discipline.

Graphics and Communications is a four-year program at the EPCTC where students learn all the aspects of the Graphics/Printing field from layout and design to offset printing and digital printing.

The SkillsUSA organization is a state, national and local student organization serving over 300,000 vocational, technical, and health occupation students throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. By joining SkillsUSA, students are eligible to receive leadership training, compete with other students in various contests, and enjoy many social events.


The Career and Tech  students in the Culinary Program under the direction of Chef Mary Ellen Hatch recently opened up a restaurant inside the Center, which is open to the public.

The restaurant serves a full menu breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. until noon. Stop in for a bite!  Bring a friend! Lunches are $3, breakfasts are less. The menu changes weekly. The restaurant is expected to remain in operation through early June.

Auto Collision

The class of EPCTC Auto Collision Instructor Ray Harvey is currently hard at work preparing a pair of former military vehicles for use by the East Providence Police Department.

EPPD Sergeant Mike Grant, who conducts vehicle purchases for the department, recently bought two surplus trucks to add to the department's fleet.

Mr. Harvey's class is in the midst of completing a frame-on restoration of the trucks, having stripped the camouflage paint scheme from the exterior of the vehicles, repainted the interiors and reupholstered each.

The project is similar to one done by the Auto Collision group last year, which remodeled and fitted a truck with a plow for use by the Public Works/Recreation Department.


Tom Galligan's Construction class at the EPCTC has been its usual busy self in recent weeks, having assisted in the renovation of the East Providence High School softball field across the parking lot.

The Construction crew built the roofs over the two dugouts and painted both structures. The class is putting the finishing touches on new helmet and bat racks to be installed in each.

Also, like it did last year with a model of the Looff Carousel, the EPCTC Construction class is building a replica of City Hall to be used in the annual Christmas lights display at the East Providence Senior Center.


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