Augusta Tech Center Recognizes Professionals of the Month for December

The Capital Region Technical Center in Augusta has announced its Professionals of the Month for December.

Raegan Bechard Photo submitted

Raegan Bechard resides in Augusta. She is a senior at Cony High School enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant program at the center. She had no plans to attend the CNA program this year, but enrolled after meeting with college admissions officials who told her that if she wanted to pursue a medical program at the university, she should follow the AIIC program.

Béchard is happy that it has been pointed in this direction. She believes the combination of program information and hands-on experiences has been beneficial, according to a press release from the center. She loves working with nursing home residents and making them smile and laugh. She is grateful to her instructor, Deborah Warnke-Bélanger, who has years of nursing experience and was able to share little tips and tricks to make things easier.

“I am very proud of Raegan for his outstanding academic achievements and quality work in the nursing assistant course,” Belanger said in the press release. “Raegan focuses on the important work that a practical nurse does at the bedside every day. Her desire to learn, her contributions in the classroom, her caring gestures and the demonstration of quality clinical skills are just a few of her attributes that deserve this recognition. Raegan’s perpetual optimism and caring spirit are present in the classroom and in the clinical environment.

When not in school, Bechard is the captain of Cony’s basketball team and in the spring she will play lacrosse. In the fall, she plans to attend the University of New Hampshire and major in health sciences with the long-term goal of becoming a physician assistant.

Zachary Pouzol Photo submitted

Zachary Pouzol resides in Gardiner. He is a senior at Gardiner Area High School enrolled for the second year in the culinary arts program at the center. Ever since he was able to reach the stove on a stool, he has been interested in cooking and helping in the kitchen.

Pouzol is grateful to have been able to obtain his OSHA 10 card and ServSafe certifications through the program. Having these two diplomas made it easy for him to get a job. Outside of school, her social networks focus on food. He loves coming up with different veneer ideas and finding new things to try and do.

His instructor, Chef Heidi Parent, said: “Zachary impressed me with how quickly he absorbs information, which is vital for any young chef to survive in this demanding industry. Zachary demonstrates skills that he always thinks about plate presentation and flavor profiles while executing excellent time management skills and workplace hygiene. It was good to have a student like Zachary in the program and I can’t wait to see what he will do in his restaurant career.

After graduation, Pouzol seeks to find a mentor willing to continue demonstrating her skills in the culinary arts, and then give her a chance to try those skills. His long-term goal is to one day own his own pub.

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