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This course prepares students to enter the cosmetology workforce with knowledge in all areas required by the Vermont State Board of Cosmetology. Students will learn the theory behind the hands-on aspects of the industry including hair cutting, color, chemical texturizing, waxing, skincare, nail services including artificial nails, and makeup application. Students will also perform and master these services in the RBCTC in-house salon while adhering to state regulations. Students will also learn about anatomy and physiology, chemistry, electricity, infection control, professional image, and business practices, just to name a few. Students who have successfully completed the required 1000 hours of training can sit for the VT Licensing Exam for Cosmetology (full-time second year of program required).

Instructor: Lorraine Kennedy

Cosmetology student working on mannequin

Diversified Agriculture students working with chainsaw
Diversified Agriculture and
Natural Resources

Combining a love for outdoor careers with science-based learning, Forestry and Natural Resources students explore connections between ecological stewardship and resource production. Topics range from forestry and chain saw safety to water quality and soil conservation.  Students have hands-on training in milling lumber, orchard planting and pruning, maple production, tree identification, chainsaw and equipment operation, general shop skills, welding and fabrication. Career interests of graduates range from forestry, logging and natural resource management to maple production, sawmilling and surveying.

Instructor: Ian Blackmer

Construction Trades and Residential Energy


The Construction Technology/Residential Energy (CTRE) curriculum provides technical training in all aspects of residential construction, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and alternative energy. Building design, blueprint reading, estimating, safety on the work site, building codes, site work, foundations, stairs, timber framing, insulation envelopes, stress skin panels, roof systems, framing, and finish work are all part of the process. There is an emphasis on alternative, renewable energy sources (solar, wind, biomass) and the latest energy efficiency technologies and designs. Students will also be introduced to the operation of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Students will use acquired knowledge to design and build projects of various sizes and complexity.

Instructor: Brad DeGoosh

Construction Trades working with 2x4 beams.

21st Century Media students on computers

21st Century Media and Design

Weaving together the artistry of story-telling and the illusions of student-created digital universes, River Bend’s 21st Century Media and Design students create art that leads others into new worlds of experience. 21st Century students explore how visual imagery works in multiple digital platforms such as game making, programming, character creation, creative writing, graphic design, and various forms of animation. Students incorporate elements and principles of art to produce rich content which will then be marketed and promoted on the World Wide Web. Get your Game FAQS in line: Bethesda Studios and Ubisoft await you. 

Instructor: Anthony Daniels



The careers related to River Bend’s Automotive Technology program require attention to the latest technology and delivery of excellent service and repairs. With the backing of our ASE certified auto program, students diagnose and repair engines, brakes, steering, electrical systems, and suspensions. River Bend’s college articulation agreements with Northwestern Ohio University guarantee a higher standard of instruction and opportunity for advanced study beyond high school. Our fully-equipped auto shop hosts nine service vehicles at a time, delivering daily hands-on training with industry-recognized instruction. 

Instructor: Carl Hildebrandt

Auto student working on brakes

EMS class learning about CPR

Emergency Services and Fire Management

The adrenaline rush for students training to save lives in the Emergency Services field has few equals in the world of work. Firefighters and EMT professionals provide essential critical responses to people in crisis. Sick and injured people depend on a highly skilled, highly trained workforce to provide emergency care to survive natural disasters, traumatic crashes and accidents, and life-saving care and transportation in medical emergencies. Certifications in EMT, Firefighter 1, and college credits support a dynamic academic and practical curricula. 

Instructor: Thomas Leeman

Health Sciences


Medical career training at River Bend's Health Science Technology program offers students a fast track to a health related field. Students have the opportunity to earn 9 college credits in Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare, Medical Terminology, and Human Development. During senior year, students have the opportunity to participate in the LNA program at Cottage Hospital. Other training opportunities include nursing homes, veterinary hospitals, and doctors’ offices. These provide real-world experiences that lead students down the path toward the medical careers that continue to offer rewarding work in high-demand industries.

Instructor: Carrie MIller

Health Sciences Class dissecting organs

Culinary Arts Students creating a meal

Culinary Arts

Preparing for a creative and rewarding career in culinary arts begins at The Inn at River Bend.  Students learn food science theory and develop real world skills in our commercial kitchen, preparing for careers as chefs, restauranteurs, personal chefs, nutritionists, and bakers.  Internships and River Bend Inn experiences focus on restaurant management, cooking methods, food safety, nutrition and teamwork. Our program will prepare students with a complete restaurant experience. Students discover their own creative talents as they learn to combine ingredients and develop their own palate.

Instructor: Trace Heidenreich

Teacher Education


Teacher Education program prepares students with a desire to work with children of any age in a variety of educational roles - from preschool to high school classroom teachers. Topics covered include foundations of education, theories of development and learning, classroom management, lesson planning, methods of instruction, special education, and assessment. Education is a field which has a wide range of environments, learning, and work opportunities. Students who complete the Teacher Education program are beginning the preparations to work in P-K through grade 12 schools. In addition, they will be exploring careers which support children who are outside of the classroom environment.

Instructor: Laura Shrewsbury-Pichette

Teacher Education Class with young child

Student Driving Tractor in the Heavy Equipment class

Heavy Equipment


Students considering careers in welding, CDL transportation, and operation of heavy equipment will find hundreds of hours of hands-on training in River Bend’s Heavy Equipment program. Learning to operate excavators, 18-wheelers, loaders, Skidsteers, backhoes—over 18 pieces of heavy equipment—will lead students towards employment in careers that relate to construction and transportation. Units include road building; construction strategies; Mig, TIG, and stick welding, and plasma cutter operation; and heavy equipment operation, maintenance, and repair.

Instructor: Dylan Kidder

Criminal Justice - This program will not be available starting SY24-25.

The Criminal Justice/Public Safety program introduces students to different career opportunities in the Criminal Justice/Public Safety/Emergency Management fields. This program will help influence students in making informed life decisions regarding his or her behavior, which might impact a future career decision. Students participating in the Criminal Justice & Public Safety program will encounter a challenging and dynamic class schedule. The experiences and certifications earned will assure easy employment after completion. Preparation for post-secondary education will be a focus.

Instructor:  Tom Leeman


Criminal  Justice crime scene tape

Cybersecurity image of screen


Explore an exciting new offering at River Bend, Cybersecurity!  Interested in protecting computers, digital information, or financial assets? Looking for a widely expanding field that pays incredibly well and is always growing?  The RBCTC Cybersecurity program may be for you.  Programming, asset protection, and hacking will all be explored.  Available in-person at Thetford Academy or fully remote.

Instructor: Mark Chabot

The River Bend Career & Technical Center provides educational opportunity without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital/civil union status, or any other characteristic prohibited by Federal or State law.