BENNINGTON >> The board of directors of the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center approved the hiring of a new integrated design instructor, and accepted two faculty resignations.

Adam Cannistraci will take over the integrated design, manufacturing, and engineering program from Bruce Gabrus, who retired at the end of the last school year. Cannistraci received his diploma from the Career Development Center in 2010, and an associate's degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 2012. He worked at Lauzon's Machine and Engineering of Bennington from July to Dec. 2010, Mack Molding of Arlington from 2011-2015, and at Cambridge Valley Machining from 2015 to present. From 2013 to present he has also been a part-time instructor of evening adult classes at the CDC.

"We're very lucky to have found Adam," said Superintendent Michael Lawler, "This is a very hard position to fill. We interviewed five people, out of six applicants, and Adam is our top choice."

Resigning their positions were Dr. Marie-Pierre Huguet, the center's assistant director for adult and continuing education, and business instructor Barbara Gorbaty.


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"I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of the SVCDC," wrote Huguet in her letter of resignation, "I greatly appreciate the experience afforded to me and feel that I have expanded my professional skills through our challenging, interesting, and rewarding endeavors. I wish you all the best in all of the SVCDC's future initiatives and thank you for all the support you have shown to the Adult and Continuing Education program over the years." Huguet had served in that position since 2012, and was known in the wider educational community for founding the Paddington Bear Award at Molly Stark Elementary School, which was awarded to one student each month who had excelled or made great strides in reading. Prior to working at the CDC, she worked in curriculum and course development at Excelsior College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Connecticut. She has not publicly announced her future plans at this time.

"She's done one heck of a job for this school," said board chairman Jim Boutin, "we all recognize that."

Gorbaty, who has been with the CDC for 21 years, resigned her position to accept a position at a technical center in the Albany area. "It has been a pleasure to work with you and your team," she wrote in her letter of resignation, "The twenty years I have spent at the CDC will always be an important part of me. I wish you continued growth and success in all your endeavors."

Boutin said that a search is underway for a new business instructor.

The board also approved the hiring of Brian Foster, who will work as a paraeducator and technical specialist, replacing Donna Maloney, who left the school in February. He graduated from the CDC in 1993. "Brian comes to us with a wealth of experience in the field," said Lawler. "We're looking forward to having Brian on board with us."

The Career Development Center Board meets the third Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the conference room at the CDC. Full recordings of their meetings are available on Catamount Access Television, and on the station's YouTube page.

— Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.