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Summer interns at NSK

BENNINGTON -- NSK Steering Systems America, Inc. is proud to announce our two newest team members Jake Dickinson and Dakota White, who interned this summer in the Manufacturing Engineering Department.

Dickinson, a resident of North Pownal, is a graduate of MAUHS and completed course work in the Design and Fabrication Program at the Career Development Center. Jake began his internship on May 19, after graduating from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, with an associate’s degree in applied science in mechanical engineering technology. For his internship Jake works closely with the team of manufacturing engineers to design and build gauges and other tooling needed to increase productivity, part quality and employee safety throughout the plant. Additionallly, he assists with the general set up of some production lines to ensure they develop a smooth parts flow making them efficient and effective.

After completing his internship Jake will be headed to Rochester, New York. He is enrolled in a program at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he will begin working toward his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. Throughout the duration of his internship he hopes to gain valuable experience and knowledge in engineering, which will be useful to him as he continues his education and in his future career.

White is a member of the MAUHS graduating class of 2014. During his high school years he also completed two years of the Design and Fabrication Program at the Career Development Center along with some other technical courses, including Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Automotive Maintenance. These courses, as well as his trigonometry and Pre-Calculus classes helped him perform the tasks he has been assigned as a CDC co-op student at NSK. During his co-op, he worked in both the Manufacturing Engineering Department and Machine Shop. In the Engineering Department, he designed and drafted a transport stop clamp using SolidWorks, and a "go/no-go" gauge for the Plastic Coating Department. He also tested and altered G-code on CNC lathes.

While in the Machine Shop he machined parts following specifications on blueprints, including a counter balance mechanism to automate part of the steering column testing process and milled pockets in clamps.

"This co-op experience was a perfect way to test the skills I developed at the CDC and resulted in my getting an offer from NSK to join their production team this summer. I hope to continue to develop as a technician at NSK while I start my college education at Hudson Valley Community College in the Fall of 2014."

"We are very excited about our interns and welcoming both Jake and Dakota to our team for the summer," said TJ Culliton, manufacturing engineering manager. "NSK believes that not only is this a good way to help these students, but consider it an obligation and an honor to help cultivate the talent that is the future of our industry and our community." CAT TV scholarship recipient announced

BENNINGTON -- Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) is pleased to announce that Blake E. Greenawalt, MAUHS 2014 is this year’s recipient of the CAT-TV/Chester Hickok Memorial Scholarship. Greenawalt, while attending MAU, has studied video production, film studies, adobe photo shop, college prep courses, and participated in MAU soccer, tennis, and Rotary Interact Club. Blake, will attend Emerson College in Boston, MA, in September, majoring in Media Production.

The scholarship that Greenawalt received has been awarded by CAT-TV for the past five years, originating in 2009 by CAT-TV and the family of Chester Hickok. The mission of the scholarship is to support a graduating senior, residing in the towns of Bennington, North Bennington, Shaftsbury, Pownal or Woodford, by encouraging their educational success with video production and/or filmmaking, by providing a monetary gift to help defray the cost of further education.

Hickok gave much of himself to CAT-TV and the Bennington community for several years. The scholarship is awarded to a student who enrolls in an accredited college or university in the fall following graduation and who demonstrates the intellectual curiosity, creativity or analytical mind as exemplified by Hickok.

For more information about CAT-TV or the Hickok Memorial scholarship, contact Darlene Young, outreach coordinator at CAT-TV, 802-442-8868, or

Get mindful at Stratton

STRATTON MOUNTAIN -- The Fall 2014 Stratton Mindfulness Series is a partnership with Wind Rose Retreats that includes seven immersive, relaxing and transformational weekend retreats of self-discovery that will be held at the resort from Sept. 18 to Nov. 16.

The practice of mindfulness is surging in popularity, and dubbed "The Mindful Revolution" on a recent Time Magazine cover. Mindfulness is a loosely defined state of awareness that helps improve one’s health, presence, and focus in daily living, and is the overarching topic when world-renowned authors, innovators, teachers and retreat presenters descend on Stratton Mountain this fall.

Space is limited. To learn more about the Fall Mindfulness Retreat Series and how to register, visit or email

Tuition assistance is available.

Mindfulness can be achieved in a variety of ways, and this series of retreats highlights the diversity of approaches. Participants relax and revive at the resort, and leave with a new understanding of how mindfulness practices can benefit all. Retreat participants will attend intensive group sessions and small group workshop sessions.

Afternoon activities include anything and everything Stratton offers -- riding the gondola, enjoying a hike, yoga and meditation sessions, golf, and the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center and spa.

Evenings include participant and presenter work, and casual fine dining (special dietary needs are accommodated).

"Stratton has once again demonstrated their commitment to mental, physical and spiritual well-being with their decision to host this remarkable mindfulness retreat series", explained Wind Rose Retreat’s Rob McGrath, on Sirius/XM’s Oprah Radio.


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