CONTINUING EDUCATION 2015
I have opened enrollment for our courses starting in April. As always my suggestion is to enroll early. You do not want to miss out. Some courses fill quickly. Once we hit the limit the class is considered sold out and no one else is permitted into it. By April we will all want to get out of the house; these Continuing Education classes are a great way to do just that. Some of you want to change careers, others want to be able to complete repairs for yourself or be able to use the computer you got for a gift. Our courses are built for both the beginner and the expert and anyone in between. Please log on to or click on the following link www.learnmorebhr.com and check out our programs. Feel free to pass this link on to those who may be interested. There will be a few more programs added, I am just confirming instructors and space so check back or keep an eye out for updates.
The link below is to a heartwarming story about our Chris Bartorelli and the goal of a lifetime that he scored for the BHR hockey team.
It’s a story of courage, grace, humanity, and people reaching out to help a special young man achieve a dream.
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Student Jalen Rance sings at the recent 50th anniversary event celebrating the half-century mark of the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee. Photo by Judy Bass.
By Judy Bass
Every singing superstar begins somewhere, whether with major fanfare and a high-profile launch, or in a more low-key way, steadily climbing the ladder of success to its coveted top rung.
Right now, it seems that Jalen Rance, 17, of Holbrook, a senior studying Culinary Arts at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton, is on track to make that glamorous ascent to the big-time arena of stardom populated by his idols like the late Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway, Ariana Grande, and Usher.
At a recent event honoring the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee on its 50th anniversary held in the school’s student-run restaurant, Rance, who is also a songwriter, utterly wowed the audience with his soulful renditions of rhythm and blues classics, smooth dance moves, and ironclad poise befitting a seasoned pro.
This focused young man exudes intensity, resolve, and determination to weather whatever pitfalls he may encounter in the notoriously fickle entertainment industry as he perfects his vocal skills and balances the myriad demands of high school along with his desire to perform as frequently in public as possible.
Rance gratefully declares that his emotional mainstay and advisor-in-chief is his dad, Chris, a former bodyguard for renowned acts such as Destiny’s Child and Outkast. “My dad is very supportive,” Rance said. “He’s the reason I started this. He guides me, basically.”
Rance, who explained that he has “always been singing since he was little,” mentioned that his valued inner circle also includes his vocal teacher, singer/musician/songwriter Meghan Cress. “At 14,” he said, “I got my first vocal lesson at Bristol Studios in Boston. After I met with them, they gave me an offer to go on a TV show called ‘Sound Off.’ I appeared on it, and although it’s off the air now, through it, I met my teacher, who has worked with music business sensations like Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys, and was mentored by Luther Vandross. Meghan took me under her wing and whipped me into shape. She taught me how to write songs and work with the crowd.”
Cress is based in New York, so Rance has to be inventive when it comes to finding methods of working with her long-distance. He said the two email back and forth, as well as calling and using Skype.
“At first,” Rance confided, “I thought [collaborating this way] was going to be a disaster, but I needed to learn how to do it independently.”
Rance is fortunate to have another multi-talented mentor, Michael Bivins, a Boston native who was the founding member of the group New Edition before creating Bell Biv DeVoe with two other members of New Edition, according to Wikipedia. It also states that Bivins “discovers, manages, and produces for other acts,” among them Boyz II Men.
“He kept my head in the right place.” Rance said appreciatively. “I have a great foundation behind me.”
That foundation probably comes in handy when Rance goes on the road to perform with the Reality Dance Jam Tour, which showcases young artists. Its web site has him listed to perform in Long Island, N.Y. this month, Chicago in February, Connecticut, Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C. in March, and Baltimore in April.
Rance has also sung with a humanitarian organization called Tunes for Tots. Their web site states, “Tunes for Tots is a community of extraordinarily talented musicians that have come together, as a team, in cities around the world, to produce events that benefit children’s charities. Since April 2011, our TFT community has expanded to more than 1700 artists all across the United States, and internationally into Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, and other countries…We provide hope, strength, and love where the need is great. Additionally, we’ve discovered that these concert events are also a vehicle for training and development for the artists and a launching pad for them to take their music career to new levels.”
It takes plenty of stamina and grit to be a student and a traveling performer, as Rance discovered. He said he once had a show in New York on a school night, following which he arrived back home in Massachusetts at 6 a.m., changed his clothes and rushed off to a hectic day of school at Blue Hills.
As for his education there, Rance gushed, “I love Blue Hills. When I came here, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do. Culinary is kind of like my Plan B [career, after performing].”
Clearly, Rance knows what he wants and is going after it. Asked about his goals, he said, “My hope is to have longevity and to be happy while doing it. You have to stick to your dream. As long as you do that, you can do anything.”
Practical Nursing Information Sessions, Teas V Entrance Exam, and Prep Courses Available from BHR Continuing Education
LPN INFORMATION SESSIONS
Thursday, March 12, 2015 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 11:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LPN TEAS V ENTRANCE EXAMINATION.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LPN TEAS V PREP COURSES AVAILABLE THROUGH CONTINUING EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
***THESE CLASSES HAVE ROLLING ENROLLMENT***
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TEAS V MATH PREP COURSE THURSDAYS 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
TEAS V READING PREP COURSE TUESDAYS 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.