The Capital Area Technical Center nominates September’s Pros of the Month


Capital Area Technical Center’s September Pros of the Month (from left) are London Putnam, Danikah Chartier and Shylah Woodford.

The Capital Area Technical Center has announced its September Professionals of the Month, according to a press release from Student Services Coordinator Stephanie Turgeon.

London Putman photo submitted

London Putnam, from Readfield, is a senior at Maranacook Community High School and a sophomore in the Culinary Arts program. She was a member of a CATC team that won the Maine ProStart competition and traveled to Washington, DC to compete nationally. Her team ranked fifth in the nation.

Putnam also won a gold medal in Maine at the SkillsUSA Restaurant Service competition. Her first place finish at the SkillsUSA Gold Medal gave her the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the SkillsUSA National Competition where she placed 14th in the nation.

She described her experience with National SkillsUSA as “insane” and loved the camaraderie she found in United States competitors she met. She is excited to be back on the CATC ProStart team this year and will begin training in late October for the Maine ProStart competition in February.

After graduating in June this year, Putnam plans to attend college and pursue further training in culinary arts.

Shylah Woodford photo submitted

Shylah Woodford, of Readfield, is a senior at Maranacook Community High School and enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant program.

So far through the program she has learned about professional hygiene, bed making, bed and bath care for clients, shaving clients and urinary tract.

When Woodford isn’t the center of attention, she’s busy with sports and activities at Maranacook. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Rho Kappa, and the varsity field hockey and softball teams.

After graduation, Woodford plans to pursue nursing education with the goal of becoming a registered nurse.

Daniela Chartier photo submitted

In the spotlight of the center’s alumni is Danikah Chartier.

Her career began when she founded her portrait and wedding photography business in 2014. Participating in the Capital Area Technical Center graphic design program in 2017 allowed her to develop her photography and retouching skills to a professional standard and with the mentoring of industry professionals. She then competed in the SkillsUSA national photography competition over the summer before going to college.

Chartier said, “Joining CATC was the best thing I could do to jumpstart my career and prepare for my future education. The graphic design program at CATC provides students with a comprehensive toolbelt for their creative expression and teaches them the necessary lessons in professionalism, collaboration and self-motivation.”

Chartier is a 2018 graduate of Gardiner Area High School. She is expected to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Related Media at the Fashion Institute of Technology in May 2023. She receives minors in art history, theory and culture of fashion history, and film and media studies.

Some of her accomplishments since attending FIT include becoming photo director for Blush magazine, photographing for luxury skincare company La Femme Noire, and working as a fashion history and digital photo archive intern for the Alexandre Vassiliev Foundation in Paris, France this summer .

After graduating, Chartier plans to continue her conceptual photography for publications and exhibitions, work as a freelance fashion and beauty photographer, and pursue her new passion in fashion history and costume design.

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