AUGUSTA — Capital Area Technical Center has announced its March professionals of the month.

Isaac Hayden Contributed photo

Isaac Hayden of Whitefield is a junior from Erskine Academy in South China enrolled in the Electrical Technology program. He has found the program fast paced, but feels he has learned a lot in a short amount of time. He entered the program feeling electrical work was very complex and now feels he is getting a solid grasp on the subject.

His instructor, Mike Parent, said “Isaac is a very serious student always doing his best to learn all he can. He participates in and promotes class discussions adding to a positive atmosphere. Isaac is a well-rounded individual that any employer would be lucky to bring to their team,” according to a news release from CATC.

When he’s not in school, Hayden likes to work and is looking forward to his spring baseball season at Erskine Academy. He plans to return to the center next year to continue his study of Electrical Technology. His career goal is to own his own electrical business.

Caleb Knox of Augusta is a senior from Cony High School enrolled in the Computer Technology program. He finds the program fun and not hard, because he enjoys the subject matter.

His instructor, Mike Fraser, said “Caleb’s dedication to the class has been a bright spot. There are many times when Caleb has put in extra effort or work simply because things need to get done. I have been grateful to have a student like Caleb, who I can rely on in these trying times,” according to the release.


Knox spends his spare time playing online video games. After graduation, he plans to attend college.

Ross Young Ledgehill Photography

The center’s Alumni Spotlight this month shines on Ross Young of Chelsea. Young attended the Business Academy at CATC and graduated from Cony in 2017. He went on to graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington. He is a financial services professional with New York Life Insurance Company, and owns his own landscaping business, Ledgehill Landscaping.

Ross said, “CATC allowed me to grow as a person and develop new skills that I would take with me for life. I was able to earn college credits while still in high school, which enabled me to graduate college early and get a jump start on my career,” according to the release.

His supervisor at New York Life, Francis “Frank” Mesina, said “I sometimes tell agent and investment adviser candidates, ‘This is a winning team. If you do not consider yourself to be great, or aspiring to be great, please do not interview with us — you will just slow us down.’ At New York Life we do not look to hire people who are simply good at sales. In our industry, that might result in a lawsuit down the road. Instead, we look for people like Ross, who have a history of success and believe that good people like to see good people succeed.”

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