Capital Area Technical Center’s April professionals of the month, from left, are Isaiah Barden and Antonio Marino.

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

Isaiah Barden Contributed photo

Isaiah Barden of Readfield is a senior at Maranacook Community High School enrolled in the Business Academy program. He has found the knowledge he has gained through the program helpful already in many aspects of his life. He has learned about leadership, managing a business, using programs in the Microsoft office suite, motivation, psychology and problem solving models.

His instructor, Angela Dostie, said, “Isaiah is an excellent student — positive, engaged, and conscientious. He always has a smile on his face, and is well-liked by his classmates,”  according to a news release from the center.

When he’s not in school, Barden likes to read books and attend physical training sessions. He plans to leave in June for boot camp with the United States Marine Corps and is excited to pursue his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), which is Combat Support.

Antonio Marino Contributed photo

Antonio “Tony” Marino of Dresden is a senior from Hall-Dale High School in Farmingdale, enrolled in the Building Construction program. He has completed four projects, which have included a wood box and a coffee table. He is working on building a playhouse structure for his nieces.

His instructor, Thomas Holzwarth said in the release, “Tony is the greatest. He has helped me tremendously adjusting to when we have had to provide online instruction. Tony would get online early with me to test things out, so when the other students joined the online class, all the kinks had already been worked out. Tony has picked up great skills this year and is going to be a great carpenter.”

Marino spends his spare time playing soccer, wrestling, watching TV with family and working out. In the fall, he plans to attend Central Maine Community College to continue his study of building construction.

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