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I just returned from the fall ATC TTEC alumni workshop in New York’s Harriman Park. I am quite fired up about the amount of knowledge I learned and the hands-on activities in the 2 short days about trail design. The instructors were top notch; not only accomplished in their trade (volunteer or paid) but also patient skilled teachers. I think each of the participants felt they successfully contributed to the reconstruction of the AT on Bear Mountain and can bring this new knowledge and enthusiasm home to share with those in the classroom and in our communities. I have already started a dialogue with the Carolina Mountain Club!
Lissa McGovern, Nina Christensen and Stephanie Morris
Thank you, ATC, for providing everything we need once we arrived. For Kate and I, this included the outdoor gear we needed which enabled us to fly from NC without the worry of having to pack the extra gear. It streamlined our transition from work to travel without the hassle of having bags to be checked or to purchase extra equipment. It is a blessing to only have to bring our personal items and know we will be taken care of during the workshop.
Eddie Walsh teaches slope and grade
I know a lot of planning goes into making this workshop and my hat goes off to Karen Lutz and those who participated in all parts of preparing and carrying this workshop out for us. Thank you for provided the much needed workshops that rekindles the fire that keeps us enthusiastic about sharing the wonders of the outdoors and all that can be learned from it.
My team has been involved in the TTEC program since 2008 when we first went through the program. Since then, we have been privileged to be able to present and participate in our TTEC regional workshops and feel a great sense of renewal by invaluable reconnecting with TTEC, new teachers, and learning more skills.