BILLERICA, MA — Shawsheen Tech. Superintendent Tim Broadrick welcomed a state delegation Tuesday night including Representative Miceli, Secretary Jay Ash, and school committee members to a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of their new machine shop.
“This is a site to behold” Representative Miceli said during remarks to students, faculty, and local community leaders. “What most impresses me is the foresight the school has in teaching their students skills such as these, which will make them the valuable employees, business owners, and developers of our future. Several years ago when addressing the graduating class, former Superintendent Charlie Lyons told me that ‘every student in that audience has a job or college lined up.’ Seeing a machine shop as advanced and well-run as this is the reason why students from this school are so highly sought out.”
“Training and investing in our students is why Massachusetts has one of the highest standards of livings and average income” said Secretary Ash. “We are thankful that our friends in the legislature choose to support this program every year.” Prior to his appointment as Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Secretary Ash served as the Chief of Staff for the Ways and Means Committee, overseeing several budget processes.
The machine shop, funded by the legislature in the annual budget and distributed by the Governor’s office, allowed Shawsheen Tech to purchase new equipment and expand machine-shop operations. In addition to the equipment, students are also able to access a newly updated robotics lab, precision equipment, and the latest computers and software used in various manufacturing and engineering industries.
Among new purchases include precision lathes, drill presses, 3D printers, and milling machines. Purchases such as these have allowed Shawsheen Tech to become the first National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Certified Training Program in the Northeast.
Other officials in attendance included Shawsheen Tech School Committee member Patricia Meuse representing Tewksbury, Ken Buffum representing Billerica, as well as Robert Peterson and James Gillis representing Wilmington. Newly elected Senator Cindy Friedman and Representative Ken Gordon also attended.
(NOTE: The above press release is from State Rep. Jim Miceli’s Office.)
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