Secretary Of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash Speaks At Shawsheen’s Advanced Manufacturing Ceremony

BILLERICA, MA — On Tuesday, December 19, Superintendent/Director Timothy Broadrick welcomed more than 30 guests into the machine technology shop at Shawsheen Valley Regional Technical High School for the rededication of the shop following an extensive capital investment program with funds provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Attendees heard remarks from State Representative James Miceli, Representative Kenneth Gordon Senator Cindy Friedman, along with Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash.  This rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony brought together supporters from the business community as well as academic partners, along with students, faculty, administrators, and members of the Shawsheen School Committee.

In his remarks, Ash congratulated the Shawsheen community for its hard work and dedication to preparing high school students and adults for the world of work. Ash went on to point out that the Massachusetts economy is now number one in the nation, and the envy of most of the rest of the world in large part because, “we have a highly trained and skilled workforce.”  But he then acknowledged that the great challenge that lies ahead is to ensure that our educational system continues to provide the critical skills that businesses need and are so eager to employ.

Ash, along with several other speakers from the local legislative delegation, praised the spirit of collaboration and cooperation between the Baker administration and the state legislature hence ensuring funding for programs such as the Workforce Skills capital grant program.

That program provided Shawsheen $495,000 to purchase more than a dozen new pieces of equipment including several state-of-the-art computer numerically controlled machine tools. Two of Shawsheen’s machine technology instructors, Larry Retelle  and Tony Bazzinotti, were instrumental in providing the technical guidance needed to prepare the grant and complete the renovations.

Students in the machine technology program will now graduate with the skills and experience that will allow them to join the advanced manufacturing workforce.

Several Shawsheen machine technology students, including Jason Elias, Lucas Moreira, John Bumpus, and Nate Wilkinson, beamed with pride as they took the opportunity to show the guests the state-of-the-art machine tool technology that is now part of their daily educational experience. Each of the speakers during the ceremony applauded the students for their decision to come to Shawsheen Tech while they also pointed out the critical role that all the regional vocational technical high schools play in today’s economy.

Friedman remarked on the fact that many more young people need an alternative educational pathway that will prepare them for the world of work as well as give them the opportunity to go on to higher education.

In closing, Ash emphasized the fact that the Baker administration and members of the legislature intend to continue to support the capital investment needs of the state’s technical high schools.

Ribbon Cutting
Left to Right:  Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, Shawsheen School Committee member Don Drouin, Senator Cindy Friedman, School Committee member Paula McShane Lambert, School Committee member Patricia Meuse, Representative James Miceli, School Committee member Ken Buffum, Representative Ken Gordon, School Committee member Bob Peterson, School Committee member Jim Gillis, Shawsheen Vocational Director Dave Norkiewicz.

(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)

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