Sparks literally flew during a recent visit to Blackstone Valley Tech from Massachusetts Secretary of Education Dr. Matthew H. Malone.
According to Malone, his hands-on tour of Valley Tech on October 21, 2013 came as part of ongoing efforts to identify the best practices in education throughout Massachusetts and use them as a model for replication of quality vocational schools across the commonwealth.
“Valley Tech is one of the top vocational technical schools in the state,” Malone said, “and studying its best practices can help us build schools with the same kind of programming.”
Led by Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick and several administrators, Malone’s tour included a lesson from Culinary Arts students on the science of flavors, and a stop in the Manufacturing Technology department, where the Secretary of Education put on a display of his welding skills. In the Drafting and Engineering Technology department, Malone used the skills he earned as a high school drafting major to design a prototype key-chain that was printed on one of Valley Tech’s cutting edge 3-d printers.
Throughout the tour, Malone engaged with Valley Tech students, many of whom told the Secretary of Education that they began preparing as early as the fifth grade for the rigorous Valley Tech admission process. Malone said he was pleased with the number of students who informed him of their plans to pursue post secondary education.
“These students are being exposed to the challenges of technology, project-based learning and practical application,” Malone said. “Valley Tech students are excelling and leaving here prepared and ready for whatever it is they want to do next.”
Above – BVT Secretary Culinary: Massachusetts Secretary of Education Dr. Matthew H. Malone met with a group of Culinary Arts students during his recent tour of Blackstone Valley Tech. Malone called BVT “one of the top vocational technical schools” in the state and praised its success in preparing students for career placement and post secondary education.
Above – BVT Secretary Welding: Left to right- Massachusetts Secretary of Education Dr. Matthew H. Malone recently traded notes on welding with Blackstone Valley Tech Manufacturing Technology students Madison Gasco of Millbury and Allison Gay of Grafton. Secretary Malone was visiting Blackstone Valley Tech as part of his ongoing efforts to identify the best practices in education throughout the commonwealth.
Images submitted by Blackstone Valley Technical High School.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of vigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is http://www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.