Legislatures Tour Blackstone Valley Technical High School for a Close Look at Manufacturing Training

UPTON – Although National Manufacturing Day was recognized on October 4, 2013, state Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, and state Representative John V. Fernandes, D-Milford, are setting no limits on their advocacy for the manufacturing industry of Massachusetts.

As chairs of the Massachusetts Legislature’s manufacturing caucus, Sen. Moore and Rep. Fernandes took a tour of Blackstone Valley Tech on October 22, 2013, for an up close look at the manufacturing training being offered within the school.

“The biggest complaint we’re hearing from over 7,000 manufacturers in our state is about the lack of a skilled workforce,” said Rep. Fernandes. “We have to provide them with an educated and capable workforce. Valley Tech is helping us do that.”

The tour highlighted the fact that a career in modern manufacturing requires knowledge and skills beyond machining, as BVT Manufacturing Technology students are also trained in drafting, engineering, architecture, and robotics. Sen. Moore and Rep. Fernandes stopped to speak with several Manufacturing Technology students, including Cole Antalek of Grafton, who informed the legislators that following his Valley Tech training, he plans on applying to the mechanical engineering program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Both Sen. Moore and Rep. Fernandes said that access to the latest technology is the key to properly training students for a future in manufacturing and were pleased to see Valley Tech students gaining hands-on experience with the latest in machining, computer software and even 3-D printing. Helping the school continue providing students with access to cutting edge technology is a big challenge, but it’s one that Sen. Moore and Rep. Fernandes said they will address as they continue working toward a brighter future for the state’s manufacturing industry.

“We need to look into what state government can do to be supportive of the school’s continued training,” Sen. Moore said. “We also need to help our colleagues and the public understand that modern manufacturing is a high-skill, high-tech, and high-paying industry.” 

Following the recent tour, Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick expressed gratitude for the constant and continued support of the visiting legislators.

“The 1250 Valley Tech students and the Blackstone Valley citizenry are well represented by the diverse skills of Sen. Moore and Rep. Fernandes,” Fitzpatrick said. “The senator’s and the representative’s voiced support of our modest fiscal year 2015 expansion plan are key steps in advancing our ability to serve our mutual constituencies.”

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100  BVT Manufacturing Day: From left to right – Blackstone Valley Tech Manufacturing Technology senior Maxwell Budnick of Sutton demonstrates the creation of brass and aluminum chess pieces using a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) milling machine, with Superintendent-Director Dr. Mark Fitzpatrick, state Representative John V. Fernandes, D-Milford, and state Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, looking on. The legislators recently toured the school’s Manufacturing Technology department as part of their ongoing efforts to assist the manufacturing industry of Massachusetts.

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100

BVT Manufacturing Day: From left to right – Blackstone Valley Tech Manufacturing Technology senior Maxwell Budnick of Sutton demonstrates the creation of brass and aluminum chess pieces using a Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) milling machine, with Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, state Representative John V. Fernandes, D-Milford, and state Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, looking on. The legislators recently toured the school’s Manufacturing Technology department as part of their ongoing efforts to assist the manufacturing industry of Massachusetts.

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