CLOSING THE GAP: “Chronicle” Highlights Blackstone Valley Tech

bvtchronicleBlackstone Valley Tech Health Services senior Adam Intinarelli of Sutton said he was proud to represent his school during an interview with WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle” program. Intinarelli told the show’s producers that he believes the integration of academics and vocational training will help him reach his goal of becoming an occupational therapist.

An upcoming episode of WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle” will examine Blackstone Valley Tech’s success in closing the achievement gap between boys and girls.

While researching solutions to the issue of girls outperforming boys in schools across the country, “Chronicle” producer Amy Masters said that she became interested in Valley Tech after learning that BVT male and female students are excelling on equally high levels. According to the highly regarded producer, “Chronicle’s” interest in Valley Tech was fueled by the system’s consistently high achievement, completion, and placement rates. Her advance research included review of an article in the September 2013 issue of “The Atlantic Journal” which claimed that BVT’s “success with boys is astonishing.”

During their recent visit, Masters and her production team toured Valley Tech’s shops and classrooms, and spoke with several students about the connection between vocational technical and academic success. For Manufacturing & Engineering Technology junior Daniel Burdick of Milford, the integration of Valley Tech’s vocational technical and academic curriculum keeps him engaged whether he is in his vocational shop or an academic classroom.

“The math I need to know in my manufacturing shop corresponds to what I’m learning in my actual math class,” Burdick explained.

Sutton resident Adam Intinarelli told the “Chronicle” crew that Valley Tech’s vocational technical programming helps students keep an eye on the future, while providing motivation to succeed in the present.  As a senior in the Health Services program, Intinarelli views each day at Valley Tech as another step toward his goal of becoming an occupational therapist.

Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick was also recruited to speak with the producers of “Chronicle” and provided his view on Valley Tech’s success with both male and female students.

“Our teachers and administrators are owed a great deal of credit and gratitude for establishing an educational environment where the potential to succeed is unlimited,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick noted that in nearly twenty years as BVT Superintendent-Director, “Chronicle” has visited the school three times to highlight various programs and initiatives. The latest appearance on the popular program is especially timely, according to Fitzpatrick, as Valley Tech embarks on a $6 million bond project to expand its facilities and establish additional vocational programming.

The “Chronicle” episode featuring Blackstone Valley Tech is tentatively scheduled to air in late January or early February. Details will be posted on the school’s website (www.valleytech.k12.ma.us) once an air-date has been selected.

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 www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.

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