ERIC Number: EJ779066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Businessman's Efforts Help Reinvent Valley Tech
Pedersen, Diane B.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J3), v82 n8 p42-44 Nov-Dec 2007
Machine shop and metal fabrication programs across the country have struggled since the mid-1980s when the rise in global competition resulted in more manufacturing jobs going overseas. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, Massachusetts, was able to keep its program up and running due in large part to its partnership with a local businessman--Scott Rossiter. Because of Rossiter, the former owner and operator of Lampin Corporation (a manufacturer of precision-machined components), Valley Tech now has a thriving state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies program. Able to provide area businesses with capable employee candidates trained to current workforce standards, Valley Tech is considered a model school system on state and national levels. What started as a single local businessman searching for ways to help a school meet his workforce needs has turned into a long-term commitment, and a structured partnership which has had a significant positive impact on education.
Descriptors: Metal Working, Manufacturing, Vocational High Schools, Secondary Education, School Business Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Labor Force Development, Educational Finance, Educational Improvement
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site: http://www.acteonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts