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MINUTEMAN HIGH SCHOOL IS FEATURED ON NATIONALLY-BROADCAST PBS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

October 5, 2017
MINUTEMAN HIGH SCHOOL IS FEATURED ON NATIONALLY-BROADCAST PBS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

“Job Centered Learning” to be broadcast on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. on WGBH World station

By Judy Bass

LEXINGTON – Minuteman High School is one of three vocational technical high schools in Massachusetts featured on “Job Centered Learning,” an upcoming, hour-long PBS television documentary about career and technical education by award-winning filmmaker Bob Gliner.

It is scheduled to be broadcast on PBS World stations in much of the nation. Locally, it will be shown on the WGBH World station on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and will be rebroadcast on October 14 and 16. Viewers can find the exact station number in their area by going to worldchannel.org and clicking on “Select Station.”

The two other vocational technical high schools in this state that are showcased on the program are Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne and Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough.

“Job Centered Learning” demonstrates how the intensive career and technical education students receive at high schools like Minuteman helps to close the skills gap between the abilities and knowledge which job seekers possess and the credentials and experience that employers want in the people they hire.

The program also describes how this type of education rigorously prepares students for professions as diverse as masonry, fashion design, forensic science, welding, aquaculture, culinary arts, aircraft maintenance and animal husbandry while teaching them how to apply academic concepts.

Minuteman Superintendent Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon is pleased that this documentary spotlights the significant benefits that 21st-century career and technical education has for young people and for the nation’s economy.

“We are honored to be participating with PBS in the effort to bring light to the incredible story of high quality vocational technical education,” said Dr. Bouquillon. “We are vigilant in our work to change the outdated perceptions of vocational education across the United States. Parents must see this kind of education for the opportunity it provides all of our kids. Blindly putting kids into the ‘college trap’ is not only limiting our kids’ futures, but it’s collapsing economic opportunity for many young families crippled with college debt and with no real skills or awareness of their purpose.”

Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career & technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage. The school serves a diverse student body with multiple learning styles, expanding opportunities for college and career success.

As an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), Minuteman challenges all students to aspire to their full potential, accelerate their learning, and achieve success in the 21st-century global community.

Serving the towns of Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham and Stow