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Minuteman Celebrates Launch of New Advanced Manufacturing Program

Minuteman Celebrates Launch of New Advanced Manufacturing Program With a Visit from Lt. Governor Polito

LEXINGTON – With help from the Lt. Governor, Minuteman High School this month celebrated the opening of its new Advanced Manufacturing lab.  The new lab, outfitted with the latest state-of-the-art equipment courtesy of $995,000 in state grants, is designed to train high school students and adults in high-wage, high-demands jobs in the advanced manufacturing field.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined Minuteman staff, area business leaders, and a host of dignitaries on February 15 in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the start of the new program.  She praised school officials for establishing the new program.  “This is essential for Massachusetts,” she said.  “We’re known as the number one innovation economy in the country.  You are on the cutting edge of something really amazing.” 

Minuteman’s new Advanced Manufacturing program is being launched with the help of two major state grants from the Baker-Polito Administration.  Minuteman has received competitive grants totaling $995,000 through the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet to purchase state-of-the-art CNC lathes, milling machines, sophisticated measuring equipment, a laser engraver, and 3D printers.

“Skills Capital Grants help strengthen relationships between schools and local industry and provide students with experience, knowledge and opportunities before they graduate high school,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said.  “Our administration is pleased to have invested nearly one million dollars in Skills Capital Grant funding in Minuteman Tech and we remain committed to ensuring students are equipped with the proper tools for success.”  

State Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) and Rep. Denise Garlick (D-Needham) presented Superintendent Edward Bouquillon with an Official Citation from the Massachusetts Legislature.  Dr. Bouquillon presented Lt. Governor Polito with a drinking glass engraved with Minuteman’s logo.

Several Minuteman School Committee members attended the ribbon-cutting, including chair David Horton of Lexington, Alice DeLuca of Stow, and Ford Spalding of Dover.  Also attending were Robert LePage, Assistant Secretary of Career Education; Kevin Farr, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators; and several members of Minuteman’s Program Advisory Committee for Advanced Manufacturing, including chair Mark Lyons. 

Earlier in the day, Rep. Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington) and Rep. Kate Hogan (D-Stow) toured the new lab.

Rep. Kaufman spoke to a group of business leaders, faculty members, and students celebrating the new program.  “Minuteman has a well-deserved reputation for being ahead of the curve,” Rep. Kaufman said, praising the school for creating new programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the workplace.  “Minuteman stands out as a really exceptional place.”

Superintendent Edward Bouquillon thanked state officials for providing the funds to start Advanced Manufacturing.  “Money does make a difference, especially in vocational education, where our students need to learn on the latest equipment so they have the skills employers are looking for”, Dr. Bouquillon said.  He said Minuteman soon would be applying for more grants, to modernize additional programs.  

A small group of ninth-grade Minuteman students started training in Advanced Manufacturing earlier this month.  They will major in the program for the next 3½ years.  Additional classes will be added over the next few years, bringing total enrollment in the high school day program to more than 50 students.

In collaboration with the UMass Lowell School of Engineering, Minuteman will also be offering after-school Advanced Manufacturing courses for adults.

Minuteman has an active Advanced Manufacturing Program Advisory Committee consisting of business people, educators, and representatives of the community.  The Advisory Committee meets at least twice annually and gives the school advice on curriculum, textbooks, technology, equipment, and the latest industry trends. 

The newly-reconfigured Minuteman district includes 10 member towns:  Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham, and Stow. 

Minuteman is an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). 

 

For Release:  February 16, 2018
Contact:  Julia Pisegna, (781) 861-6500, ext. 7291,  JPisegna@minuteman.org