Economist: Colleges, voke schools need to do more job prep


By Laura Krantz | The MetroWest Daily News | October 19, 2012

Manufacturing is flourishing in Massachusetts, economist Barry Bluestone said Thursday, but community colleges and vocational schools should do more to prepare students for jobs in those industries.

The Northeastern University economist, at a business luncheon in Framingham, lectured on the results of a study he recently completed about the manufacturing industry, saying it is healthy and growing while other sectors in the state still suffer.

“The industry we had given up for dead is actually leading the recovery,” Bluestone said to about 75 executives in the Sheraton hotel. The talk was hosted by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. Read More

A Look at Vocational Education


By John Castelluccio | Peabody Patch | September 17, 2012

Lt. Gov. Tim Murray paid a visit to Peabody last Thursday to tour the vocational programs at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

As chairman of the governor’s STEM Advisory Council (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math), Murray pledged to visit every vocational and technical high school in the state. He said Thursday he is about three-quarters through to his goal now.

Murray talked briefly with school administrators and Mayor Ted Bettencourt before embarking on the tour. Murray noted that recent studies are showing the manufacturing sector has strengthened in the Bay State over the past four years, and there are also about 100,000 workers preparing to retire by 2018. Read More

Gov. Deval Patrick announces new program for vocational schools


By Erin Shannon | Enterprise News | September 14, 2012

AVON — Welding. Mechanical drafting. Metal layout. Machining.

Those are among the skills taught to students at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School in Easton to prepare them for future jobs.

So school Principal David Wheeler was pleased to hear that Gov. Deval Patrick announced plans Thursday to ramp up efforts to draw more vocational high school students into manufacturing jobs – and the governor made the announcement at a company in Avon where some Southeastern Voke students learn their trade.

“Working inside for a good salary, for a stable company, with benefits, is where we want our kids to be,” said Wheeler.

According to a new study, titled “Staying Power II, A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts 2012,” the manufacturing industry in Massachusetts is alive and well. Read More

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