Published in the July 10, 2017 edition.
WAKEFIELD — School Committee Chairman Deborah Davis, of Woburn, announced recentlyt that Northeast Metro Tech received a $100,000 Cummings
Foundation grant to expand opportunities for seniors in the district to obtain technical and career skills prior to graduation.
Northeast was notified it was a recipient of the Cummings Foundation’s $100K for 100 grant on May 19. The money will be used over four years, through $25,000 installments, to pilot a 12-week program called Exploring Vocational/Technical Career Paths for Non-Metro Tech Seniors.
The pilot program, which is free for students in Northeast’s 12-community district, is designed to give seniors who are not enrolled at Northeast the opportunity to explore a number of career paths, like Dental Assisting, Metal Fabrication and Electrical. The first of the courses is scheduled to begin in January. Each class will run on Saturdays for four hours.
“We recognize that not all students know what career paths they’d like to pursue following their high school graduation,” Principal Carla Scuzzarella said. “This program is a great opportunity for those undecided or undeclared seniors to explore some of our vocational courses to learn valuable skills for their future endeavors.”
Along with getting hands-on instruction in Northeast’s shops, students enrolled in the program will have access to Northeast’s Career Center. There, a staff member will be available to assist participants with putting together resumes, conducting job searches, preparing for interviews and more.
The Cummings Foundation awards $10 million each year through its $100K for 100 grant program. Awardees typically include those supporting local causes, such as human services, education, healthcare and social justice.