Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Career and vocational technical education is on the forefront of preparing students for concepts in renewable energy as well as training in new and innovative technology; and

Whereas Vocational career and technical education provides Massachusetts students with a school-to-work transition and is the backbone of a strong, well-educated work force, which fosters productivity in business and industry; and

Whereas Vocational career and technical education gives high school students practical experience in meaningful applications of skills such as reading, writing and mathematics, thus improving the quality of their education, motivating potential dropouts and giving all students leadership opportunities in their field and in their communities; and

Whereas Vocational career and technical education offers individuals lifelong opportunities to learn new skills, which provide them with career choices and personal satisfaction; and

Whereas The ever-increasing cooperative efforts of vocational career and technical educators, business and industry stimulate the growth and vitality of our economy by preparing workers for the occupations forecast to experience the largest growth in the next decade,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 22ndP – 28PthP, 2012, to be,

Massachusetts Vocational Career & Technical Education Week

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this ninth day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth           

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth   
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts