For Immediate Release - May 05, 2011

LT. GOVERNOR MURRAY VISITS WALTHAM HIGH SCHOOL TO HIGHLIGHT CAREER AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

WALTHAM - Thursday, May 5, 2011 - Highlighting the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to closing achievement gaps through innovative educational strategies, Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray today visited the Career and Vocational Education Program at Waltham High School to learn about its successful approach to career and vocational education.

"Expanding access to high quality teaching and learning is a critical component of our focus to improve public education for all students," said Lieutenant Governor Murray. "I have visited many outstanding vocational and technical education programs and remain deeply committed to working with educators and community leaders to disseminate best practices that help our students succeed today and also learn workforce training skills for the future."

During his visit, Lieutenant Governor Murray discussed the Administration's new leadership model to advance and expand access to vocational technical education programs across Massachusetts.

The new leadership model will expand partnerships between educators and employers and increase collaboration among state agencies with the goal of expanding the use of vocational technical schools. These schools, on average demonstrate higher graduation and lower dropout rates compared to overall high school rates statewide, according to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's 2010 Dropout Rate Report. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will also hire an Associate Commissioner for Vocational, Workforce, and College Readiness Programs to head the initiative.

"The Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators is most appreciative of the continuing support of the Lieutenant Governor for the Commonwealth's vocational technical education system," said David Ferreria, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA). "His recognition of the unique and effective instructional model in vocational technical schools, state of the art technical laboratories, and strong linkages to business and industry are ideal for building the State's capacity for effective workforce development. This new leadership model will build effective partnerships leading to expanded 21st Century educational opportunities for the citizens of Massachusetts."

Lieutenant Governor Murray has visited over 30 Career, Vocational and Technical schools in Massachusetts. Currently, over 44,000 students are educated in 60 career, vocational and technical schools statewide. Career and Technical Education in the Waltham Public Schools includes the areas of Career and Vocational Technical Education, Family and Consumer Science, and Business Education in grades 9-12 and Technology/Engineering in grades 7-12.

Specific programs available to students in Waltham include:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Business
  • Carpentry & Cabinetmaking
  • Career Exploratory
  • Child Care
  • Collision Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Family & Consumer Science
  • Graphic Arts & Communications
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Technical Education
  • TV Broadcasting

"I am delighted that the administration is focused on enhancing educational opportunities for our students. Lieutenant Governor Murray's visit to Waltham High School is an affirmation that we are on the right track," said Senator Susan Fargo.

"During these tough fiscal times, I applaud the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to maintain funding for public education across the Commonwealth. By maintaining the state's commitment to fund education, our schools will continue to provide top-notch educational opportunities, strengthening our communities, school systems and ultimately our children," said Representative Thomas M. Stanley.

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