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Valley Tech Summer Enhancement Projects Maximize Internal Talent

Valley Tech incoming senior Dylan Peloquin a Carpentry student from Blackstone and Jeffrey Brown a 2011 Carpentry graduate from Milford, work to complete prep work on the floors in the Drafting area as part of the renovations at the school. The pair are part of a team of Valley Tech staffers and students who are working on summer enhancement projects for the betterment of the school.

During the summer at Valley Tech the usual everyday bustle of students and faculty has been replaced with the diligent work of staff members and student employees working on school enhancement projects. The crew is working to enhance and improve the school for new freshmen and returning students for the 2011/2012 academic year. Total enrollment this fall will exceed 1,250. Due to its longer school year, students begin their return to school on August 16 when freshmen orientation begins with the system's annual cookout, a full day of orientation on Wednesday, August 17, and all students returning on Thursday, August 18.

This year's summer projects, which are fully underway, include: renovating the Cosmetology area to make better use of the current space and serve growing interest in the program; expansion of the currently cramped Drafting area to provide more space per student and also serve the program's continually increasing enrollment interests; reconfiguration of the school store; reconfiguration of the Auto Body area; renovating the Three Season's Restaurant, the school's student-run restaurant that is open to the public throughout the school year. The school is also working diligently to maintain and improve the football field as well as continuing to develop the Trask/Willard property in Upton, which will house a softball field in the future. Additionally, the Electrical training area will move to a new area in the school upon completion of a newly designated space within the school. Since this project will take place during the school year, it will engage students from numerous vocational areas allowing greater exposure to real hands-on work in a truly rewarding manner.

"The summer enhancement projects are beneficial for everyone involved," commented Director of Construction and Facilities James Brochu. "By employing existing staff members and students it offers a budget-conscious solution to our enhancement needs for improving the school's learning environments. It also provides summer jobs and hands-on learning experiences for students eager to put their vocational training to use."

Future improvement projects include meaningful and cost-effective solutions to address the growing need for high-quality career and technical education in the Blackstone Valley. These projects, while still on the drawing board, include building a lecture hall, biotechnology learning suite and upgrading existing science laboratories to continue meeting the demands of the 21st century workforce.

"We are extremely pleased with the way our dedicated staff maintains this campus," Brochu said. "We take great pride in protecting our building and once again are eager for the staff and students to return."


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