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One giant leap for Bay Path

Donation helps high school make huge tech purchase

Bay Path Vocational Machine Shop students Matt Hurton, of Webster, left, and Ryan Murphy, of Auburn, both freshmen, work together on a machining center program. In December, the shop received a $100,000 donation from United Lens for which they will buy a state-of-the-art water abrasive cutting machine that few schools have. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2011
CHARLTON — The machine shop trade at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School has been given the opportunity to be leaps and bounds ahead of their peers thanks to United Lens.

In December, United Lens donated $100,000 to the machine shop trade in order for them to purchase a state-of-the-art machine that very few schools in the country have.

"The Flowjet, which is a water abrasive cutting machine, will cut anything you put under it," said Tate Ostiguy, Machine Technology Instructor and Robotics Advisor at Bay Path. "It will cut through steel a foot thick. It is the latest and greatest in technology. Obviously, we could never afford that, but this donation is going to bring us to the next level that most schools could never do."

The main point Ostiguy is trying to bring across to companies they could potentially buy from is that the scenario is win-win for everyone involved.

"We're negotiating prices with a couple of different companies, but I'm trying to work with one particular manufacturer of these machines who is on television and has connections," he said. "My approach to them is 'We've got a company that believes in technical schools and wants us to get to the next level. You, the manufacturer, need me just as much as I need you.' Lets face it. We have 15-year-old kids that are going to be using your equipment. When they get out into the real world, guess what they are going to buy and know?"

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

Janines Frostee
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