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Tantasqua students earn hands-on training

Experience an 'eye-opening event'

From left, Ian Haggerty, electrical instructor Noel Lamothe, James Fontaine, Brandon LaChance, Tyler Martel, and Gov. Deval Patrick. Haggerty, Fontaine, LaChance, and Martel are all part of the Technical Division's electrical program. (click for larger version)
May 09, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Students from Tantasqua Regional High School's Technical Division attended Construction Career Day at the Laborers' Training Academy in Hopkinton last Wednesday, May 4, gaining valuable experience and meeting a special guest — Gov. Deval Patrick.

In addition to meeting the governor, juniors and seniors from the carpentry, electrical, and CAD-Architecture programs had an opportunity to spend time with workers in the building and construction trades. Under the supervision of these professionals, the students operated heavy equipment, including backhoes and forklifts, and participated in other activities.

"The Construction Career Day is a wonderful event that validates vocational-technical education and the need for skilled laborers and tradespersons," said TRHS Technical Division Principal Mark Wood. "It is an eye-opening event for many, as it exposes students to career opportunities that they may not have previously considered. It also reinforces that fact that construction cannot be outsourced."

In other news involving the Tantasqua and Union 61 School District, Superintendent Daniel Durgin recently announced that a new EMT-Basic course would be offered this summer at Tantasqua Regional High School. This course will qualify participants to take the Massachusetts EMT-Basic practical and written certification exams.

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

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