Assabet welcomes Lt. Governor to inaugurate new grant-funded equipment

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito cuts the ribbon in Assabet’s Advanced Manufacturing Program with Assabet School Committee Chair Virginia Simms George (left) and students Kariss Murphy and Benjamin Pierce. Photo/submitted

Marlborough – Assabet Valley Regional Technical high School welcomed Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito for a celebration of the first annual Mass. STEM Week and ribbon-cutting Oct. 23. STEM week is dedicated to raising awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math education. This is an initiative to highlight the connection of strong STEM education to a talented and skilled workforce by Governor Charlie Baker and Polito, in collaboration with the STEM Advisory Council.

Polito and approximately 50 attendees including state legislators, local business/industry leaders, local officials, program advisory members, School Committee members, student leaders, faculty, staff and administration were welcomed to Assabet’s student-run Epicurean Restaurant.

Polito toured the Advanced Manufacturing and Metal Fabrication programs to unveil the new equipment received through the Skills Capital Grant program, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. She spoke with current students and had hands-on experience with the new equipment. Polito expressed the importance of closing the skills gap in Massachusetts and how the advanced skills learned at Assabet will provide them with a skill set like no other.

In October 2017, Assabet received a third grant award of $499,388 in support of the Advanced Manufacturing program to purchase 16 new CNC/Manual lathes. In March a new grant request proposal was submitted through this program for support of the Advanced Manufacturing, Metal Fabrication/Welding, Pre-Engineering and Drafting and Engineering Design programs through the acquisition of two laser cutting/marking machines, one fiber laser marking machine and six virtual reality welding machines. On June 21, Assabet was awarded a $497,000 grant, making the total received through the Skills Capital Grant Program $1,453,898.