Vocational and Academic Programs Highlighted At Career Night Open House
TURNERS FALLS, MA – The halls, shops and classrooms of Franklin County Technical School were buzzing with activity as middle school students and their parents toured the school during a recent Career Night Open House.
The event, which is held twice a year, gives eighth graders the opportunity to talk to teachers, students and administrators about what the school has to offer as they are deciding where to attend high school in the fall. Although the event is mostly attended by eighth graders, ninth graders are also invited to take the tour.
Franklin County Tech was decked out for the open house. Shops displayed projects that the students worked on, and the wide variety of student clubs and organizations set up tables in a main hallway. There was even a girls’ basketball game going on in the school gym during the open house.
Early visitors to the event were treated to a free spaghetti and meatball dinner.
Superintendent Richard Martin was pleased with the turnout, saying it was “more robust than last year.” He said the open house is a great way for students and parents to become familiar with the opportunities offered by the school.
“There are more people here than in past years,” Martin said. “There is very high interest by parents and students to enroll here. I talked to a dozen sets of parents and all of them expressed interest in the school. Ten of them said their kids were coming to school here and the other two were thinking about it.”
Martin said that Franklin County Tech gives students a well-rounded education that includes highly respected vocational programs, as well as outstanding academic courses.
Franklin County Technical School offers vocational education in Collision Repair and Refinishing, Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Health Technology, Landscaping and Horticulture, Machine Technology, Plumbing and Heating, Programming and Web Design, Welding and Metal Fabrication, and a Pre-Employment Program.
Visitors said they were impressed by the variety and quality of the programs that are offered at the school.
Seay Minor of Gill was at the open house with his daughter Rachel, who is currently being home-schooled. He said he has known a number of people who have attended Franklin County Tech and Rachel wanted to come and explore the school.
“We haven’t decided if we’re going to continue to home-school or if Rachel will come to school here,” Minor said.
Minor added that school staff and students were “inviting and welcoming” during the open house.
“The teachers and students were very informative,” he said.
Danielle Newton of Shelburne Falls said she, her son Gabriel Corlis, and his friend Ashton Monska were particularly impressed with the school’s Machine Technology program.
“It’s very interesting and gives the kids a great opportunity to learn a skill that pays very well,” Newton said.