MTHS Receives Grant From Governor Baker for Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Engineering

From the desk of Dr. Heidi Riccio, Principal/Director, Medford Technical High School…
     “It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Medford Technical High School received $495K to support the expansion of Culinary Arts & Hospitality and Engineering programs at the school.  Superintendent Roy Belson and I received this from Governor Charlie Baker Friday  afternoon at Greater Lowell Technical High School.  These funds will allow Medford Tech to re-build a commercial kitchen, cafe, full service dining room, conference room while also adding manufacturing equipment that will support our Engineering and Metal Fabrication programs.
     This truly was a team effort!  Each one of you played a role in this application. Whether it was to support our vision of providing exceptional vocational technical education to students at MTHS through partnerships or encouraging us along the way, Medford Tech is sincerely appreciative of our community and its ability to rally for something that is needed in Medford.  And, it will continue to be. Our students, teachers, and community partners will be working alongside each other to get this done in a relatively short amount of time. We are on a fast track, as all equipment must be installed by June 30th!  If you have any ability to assist, we plan to have an event in the late spring to bring us all together to work on some of the project.  Please consider playing some role in this as it is sure to be an awesome day filled with graduates, advisory members, and others!
     I must thank my Assistant Director, Jill Sawyer, who has helped bring this school into an era where technology is around us in every program and we have “bumped up” expectations of service delivery.  Jill has worked diligently in our effort to bring a renewed sense of pride to be a vocational technical student in Medford.  I am proud of the work that we have all done in creating a clean, welcoming environment for students to come and learn.  Lastly, I would like to thank Sam Christy, from our Robotics Department and Lisa Berube, our Cooperative Education Coordinator. These two individuals sat in a room with me for days tweaking and writing this application. Pulling it together so that it read clearly to those who would make the decision as to whether we met the grant requirements.  I am sincerely appreciative of their thoughts, their skills, and their desire to help the entire school community by creating a solid and strategic plan with me.  It is an exciting time to be at the Medford Technical High School as we continue to move forward with exceptional career and technical education opportunities for all students. “