This year, Brockton High School received $122,000 in Chapter 74 state funds for vocational education and Friday afternoon, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray visited Brockton to see that it was being put to good use.
At one point, he sat down and spoke with eight voc-tech students in the school’s restuarant. Sachem, a junior at Brockton High, is in the graphic design program which is one of three courses covered specifically by Chapter 74 state funds, “Brockton High School, your sophomore and freshman year let you explore everything you like. I did carpentry and automotive, I liked all that. I have great teachers here; they teach everything not just the actual field of their subject but life and how to play the game, how to make your mark in the world. That’s what I want to do, I want to make a mark.”
The Lieutenant Governor said he’s an advocate of maintaining funding for vocational education in Massachusetts because it’s a transitional program that provides real-world experience, “It’s informing how we’re teaching in some of the other schools because people learn definitely. A number of you talked about hands on, some people learn things better that way than strictly on a whiteboard or a blackboard or a book.”
Weaving through the carpentry, automotive and graphic communication classrooms, which are the three programs covered by Chapter 74, the Lieutenant Governor told the Brockton students he’s working to maintain or possibly increase vocational funding,“We know one of the issues, equipment and infrastructure at our voc-tech schools cost a little more. The equipment that you learn is state of the art so that when you go out into the fields whether it be graphics or automotive or construction or culinary that you’re ready. So that’s one thing we’re going to be working on.”
Principal Susan Szachowicz explained that because Brockton High’s a comprehensive school, the voc-tech programs are very competitive, “A challenge we face more so, I think, than the vocational schools is just that limited space. So it is competitive in the sense that often times the freshmen can’t get in, with the juniors and seniors getting priority.”
Brockton High School was the 36th, Chapter 74-funded school Lieutenant Governor Murray has visited this year.