We had a wonderful night hosting 250 members of our Advisory Board at a buffet dinner to honor their service and commitment to our 22 vocational-technical programs. Throughout the school year, members advise our teachers on the pertinent skills and industry trends that make our graduates valuable employees.
Vocational Coordinator Beverly DeSalvo spoke about the many accomplishments at Whittier during the past year, including the opening of two new programs -- Medical Assisting and Engineering -- and more than $650,000 in state money awarded in competitive grants to overhaul our Machine Technology program and launch the Engineering Program. Curriculum Coordinator Kelly Fay was honored with a large bouquet of spring flowers for her grant writing skills that brought in the money.
Guest Speaker John Guerin, a former Haverhill mayor and now Membership Services Director for Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, noted how Whittier Tech has grown since he graduated from Haverhill High in 1979. "What you all do here is critical to our economy," he said. "Whittier Tech is on the cutting edge of training tomorrow's workers and thankfully all of you give of your time and skills to keep the curriculum relevant and visionary. We are very grateful to the entire Whittier Tech community for standing tall and being part of the solution."