Friday, June 8, 2018

Students Earned $676,176 from Co-Op Program in 2018!

In the 2017-18 school year, we had 140 students enrolled in our UCT Co-Op program, which allows juniors and seniors to alternate weeks between academic study and working at a local business to learn a trade. Those students didn’t just learn real-life skills, they earned a combined paycheck of $676,176!

We want to thank our participating partner companies for giving our students this invaluable opportunity. For the students that go to college, they have money in the bank to combat the price of tuition, as well as workplace skills that will serve them in any profession.

For those who go into their chosen trade upon graduation, they have a leg up after learning hands-on from professionals in a real-world setting, and possibly a job offer as a result of the UCT Co-Op experience.

Whichever route our students choose, I am extremely proud of the success of this program. Please be sure to frequent our UCT Co-Op partner companies and thank them for helping us train the next generation and equip them for life after formal education:

A.D. Makepeace Co.
ADR Lawn Care Ambulatory Surgery & Laser Center of Cape Cod
Arabella Salon
Artisan Bake Shop
Artistic Grounds
Atlantic Compressor & Vacuum
Atlantic Subaru
Atria Woodbriar Park
Aubuchon Hardware
Barrett Plumbing & Heating
Battles Nissan
Baynes Electrical Supply
Benjamin Thomas Carpentry
Bennett Plumbing & Heating
Big Wave Craigs
Bourne Manor Nursing Home
Bridges of Epoch of Mashpee
Brush Salon Corp.
Caliri Plumbing & Heating
Cannon Plumbing & Heating
Cape Associates, Inc.
Cape Auto Body
Cape Cod Aggregrate
Cape Cod Senior Residences
Cape Cod Shipbuilding Company
Cape Heritage Rehabilitation & Healthcare
Capeway Plumbing & Heating
Carl F. Reidell and Son Plumbing
Check Collision
City Electric Supply Company
Commercial Electrical Solutions
Continental Marina
Convention Data Services
Cornerstone Creations Inc
DBA Beth's Bakery
Dave W. Crane LTD.
Dorothy Cox's Candies
Duffany Builders
Dunkin Donuts
EAV Solutions, LLC
EJ Jaxtimer
Envirotech Laboratories, Inc
Estia Restaurant
F.W. Webb
Falcon Golf Course
Falmouth Auto Works
Falmouth Energy
Falmouth Toyota
Foster Creative Designs
Fuller Electric Company
Ghelfi's Candies
Greener Image Landscaping
Hamilton Tree & Landscape
Hannah Shaw Home
Hyannis Marina
Hyannis Yacht Club
Indian Cove Aquaculture
JC Engineering
JC Penney Salon
Jensen Landscapes
JML Care Center
John J. Maurer, Inc.
Joseph Agrillo Jr. Inc
Keystone Place
Kool Kone
Little Bay Boatworks, LLC
LRB Enterprises
M. Duffany Builders
Maison Villatte
Maloney Plumbing
Mass Automation Corporation
Midas Auto Repair
Miller Starbuck Construction
Muto Inc.
Notch your Average Tree Service
Onset Water Department
Oyster Harbors Marine
P.A. Landers
Parkers Boatyard
Peter Santello Plumbing
Plimouth Plantation
Plymouth Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center
Quality Mechanical Systems
Robertson's Auto Body
Ronald Nurse Plumbing
Royal Nursing Center
Salon 151
Shepley Wood Products
Snow & Jones
Spark Technologies
Spaulding Cape Cod
Sullivan Tire
Sullivan Tire and Auto Services
Swift Marine Services, LLC
Sylvester Building Movers
Sylvia Electric Terrance
Souza Builders
The Blueberry Muffin
The Mac Express
The Tremont
Thomas O'Connor Electrical
Uncle Jon's Coffee
Unveiled Seafood, Inc.
Wareham Wastewater Treatment Facility
Wenzel's Autobody
Whitewood Kitchens

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Congrats to Our College-Bound Graduates!

At UCT, success is defined by more than a letter from a university, but we want to congratulate our college-bound grads! Here are all the colleges our students will be attending in the fall:

Assumption College
Becker College
Bridgewater State University
Bridgton Academy
Bristol Community College
Brockton Hospital School of Nursing
Bunker Hill Community College
Campbell University
Cape Cod Community College
Cape Fear Community College
Champlain College
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Colby-Sawyer College
Curry College
Dean College
Elms College
Endicott College
Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
George Mason University
Goshen College
Greenville Tech
Husson University
Johnson & Wales University
Keene State College
Lasell College
Lesley University
Lincoln Technical Institute
Manchester University
Marine Mechanics Institute
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Massasoit Community College
Merrimack College
Methodist University
Mount Ida College
National EMS Institute
New England College
New England Institute of Technology
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
Penn Foster Pine Manor College
Plymouth State University
Quincy College
Quinnipiac University
Regis College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Saint Anselm College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
San Jose State University
Simmons College
Southern New Hampshire University
Springfield College
St. Joseph's College of Maine
Stonehill College
The Culinary Institute of America
Thomas College Unity College
University of Maine
University of Maine Presque Isle
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern Maine
University of Vermont
University of Washington, Seattle
Upper Cape Tech Licensed Practical Nurse Program
Utah Valley University Valencia College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Wingate University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Worcester State University

Friday, June 1, 2018

Horticulture Students Prepare Grounds for Graduation and More!

I'm very proud of the work our horticulture students did on the landscaping for graduation, as well as at Sandwich Hollow Golf course. Scroll to see pictures.

Beautiful landscaping for graduation

At Sandwich Hollow Golf Course

Monday, May 28, 2018

PHOTO GALLERY: Students Hard at Work in Their Shops

Here's a sneak peak of our students working in their shop classes.

Health Technology

Marine Technology

Automotive Technology

Environmental Science and Technology

Plumbing and Heating

Engineering Technology

 Horticulture and Landscaping Contracting

Auto Collision Repair



Culinary Arts



Information Technology

Sunday, May 27, 2018

UCT Graduate Wins Chef of the Year

I am proud to announce that Upper Cape Tech graduate, Joseph Ellia ‘04, won the American Culinary Federation Cape Cod and Island Chapter’s “Chef of the Year” award for 2017.

Ellia was a culinary student while at UCT, and currently works as the chef at Bear in Boots Gastropub in Falmouth.

“I was stunned by getting this,” Ellia said. “It’s a cool award to have. All this hard work paid off.”

In response to Ellia’s question of the ACF of Cape Cod regarding why he was selected for the award, Ellia was told “he does so much for the community, from running the Falmouth Road Race to raising money for the Falmouth Service Center, to substituting and instructing students at the UCT culinary program.
In addition, of course, he’s a great chef.”

Ellia stated that “his foundational skills came from his time at UCT”. Although Ellia encourages all the students he interacts with to pursue college, Ellia only has a high school degree. He said that if it weren’t for UCT, he might not even have that.

“I wasn’t a great student and didn’t really enjoy school until I got to Upper Cape,” he said. “Going to UCT was the best decision I made.”

He goes back to UCT often to meet with the teachers who shared so much of their knowledge with him, Chip Koser and Peter Winiarski in particular. He’s incredibly impressed with what the UCT culinary program has become since he graduated 14 years ago.

“It’s leaps and bounds beyond what it was when I was there. I can’t speak highly enough of it,” he said.

At Bear in Boots Gastropub, Ellia just hired four more UCT students to work in the co-op program since a number of seniors just graduated and are headed to college, most to study Culinary Arts. The new students are learning the ropes, and Ellia is proud to teach them what life at a restaurant entails.

“I tell them, ‘If you don’t like this now, get out,’” Ellia said. “But if you enjoy what you do, it’s worth it. It won’t kill you, but it’ll beat you down.” He adds that if you work hard, there’s a lot of money to be made in this industry.

Ellia himself started out sweeping floors and stocking shelves at his family’s deli. After high school he went all over the East Coast, including Virginia and Florida.

In 2008, he married his high school sweetheart, and she convinced him to move back to the Cape. The two have an eight-year-old son.

“He’s my best friend,” Ellia said.

Ellia said his favorite jobs to date were those when he was just starting out: He didn’t know much and didn’t have much responsibility. His current job at Bears in Boots Gastropub, affords him plenty of freedom to experiment and show off his skills.

Just prior to getting his current position, Ellia thought he was going to give up on cooking. He hadn’t done so for three months after leaving the original Oak and Ember in Mashpee.

Burnt out, he walked into the gastropub just to see what it was like. The owners told him they were hiring chefs and asked Ellia to apply. He did so, somewhat begrudgingly, and got the job he now loves.

I asked Ellia what his life would look like if it hadn’t been for UCT: “My life would be completely different. I wouldn’t be married to my wife and I wouldn’t be in this area. I don’t know if I’d be cooking.”

I’m also happy to report that Ellia encourages students to pursue higher education: “I totally push school on kids,” Ellia said, adding that he can’t force anything, but when students tell him they don’t like school, he knows where they are coming from and still encourages them to leave the Cape for a while and return with new experiences and new perspective.

We are so grateful for Ellia’s hard work on the Cape, and his dedication to Upper Cape Tech. I wish him all the best.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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