Thursday, January 26, 2017

Support UCT on Valentine's Day

Headed to to do some Valentine's Day shopping? 

We'd love it if you'd shop at to benefit Alumni and Friends of Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Inc. How does it work? All you have to do is get to Amazon through our link, and .05% of your purchase price will come to UCT at no cost to you. 

Amazon has something for everyone on your list: electronics, jewelry, clothing and more! 

Thank you for your support! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

UCT Responds To Industry Need with New HVAC Program

A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) program will train students for careers in that high demand career. Tech school superintendent Robert A. Dutch said it is a course of study that the school has not offered to date. Dr. Dutch said the new HVAC program is in answer to requests he has received from within the industry for trained workers. Many HVAC contractors have indicated there is more work than they can perform. The only thing keeping them from growing their business is a trained workforce in HVAC.

Dr. Dutch said that he has also been approached by David A. Augustinho, Executive Director of the Cape & Islands Workforce Investment Board. Mr. Augustinho spoke of feedback he has received from the HVAC community about the need for training people for careers in HVAC, and a program at the school would help satisfy that need. He added that an Upper Cape Tech program would also be beneficial to either train or retrain adults for the HVAC industry, Dr. Dutch said.

Incoming freshman next fall will have the opportunity to explore the HVAC program and choose it as their career in January of 2018. The first graduating class of HVAC technicians would be in 2021. To provide a quicker solution to the dearth of HVAC technicians, UCT’s Adult and Continuing Education program in collaboration with the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board, will offer adult programs preparing HVAC technicians as apprentices and ultimately becoming licensed HVAC technicians.

We are welcoming anyone interested in serving on the HVAC Program Advisory to contact the school. Also, financial support for the construction of the facility and equipment is welcomed. Naming rights for the building are also still available. 

For further information regarding the program and ways to support UCT and this new program please contact: 

Superintendent Robert Dutch
Upper Cape Cod Technical High School
220 Sandwich Road
Bourne, MA 02532

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

UCT Celebrates Parking Lot Solar Canopy

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Solect Energy and Green Seal Environmental, along with members of the community, celebrated the new solar photovoltaic (PV) canopy. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on December 19, 2016.

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School partnered with Solect Energy of Hopkinton, MA and Green Seal Environmental of Sagamore Beach, MA and installed a 613 kilowatt (kW) solar canopy in the school's parking lot. 

The solar array is expected to cover up to 20% of the school's annual energy costs, and is financed under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solect Energy.

Let the sun shine in! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Upper Cape Tech Senior Named Presidential Scholar

Amber DiBona, a senior in health careers at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School has been chosen to as one of five seniors to represent Massachusetts as a CTE Presidential Scholar. 

DiBona, a Bourne resident, plans on obtaining a degree in Nursing and then continuing her education to become a physician's assistant. She’s considering attending Curry College. 

“Since I was little, I knew I wanted to be a nurse.  [UCT] allowed me to meet my academic requirements and begin working as a CNA at the same time allowing me to gain experience in my chosen field,” DiBona said. 

And her hard work has paid off. 

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has selected “some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors” to honor each year since 1964. In 2015, the program extended to include students, like DiBona, “who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.” She is one of five students in Massachusetts nominated as a Presidential Scholar. 

Students do not apply to the program, but are chosen as finalists via invitation because of their excellence in their chosen technical area or by nomination from a Chief State School Officer. 

Dibona will now compete to be selected as one of up to 160 students recognized. If selected, Dibona will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer (expenses-paid), and will receive a medallion at a White House-sponsored ceremony. She will also get to meet numerous important figures including government officials, authors and scientists. Finally, the group will attend recitals and visit our nation’s capitol’s great museums and monuments. 

“I was very surprised and quite ecstatic when I heard the news. I’ve worked hard in high school and have had a lot of support from my parents and teachers, so I must admit; it was nice to get this sort of recognition for all of us.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


At Upper Cape Tech we have been focusing on ensuring a reliable, qualified, and ready workforce for our communities. The article linked to this post is a great representation of an example that highlights the value of vocational technical education and the Massachusetts model of delivery. We regularly look for partnerships with businesses to ensure we can meet the need of the industries in which we offer career and technical training, to help our partners grow their business and enhance the communities within which we live while providing careers for our graduates.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Lt. Governor Visits UCT

On May 19th Upper Cape Tech had the opportunity to share the great things going on at Upper Cape Tech with Lt. Governor Polito during her visit to the school. She spent time exploring the Horticulture program with students and teachers, learning about the different aspects of their learning. She also had a chance to see all of the new equipment purchased with the $422k grant provided by Governor Baker and his administration. We also had the opportunity for Environmental Technology students to show off their new lab in the Wastewater Treatment facility and classroom followed by a tour of the main ET shop where they explained the broad variety of projects they work on and the skills they acquire.

The Lt. Governor talked to the students about her vision for the future of vocational education and the great opportunities that exist for them as graduates. She expressed the administration's commitment to connecting education and workforce development in collaboration with post-secondary education.

Upon departure, Lt. Governor Polito said how impressed she was with the students, the programs, the campus feel and the quality of graduates who leave vocational education with choices and opportunities and the ability to succeed either in the workplace or in continuing their education.

Left to right: Rep. Susan Gifford, Rep. Randy Hunt, Lt. Gov. Karen Polito, students Olivia McFarland, Tatyana Foskey, Joshua Sprague, William Maginnis, Fiona McAfee, Renee DeAngelis, teachers Josh Greeley, Keith Boyle, and Lisa Guyot.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veteran's Matter

For those of us who have the benefit of the day off from work in recognition of Veteran's Day, let's remember why the day exists as a national holiday.

While Memorial Day is a day to remember and pay respect to the brave men and women who gave their lives serving our country in war Veterans Day celebrates the soldiers who are still alive and served in the armed forces.

I would like to offer appreciation and recognize the members of the Upper Cape Tech staff (listed below) who have served their country for our benefit, so that we can continue to have the freedoms we enjoy today. Your service to the country matters as does your continued service to the students at Upper Cape Tech.
Thank you. 

US Air Force
  • Kevin Brand
  • Jeff McLoughlin
US Army 
  • Edward Osgood
  • Amos Robinson
  • James Robinson 
  • William Wallace
US Coast Guard
  • Rick Giannelli
  • Tom Sherry
  • Tim Smith 
US Navy 
  • Mike Carrier 
  • Gene Kelly
  • Bill Rouillard
  • Anne Silvia
  • Tim Willmott