Thursday, June 2, 2016

GREEN INDUSTRY WORKER SHORTAGE? LOOK TO UPPER CAPE COD REGIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR A POSSIBLE SOLUTION.

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.

GREEN INDUSTRY WORKER SHORTAGE? LOOK TO UPPER CAPE COD REGIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL FOR A POSSIBLE SOLUTION.

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

Friday, October 30, 2015

Environmental Science and Technology solving real - world issues

Have you seen or heard about the Upper Cape Tech Environmental Technology students and their project to solve a significant worldwide issue, in partnership with several local businesses and scientific organizations. 

Read all about it below: 

 The students at the Upper Cape Tech Environmental Technology Program have been working with scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory's Program in Sustainable Aquaculture to address critical issues facing our planet - how to create protein to feed a growing population of people, how to reduce the burden placed on wild caught ocean fish used in animal feeds, how to reduce the tremendous organic loading placed on landfills and their related methane production as a source of carbon emissions. The answer is simple, proven, and capable of providing jobs to students with the expertise. It involves using insects, specifically Black Soldier Flies; a simple, non-pest species of fly, superbly adapted to consume and convert plant and animal waste into high quality protein that can be used as a fish meal replacement. The technology to use Black Soldier Flies to convert waste products into valuable protein is not new, it has been occurring for thousands of years. The global challenge of producing land-based protein to feed a growing population, the need to reduce carbon emissions, and the increased demand to reduce our waste stream has reawakened interest in utilizing these wonderful insects. Commercial Black Soldier Fly systems are now being used all over the world to address these issues and New England is perfectly poised to play a big role in utilizing the time-proven concept. Tens of thousands of pounds of fish waste accumulate daily in New Bedford, Point Judith, Gloucester, Boston and other coastal fishing communities. Some of this waste is converted into valuable fertilizer, but much of it winds up in landfills. Large volumes of restaurant and household waste meet the same fate. The students in the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School’s Environmental Science and Technology Program have won two gold medals in two different contests at the SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference in the past two years, developing a scalable, functioning model. They have presented to the Cape Cod Technology Council about their work last June and are working hard to accomplish several goals as they scale up their model in their 1,000 square foot greenhouse. These goals include: a.) Demonstrate to the public what can be done to address the important issues of land-based protein production and landfill waste reduction. b.) Develop the knowledge and soft-skill sets (higher level reasoning to solve inquiry-based problems, teamwork, adaptation and communication) required to help scale-up this technology. c.) Perform outreach and education to foster job development and industry growth Addressing real-world problems in a project-based learning environment, Upper Cape Tech Environmental Science and Technology students will continue to develop expertise that enables them to adapt to a rapidly changing world, one in which critical thinking, adaptation, communication and teamwork are essential.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Big Fix

This past weekend, Upper Cape Tech hosted 150 volunteers from throughout Cape Cod as they prepared to participate in The Housing Assistance Corporation's (HAC) Big Fix. Each year the HAC chooses a Cape Cod town to serve with their Big Fix initiative. The volunteers fix the homes and yards of selected residents on a specific Saturday in the fall. This year Bourne was selected. Upper Cape Tech was the gathering location for the kick-off breakfast and the culminating lunch. The Upper Cape Tech School Committee, administration, teachers, and students are proud to be able to support community activities at the school and within our five member towns.