Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Sign Up For UCT Career Exploration Camp!

Students entering the 7th or 8th grade are invited to join us for four fun-filled days exploring the exciting programs that Upper Cape Tech has to offer. 

There is no charge to attend and transportation will be provided. 

Call Upper Cape Tech today at 508 759-7711 ext. 210 to reserve your space in one of our following camps, which run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m
  •  July 8—11 
  •  July 15—18 
  •  July 22—25 
  •  July 29—August 1 

For a taste of what's to come, click on the names below to check out our students keeping their options open at UCT:

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Governor Charlie Baker to Speak at UCT Commencement June 2nd

I am honored to announce that Governor Charlie Baker has confirmed that he will be the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Commencement Speaker at our graduation ceremony at 1 p.m. on June 2nd.

Governor Baker’s remarks are expected to center around the need for expanded vocational education in the Commonwealth and highlight his administration’s support of these efforts through the Skills Capital Grant Program.

Governor Baker’s decision to join us for Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School’s graduation is a strong endorsement of the ongoing effort at our school to meet the workforce needs of our community. As the profile of Upper Cape Tech continues to elevate, Governor Baker’s commitment to vocational education is an important part of our success.

According to Governor Baker, “Massachusetts’ vocational and technical high schools prepare students for high-demand jobs so they can compete and thrive in today’s economy. Upper Cape Tech is doing just that, and I’m thrilled to be able to participate in their commencement ceremony to recognize and congratulate the Class of 2019 on their accomplishments.”

The entire UCT staff and student body are excited to welcome Governor Baker.

This year’s graduating class is comprised of 157 students from the five communities Upper Cape Tech serves. As part of the curriculum, 138 students were enrolled in a cooperative education experience for a portion of their junior and senior year. During this experience, students worked in their chosen trade with a career mentor and learned invaluable skills to make them prepared for the workforce. Combined, students earned nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in salary during their cooperative education experience this year.

Highlights of the accomplishments of this year’s graduating class include:

  • 34 students were offered full-time employment from their CO-OP employers immediately following graduation;
  • 88 graduates have applied to college and received nearly 200 letters of acceptance; 
  • 89% of graduates plan to continue their education in their chosen field of study in high school, meaning if they aren’t filling a Cape job right now, they may be in a handful of years. Continuing education defined as Certificate, 1, 2 or 4 year programs.
  • 72% of students complete their education within 5 years of graduation, significantly higher than the state average

Friday, May 24, 2019

UCT Co-Op Students Earned $740K this Year!

UCT Senior Chrissy DeStefano working at Envirotech Laboratories
The Upper Cape Tech Co-Op program has really blossomed, and I’m excited to report that during the 2018-19 school year, 154 UCT juniors and seniors earned a combined paycheck of $740,000 -- that’s nearly a quarter of a million dollars!

In the UCT Co-Op program, juniors and seniors are able to alternate weeks between academic study and working at a local business to expand their expertise in their chosen trade. Students work with a supervisor who utilizes a work-based learning plan to evaluate their skills as well as their employability skills.

The students learn invaluable skills to make them prepared for the workforce -- and take home a real paycheck. 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 the professionals working with them, and possibly a job offer as a result of the UCT Co-Op experience.

In fact, this year, 34 of our graduating seniors have accepted full-time positions from their Co-Op employer. Whichever route the students choose, the success of the UCT Co-Op program speaks for itself!

Learn more about one of our co-op students, Chrissy DeStefano, here.

Monday, April 29, 2019

UCT Students take home 13 Gold Medals in MA SkillsUSA Competition

UCT students competed in the Massachusetts SkillsUSA Competition this weekend. Each year, career and technical education students across the nation compete from the local to national level, showcasing the excellent vocational skills they are gaining in their areas of study.

As a school we were awarded 13 Gold medals, 3 Silver, and 1 Bronze. Great job. On to Nationals!

First Place:
American Spirit: Faith Ball-Roemer, Ashley Perry, Nina Barette

Career Pathways Showcase; Natural Resources/Agriculture/Food: Jillian Taylor, Joseph Rotondo, Derek Duggan
Occupational Health & Safety Multiple Section: Nathan Zylich, Noelle Tavares, Phoebe Cardoso
Occupational Health & Safety Single Section: Corinne Deangelis, Sean Mallard, Cara Cox
Marine Service Technology: Xavier Sequeira

Second Place: 
Information Technology Service: Christopher Raposo 
Marine Service Technology: Wallace Alden
Internetworking: Kameron McElroy 

Third Place: 
Automotive Refinishing Technology: Courtney Enos

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Chrissy: UCT Environmental Science & Technology Shop Spotlight

Chrissy DeStephano: UCT Environmental Science & Technology Shop

 "We’re always outside or getting hands on into a project. 
It’s different every day."

Why She Chose UCT: 
I wanted to attend Upper Cape Tech because my sister was a senior when I was a freshman and she really drove my decision to come here.

Why She Loves Her Shop: 
My favorite part about this shop is the relationship we have with our teachers. They’re always there for you no matter what. Everybody messes up -- they know that happens. And they’re always there for you.

Her Future Plans:
I’m not committed to any college yet but my first choice is Johnson and Wales University to major in criminal justice.  My plans after I graduate college  are to enroll in a law school somewhere to study in environmental law.

How UCT Has Benefited Her: 
I’ve benefited from the Upper Cape Tech experience because I’m learning presentation skills and professionalism, and I may not have gotten that elsewhere. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Christopher: UCT Engineering Technology Shop Student Spotlight

Christopher Rogers: UCT Engineering Technology Shop

 "The UCT education is different from a traditional high school because you’re not in academics all the time, and you’re learning things that interest you."

Why He Chose UCT:
I wanted to attend Upper Cape Tech because it’s a trade school and trade schools allow you to get experience before you go out into the workforce or college.

Why Engineering Tech? 
The engineering shop is really fun. We get to do a lot of hands-on experience and work on the mechanical side of things.

His Future Plans:
My plan after graduation is to attend a four year college and get my mechanical engineering degree.

My long term plan after college graduation is to get into a nice job quickly in mechanical engineering and eventually to get my Master's. 

How UCT Has Benefited Him:
I’ve learned so much from Upper Cape Tech. Obviously going to the trade school I’ve learned so much about engineering in general. I found out what I wanted to do in life. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

UCT Co-Op Spotlight: Envirotech Laboratories, Sandwich MA

Co-Op Spotlight, Envirotech Laboratories

"The Upper Cape Co-op program is an excellent program where students get to come into a real life facility and actually learn how to work in one." - Rebecca LaValley, Envirotech Laboratories

Chrissy DeStefano:
Senior, Environmental Science & Technology

Benefits of the Co-Op Program: "Me going on a co-op really helps my relationship in the workforce. I can talk to clients, customers, and all my employers, they teach me everything I need to know about what I would need to learn after high school."

What She Does on Co-Op: "Starting my junior year in January I started working at Envirotech and Laboratories in Sandwich. People bring in samples of water and I can test it for any type of bacteria they want, such as E.Coli, etc."

Rebecca LaValley: 
Co-Op Supervisor, Envirotech Laboratories

Why She Participates in Co-Op: "We're involved because we've had good success with different kids. I enjoy having the students here because I enjoy watching them grow throughout the year and I enjoy the challenge of working with them. "

What She Teaches in Co-Op: ""This is Chrissy's second year with us and it's been great because I've been able to start to teach her new things. Last year we did a lot of things with the bacteria, and this year we've actually started working new instruments. So it's awesome to be able to like build on what's been happening."