Economy Tells Youth to Make Their Own Jobs

Published by — Project Breaker uses building a social-venture business as the center of their learning experience. “School is often divorced from the real world. And Millennials believe they have to follow their passions, so they’re very frustrated. So how do we help kids create value (paid work) by learning the skills they need inContinue reading “Economy Tells Youth to Make Their Own Jobs”

Equity or Excellence in Vocational Education

Published by — Open enrollment or selective admissions; equity or excellence? I first visited William M. Davies Career & Technical Center almost 20 years ago, for a story about workforce development.  But the real story, back then — revealed only off-the-record — was that the school leaders were freaking out over the state’s mandate that theContinue reading “Equity or Excellence in Vocational Education”

Overcoming the Tyranny of the High School Schedule

Published by  Students are milling around the small fleet of vehicles in the parking lot of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School (BVTS). Lacking professional uniforms, they clearly weren’t the dental assistants expected to go out to speak to middle-schoolers about oral hygiene.  If they were construction students they’d have tool belts.  The Heating and AirContinue reading “Overcoming the Tyranny of the High School Schedule”

When a School Makes Itself Useful To Business

Published by — Manufacturing supports an estimated 17 million jobs in the U.S.—about one in six private sector jobs.  The sector badly needs more trained workers. Eighteen years ago, on his first day as the new Superintendent of Blackstone Regional Vocational Technical School (BRVTS) Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick found an envelope on his desk, left byContinue reading “When a School Makes Itself Useful To Business”