Statement from State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante and Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken on the Career Technical Institute Initiative

“Tonight, Governor Baker announced the Career Technical Institute Initiative. We are glad the Baker-Polito Administration has learned from the example and success of the Gloucester High School Craft Laborers Program.

In 2018, an MOU was signed between the Craft Laborers Local 22, Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, and Gloucester High School. The agreement allows Gloucester High School students that were not accepted into the regional vocational school in their freshman year to enroll in a pre-apprenticeship program with Local 22 during their junior year.

Gloucester High School students remain Gloucester Public Schools students, attending required courses for graduation at GHS in the morning and boarding a bus to Essex North Shore to study in a building trades pre-apprenticeship program with Craft Laborer instructors in the afternoon.

This collaboration between Gloucester Public Schools, Essex North Shore, and Local 22 has allowed more students interested in the trades to enroll in a program based on a technical education and career path. Students that enroll in the program are guaranteed a job in Local 22 post-graduation.

We are glad that our collaborative effort to create new educational and employment opportunities for our students is serving as a model for use around the Commonwealth.”

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