Superintendent Joseph Mastrocola
250 Pawtucket Boulevard,
Tyngsborough, MA 01879
For Immediate Release
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Contact: Jessica Sacco
Email: [email protected]
Greater Lowell Tech Celebrates and Bids Farewell to Class of 2019
LOWELL — More than 500 young men and women proudly marched into their futures Friday evening. Greater Lowell Technical High School held its annual graduation at the Tsongas Center for their 2019 Senior Class in front of thousands of the student’s loved ones.
Graduates hailing from the greater Lowell area received diplomas spanning the nearly two dozen competitive specialties that the school offers, ranging from the medical and health industry to STEM fields and traditional trades like masonry and carpentry.
“I’m proud of our school, proud of our communities and proud of our students, it’s the culmination of a great school year we’ve had and these kids deserve everything that comes to them, they’ve worked hard.” Superintendent Joe Mastrocola said.
Congresswoman Lori Trahan whose husband also graduated from the technical school was the Commencement Speaker and spoke passionately about the need for schools like Lowell Tech.
Trahan, who is originally from Lowell, not only sits on the House Education and Labor Committee, but grew up in a home where her father was a Union Ironworker.
“I talk about vocational and technical schools all the time, this is our answer to filling and closing the skills gap in our country. We have some kids who will have to go off to college and some kids who will start work on Monday in their field,” Trahan said.
Lowell Tech was founded in 1967 and is one of the largest technical high schools in the Commonwealth. The institution believes graduates leaving with their diplomas are college and career ready with their two-in-one degrees.
The school recently received a $65 million-dollar renovation making the institute not only cutting edge technologically but highly coveted as well. The school currently even has a wait list to get in, Congresswoman Trahan spoke about that as well “I think the answer to the wait list is that we have to make the lane bigger, we have to accommodate more kids because these institutions by design are set up to adjust to our changing economy better than any other higher institution. They map to real good paying jobs in our community and so one of the things I fight for on the Education & Labor Committee is getting more funding for schools like this one.”
In her Commencement Address, Trahan says there’s nothing Lowell Tech’s students can’t achieve and Superintendent Mastrocola says there’s a reason why,” I do believe we are one of the best kept secrets around, people know that we’re a good education for students. It’s a great day, we’re lucky.”