HAVERHILL – Superintendent Maureen Lynch is pleased to share that Whittier Tech hosted a successful open house over the weekend.
On Sunday, Nov. 6, faculty and students welcomed prospective students and their families to the school and showed them the value of a Whittier Tech education.
In preparation for the event, Design and Visual Communications students designed and printed invitations, which were sent to more than 1,800 eighth graders and their families from Whittier’s 11 sending districts.
At the open house, attendees explored Whittier’s newest vocational pathway, marine technology. A boat, jet ski, motor, and boat ramp that were built by Carpentry students and painted by Auto Body students were displayed in the lobby.
Attendees also explored and viewed demonstrations from Whittier’s 22 other pathways: Design and Visual Communications; Graphic Communications; Cosmetology; Culinary; Early Education and Care; Hospitality Management; Marketing-Business Management; Carpentry; Electrical; Masonry; Plumbing; CAD/Drafting; Health Assisting; Medical Assisting; Dental Assisting; Business Technology; Electronics/Robotics; Engineering Technology; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC); Machine Technology; Metal Fabrication; Autobody/Collision Repair and Automotive Technology.
During the open house, Masonry juniors Silas Smith and Gracie Fetty, both from Haverhill, constructed a fireplace completely from scratch. Electronic/Robotic students flew a drone through obstacles around the gym while Engineering students drove remote-controlled cars through cones and obstacles.
Attendees also enjoyed meals, refreshments and snacks prepared by Culinary students at the school’s Poet’s Inn Restaurant, including tortellini, chocolate mousse, brownies, cookies, coffee, tea and more.
“The open house is an opportunity for Whittier Tech to open our doors to the community so they can see all of the amazing things that are happening in our 22 vocational programs every day,” Vocational Coordinator Amanda Crosby said. “It is very exciting to see prospective students and their families explore our school and everything that Whittier has to offer!”
In addition to academics, attendees learned about the many extracurricular activities offered at Whittier like SkillsUSA, participated in application help sessions, visited the school store, and learned about career and college opportunities after graduation. A total of 250 prospective students applied during the open house.
“We had such a wonderful turnout at last weekend’s open house,” Superintendent Lynch said. “Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the students and staff who helped make the open house such a success.”