McCann hears presentation on Advanced Manufacturing Program /

Tom Matuszak, a teacher in McCann’s advanced manufacturing department, told the school committee that the students’ skills are far beyond what high school students are typically able to do.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School’s Advanced Manufacturing Department, which has undergone significant upgrades over the past few years, provided a progress update to the school’s Student and Staff Development Committee. department.

“The store has undergone a complete transformation from what it was three or four years ago,” said Tom Matuszak, a teacher in the advanced manufacturing department. “We upgraded computers, we upgraded machines. We operate in software. And everything we have is so aligned with what’s going on in the industry right now.”

Matuszak and four students from the department presented projects to the school committee earlier this month. He said many advanced manufacturing students, including juniors and seniors, have already attracted the interest of potential employers.

“These kids are so advantaged when it comes to where they will be when they graduate, if not before,” he said. “All the kids here who are in front of you right now, they’ve all been in cooperative interviews over the last week, and they’re going to continue.”

A student who participated in one of these cooperative interviews, George Kipp, said that the resources he and other students in the department provide many benefits.

“I think the technology we have in the store is amazing, for me to be able to do that. Industry standards, it’s like beyond that,” he said. “When I went to my interview, I showed this, and they said, ‘This is crazy. That’s what they do there, and so for me to have that knowledge already, they really liked it.”

Another student, Jacob Touponce, was able to design and make keys as part of a class project that the school would have had to purchase otherwise.

“Mr. Matuszak gave me a project to do, and we should have spent $400 for new keys. And I did it with a cost of $50,” he said.

Matuszak said student proficiency in the department is far beyond what high school students are typically capable of.

“We had two advisory board members who were here for the past two weeks. And both of them told us, as teachers, that the things that these high school kids do are things that some people in the industry can’t do. ,” he said. “And they work well on high school-related material.”

McCann Superintendent James Brosnan said he was proud of what the Advanced Manufacturing students have accomplished.

“All four of you have shown, in everything you’ve done, the initiative to say, ‘I want to do better, I want to do better. I want to keep improving,’” Brosnan said. “And that’s remarkable. We can be very proud of you for doing that.”

School committee chairman Gary Rivers said the work of advanced manufacturing students and faculty is proof of the department’s significant progress since the school opened. He explained that things were very different when the school first opened.

“Each of these machines [when the school first opened] was navy surplus,” he said. “They took them off a boat and brought them here, and they were making parts for World War II in Korea with these machines.

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Ryan H. Bowman