School Committee Learns How Haverhill High’s Vocational-Technical Programs Provide Leg-Up

WHAV was there when the lab was dedicated in 2016. Cutting the ribbon were Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Victoria Kelley. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Haverhill High School’s vocational-technical programs are helping students hoping to find work in technology industries. That’s the assessment of the Vocational Technical Advisory Board which spoke before the School Committee last week.

Board member Victoria Kelley says the five-year-old program, covers healthcare, IT and programming and web development, areas that have a growing need for trained personnel.

Tara Campbell of the Advisory Committee on Health Care Occupation explains how the programs are giving students a leg up. “A lot of these students that are in the Health Care Occupations Program have an advantage when applying to college. They’re having stacked credentials and they definitely have an edge over other students applying.”

About a half dozen current and former vocational-technical students spoke before the School Committee sharing the ways that the hands-on programs have helped them in developing their skills and achieving their vocational goals.

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