One of the most important things we can do to help bring jobs back to the 6th district is to make sure our workers have the technical training that companies are looking for. That’s why investing in technical education is a critical part of my plan to jumpstart our economy. Today I stopped in at the new Essex Tech campus in Middleton, and I have to tell you I was blown away.
The $137 million new facility, which will house the merger of North Shore Tech and Essex Aggie, is a sprawling campus with four academies, three dining areas, full athletic facilities, and multiple barns to boot. And unlike most high schools, you can also get a haircut from aspiring barbers, get your car fixed by aspiring mechanics, and eat restaurant-quality food cooked by our next generation of chefs, all at a fraction of retail costs (I’m looking forward to the $8 lobster rolls, but apparently the restaurant is so popular you need a reservation!).
As the largest technical school in Massachusetts, Essex Tech draws some of the top students from communities across the commonwealth. In fact, there are over 1,000 applicants for each class of 360. So it should be no surprise that over 99% of graduates go to college or immediate job placement.
Essex Tech is also extremely engaged with local employers. Feedback from companies across the area led Essex Tech to add four new programs in plumbing, HVAC, dental assisting, and biotech, which will help the 92 biotech companies headquartered between here and Boston hire the employees they need and remain in the district.
Schools like Essex Tech are critical investments in our future, and I will do all I can as your Congressman to support increased technical education in our district. The new Essex Tech campus will open to students in September, on time and on budget. I look forward to seeing you there. Go Hawks!