Project Explore, an After School Program for Students in 7th Grade: Another Great Thing About Shawsheen Tech

Submitted by Deborah Kostas

Shawsheen Tech signDid you know that seventh grade students of the John Glenn Middle School are offered a sneak peak of what it is like to be a student at Shawsheen Tech?

Project Explore is a fabulous opportunity to experience the life of a Shawsheen Tech student. Project Explore is an after school program offered to middle school students in the five districts Shawsheen serves: Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Wilmington, and Tewksbury. For the Town of Bedford, this program is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during the month of March.

Transportation is provided from the John Glenn Middle School to Shawsheen Tech. Seventh graders are bussed directly from JGMS to Shawsheen Tech. They will arrive for 2 p.m. and are provided with a snack.  When the program has ended, the school bus will leave Shawsheen Tech at 4:45 p.m. and will return the students to a bus stop nearby their homes in Bedford.

The students will have the opportunity to sample eight out of twelve different vocational shops over a four week period.  A vast array of trades are offered that are sure to peak everyone’s interest: bakery, business technology, carpentry, computer and internet, cosmetology, culinary, dental assisting, electronics, health and medical assisting, machine shop, metal fabrication and welding, and masonry. A predetermined schedule is set, and kids are broken up into random groups.

Not only are the shop teachers knowledgeable and engaging, but also some Shawsheen junior and senior students stay on after school in each shop and volunteer their time. One of the things John Morrison, Coordinator of Project Explore, is most excited about is the fact that upper classmen assist with teaching their trades. They are allowed to highlight their craft while devoting their time for others. It is a win/win.

Forms have been mailed to all Bedford residents who have a child in seventh grade. If you are interested, please fill out the form and send it in to Maureen McDermott in the JGMS Guidance Office. This program fills up quickly, so sign up today. Students are expected to be on their best behavior and comply with the safety rules provided. Also students should only sign up if they do not have any other conflicts and are able to commit to the full four week program.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. John Morrison at Shawsheen Tech at 978-671-3608 or jmorrison@shawsheen.tec.ma.us

Editor’s Note: Deborah Kostas and Glenn McIntyre are Bedford’s representatives to the Shawsheen Tech School Committee


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