About Us

Students at GNB Voc-Tech experience an education which blends academic instruction with career and technical education. They can choose from more than two dozen career majors.

Through this course of study, students wishing to pursue a higher education are able to meet all of the academic requirements necessary for them to be admitted into state colleges
and universities as well as most private colleges. Additionally, the vocational skills that they acquire give them a competitive advantage when entering the workforce.

Many of the school's graduates go on to become leaders in business and industry or in civic and political life in the region. In a typical class, 60-70% of its graduates choose to continue
their education, either at colleges or advanced technical schools. Another 30-35% enter the workforce and approximately 2% enter the armed services.


Mission Statement

Our mission at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is to provide education that is rigorous, relevant, and meaningful to each student in a safe and supportive environment, resulting in academic, career, and technical excellence. This experience encourages lifelong learning, fosters mutual respect, and instills social responsibility, respect for diversity, and responsible citizenship.

Equity and Diversity Statement

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School fosters an inclusive environment that values the diversity of our community and respects individual differences. All are embraced, celebrated, and treated equitably. We aim to foster a dialogue conducive to learning, acceptance, and cultural competency. In support of the school mission, we welcome diversity and strive to create an environment that embraces all members of the community. GNB Voc-Tech works to implement its equity and diversity mission through discussion, education, and promotion of an environment that is conducive to scholarship and learning and respectful of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.


 School Committee:

An eight-member School Committee sets policy for the district. Four of its members are appointed by the Mayor of New Bedford. Two each are appointed by the Town of Dartmouth and the Town of Fairhaven.

Drew Tillett, Fairhaven
Randall C. Durrigan, Fairhaven
Michael Shea, Dartmouth
John P. Montigny, Dartmouth
Joaquim Nobrega, New Bedford
Rita M. Ribeiro, New Bedford
Frederick J. Toomey, New Bedford
Atty. Patrick Walsh, New Bedford


 School Administration:

James L. O'Brien - Superintendent-Director
Paul Kitchen - School Business Administrator
Robert Watt - Vocational Principal
Michael Watson - Academic Principal

Accreditations and Associations:

GNB Voc-Tech is an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the regional accrediting body for secondary schools in New England. Its faculty members are licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


Reviews by Outside Agencies:

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is periodically evaluated by outside agencies, including the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), among others. During the 2008-2009 school years, NEASC conducted a comprehensive inspection of the school, done once every ten years, and DESE conducted a Coordinated Program Review, done once every six years. When final reports are issued by the reviewing agencies, copies will be available for inspection by contacting the Office of the Superintendent-Director.


 Sending Schools

GNB Voc-Tech accepts public and private school students who live in New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven. Following is a partial list of the schools and school districts which regularly send students to GNB Voc-Tech:


History

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public, four-year vocational technical high school for young men and women. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students, GNB Voc-Tech is one of the largest vocational-technical high schools in Massachusetts. It serves the communities of New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

The school's roots date back nearly a century, to the creation of the New Bedford Independent Industrial School in 1908. When it opened in 1909, the school served only 59 students, all from New Bedford. Over the years, the school built a reputation for excellence by providing quality vocational and academic programs. In 1918, its name was changed to New Bedford Vocational School. In 1946, it became New Bedford Vocational High School. In 1955, it became the first vocational high school to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 1972, voters in New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven approved the establishment of a regional vocational school district and construction of a regional vocational school. In 1977, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School was opened.

Today, the school sits on a beautiful 48-acre campus in the North End of New Bedford, Massachusetts.

A $22 million addition and renovation project was completed in the fall of 2004. The project added new labs and classrooms and expanded the facilities for several career and technical programs, including Early Childhood Education and Teaching, Culinary Arts, Automotive Technology, Diesel Service Technology, and Plumbing and Pipe Fitting.

Directions

From The North:
  1. 495 South to 24 South (Fall River-New Bedford exit) OR 128 South to 24 South (Fall River-New Bedford Exit 4).
  2. Continue to Rt. 140 (New Bedford-Taunton Exit 12).
  3. Bear right toward New Bedford.
  4. Continue on 140.
  5. Take exit 6 (Acushnet Avenue Exit).
  6. Continue to the second traffic light.
  7. Bear right at the junction.
  8. GNB Voc-Tech is on the right, across from Pine Gove cemetery on Ashley Boulevard.

From The East:
  1. 195W to Rt. 140 North (Exit 13-B).
  2. Continue to Exit 4 King's Highway.
  3. Proceed to third traffic light.
  4. Left at third light (Ashley Boulevard).
  5. GNB Voc-Tech is about 1/2 mile on the left across from a cemetery.

From The West:
  1. 195E to Rt. 140 North (Exit 13-B).
  2. Continue to Exit 4 King's Highway.
  3. Proceed to third traffic light.
  4. Left at third light (Ashley Boulevard).
  5. GNB Voc-Tech is about 1/2 mile on the left across from a cemetery.

For more help finding our school you can set up the location you are traveling from using Google Maps

Outside Organizations

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators
Massachusetts Vocational Association
Association for Career and Technical Education
Business Professionals of America
National Association of Secondary School Principals
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators' Association
Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
National Honor Society
Massachusetts SkillsUSA
SkillsUSA
Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools