Updated 3:00 PM ET, May 25, 2018
GNB Voc-Tech has been recognized by the South Coast Chamber of Commerce as one of four recipients of their 2018 Apex Award. Superintendent O’Brien accepted the award at the Chamber’s recent awards event on May 23rd. The South Coast Chamber of Commerce recognizes businesses and organizations each year for their contributions to the South Coast community and for fostering workforce development. Awards are presented in four categories: Large Business, Small Business, Non-Profit, and Educational Institutions. A committee comprised of members of the Chamber and high ranking officials who belong to partnering companies and organizations review each completed application, select finalists, and determine the award winners.
GNB Voc-Tech was recognized for our Core Values, Preparation, Passion, and Perseverance and for providing a unique high school education that blends academic instruction with career and technical education in 30 career and technical fields. Our students’ daily attendance rate of 97% and yearly graduation rates of approximately 90% as well as recent improvements with our MCAS results in Mathematics and the performance of our English Language Learners (ELL) students are factors that supported our candidacy. In addition, Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech was recognized for providing our students with real-world work experience in their field of study at approximately 90 different area companies, agencies, and organizations each year as part of internship or cooperative education placements. Our school was also recognized for the expansion of our Adult Education program that offers more than 80 courses to approximately 1,500 area residents who leave the program with additional skills, greater competency, new and renewed interests each year. Our Offsite Construction program that engages approximately 300 students in our building trades who apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of community building and remodeling projects was also cited as a contributing factor for this award.
The academic preparation and the career and technical skills that our students acquire at GNB Voc-Tech give them a competitive advantage as they prepare for life after high school. It is through the efforts and the unwavering commitment of our school committee, faculty, administrators, and staff as well as our students and their families that contribute to our success and have made this award possible. We are proud to be a recipient of the South Coast Chamber of Commerce 2018 Apex Award.