Massasoit Community College welcomed Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito on Friday, April 13 for a ribbon cutting of the college’s new state-of-the art engineering lab on the Canton campus. While on campus, the Lt. Governor also toured the clinical instruction space that supports the school’s veterinary technology degree program. Both instructional sites were funded in part by generous Capital Skills Workforce Grant funds from the Baker-Polito administration. The engineering lab received $496,00 in March of 2017; the vet tech lab received $442,517 in September of 2016.

“I am proud of the work the students and faculty have been doing here at Massasoit Community College,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The Workforce Skills Capital Grant program is an initiative designed to assist educational institutions like Massasoit that are training our workforce and the students who stand to benefit from enhanced skills and career paths.”

The engineering lab, which supports the college’s four transfer tracks in civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering, features five tensile testers, impact and hardness testers, a muffle furnace for heat treatment of materials, polisher and grinder units, and two metrological microscopes. The college is developing a range of articulation agreements at four-year institutions that will allow students to transfer seamlessly to a bachelor’s degree program.

“At Massasoit, we are preparing all of our students for great things. Our engineering and vet tech programs are arming our students with the education and skills necessary to take their next steps and be successful in their careers,” said Massasoit Community College Interim President William Mitchell. “As an institution, we are grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for their support.”

The vet tech facilities at Massasoit include clinical instruction space, a surgical suite, a digital radiology room, and cats and dogs housed on campus, enabling hands-on training of students in all aspects of practical veterinary technician skills, including surgical prep and assistance, imaging, examinations, and animal care. The vet tech program at Massasoit graduated its first class in 2017; 100% of program graduates were employed in their field within six months of graduation.

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