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Valley Tech Announces 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Open House

Sep 30, 2014 08:14AM ● By Pamela Johnson

Charles River Bank President/CEO Jack Hamilton, CRB Asst. VP/Mendon Branch Officer Ann Gonyea and BVT Supt./Director Michael Fitzpatrick with the bank's $1000 donation to the school.

In honor of 50 years of public support for vocational technical education, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School has announced plans for two very special 50th anniversary events.

“Valley Tech’s remarkable success is the fulfillment of a dream and a blueprint created some five decades ago by our founders,” said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick. “All thirteen of our municipal partners are invited to share in this celebration.”

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the culmination of Valley Tech’s 50th anniversary festivities will be combined with annual homecoming events for a full-day of celebrations. While the Beavers compete on athletic fields and courts, Valley Tech’s doors will be open to the public for a special 50th anniversary Open House sponsored by Unibank. From 11 am to 2 p.m., everyone in the Blackstone Valley is invited to take a close look at their vocational technical system. Student ambassadors will conduct tours of BVT’s facilities, including visits to each of its 18 vocational programs. Live student-demonstrations will show local stakeholders the valuable skills acquired every day at Blackstone Valley Tech. Fifty years’ worth of career training technology and memorabilia will be on display to provide perspective on the many changes that have occurred in the world of work since 1964.

Later that evening, Valley Tech invites everyone age 21 and older to put on their dancing shoes and return to the Upton campus for a 50th anniversary gala. Sponsored by Balfour, the evening gala will bring together Valley Tech alumni, staff, family and friends for a night of music, dancing, and a toast to the next half-century at BVT. Tickets cost $25 per person and proceeds will benefit the enhancement of educational opportunities at Blackstone Valley Tech. Ticket price includes beer and wine, hors d’oeuvres, candy buffet, digital copy of a red carpet photo, commemorative stemless wine glass, 50th anniversary memorabilia, and more.

The 50th anniversary gala will take place from 7 to 11 pm. Attendees must be age 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or by contacting Diana Pedersen via email at [email protected] or by phone at 508-529-7758, ext. 3033.
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of vigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills.






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