He said there is a big demand from companies for students skilled in metal fabrication and bio-technology. The school stopped its machine shop program but will reinstate it in September after companies have been looking for people with training in that field.
Members of the group also toured the Wetherbee School — an Acceleration Academy; Gem Group at 9 International Way and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. The day ended at Lawrence Community Works with a discussion between LCW staff and Lawrence Public School’s Family Engagement Director on strategies targeting parents and changes in school policy and practices.
Prabal Chakrabarti, vice president, Community Development, Regional and Community Outreach for the Boston Reserve Bank was impressed by those attending the meeting.
“What the jury found in your proposal wasn’t just a collection of programs, but a look at how to improve the system,” Chakrabarti said.
“What is so exciting is that you have all the ingredients to make it happen, you’re making that commitment, getting involved and with your involvement, this is going to succeed,” Chakrabarti said.