MTTI Grads Share Success Stories with MA Officials: How Career & Technical Training Changed Lives
Clinton Dick, Executive Director, Office of Private Occupational School Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, accompanied by Seekonk, Massachusetts, Representative Steven Howitt, met with graduates who visited MTTI on their way home from work.
The Executive Director and Representative listened intently to stories of 26 people, who graduated as far back as 1993 through 2015—all of whom are currently working in training-related positions.
Every graduate had a uniquely personal and important story to share. All the stories have in common a central theme. Whether someone holds a Master’s Degree (as one graduates does) or recently graduated from High School, MTTI graduates benefited from the opportunity to attend a seven-month, highly focused and hands-on training program that includes employment assistance. They have “graduated” from being out of work, or having “just a job”, to pursuing career paths that have a bright future.
For example, Alumnus Patrick Peck, a Marine Service Technician graduate of 20+ years, continues working in his industry of choice; Pat is the Yard Manager for Brewer Cove Haven Marina in Barrington, RI. Pat currently supervises MTTI interns and new hires at the Marina. He also gives back by serving on MTTI’s Program Advisory Committee.
Shawn Barbosa is a recent graduate. While earning top grades as an HVAC/R Technician student, Shawn walked miles at night from his job to his home in Pawtucket, until he could afford to buy a car. His dedication paid off—he was hired as an HVAC/R Technician at the end of his internship with Environmental Systems, Inc. in Attleboro.
Jeremy Crisman, a 2008 graduate of the Building & Property Trades program, was first employed as a carpenter. He is currently a licensed Rhode Island contractor, and the owner of Crisman Construction.
Beth Maiato, displaced after the retail store she had run for 13 years went out of business, shared that “As a homeowner with two children, I was devastated; Customer Service was all I knew.” Beth is now working as a Medical Assistant at Southcoast Pediatrics in Massachusetts.
Alyssa Linkamper, United States Air Force Veteran, works as a Marine Mechanical Technician for Onset Bay Marina in Buzzards Bay. Alyssa was selected as the 2015 Outstanding Graduate by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), which establishes quality educational standards for over 800 accredited member schools. She said, “As a single mom and career changer I wanted to be sure I would have a paycheck at the end of the program. MTTI really does set you up to be successful and to have a career.”
Morgan Maples, a graduate of the Medical Assistant program, could not find work related to her degree in paralegal studies. Working now as a Medical Assistant at Truesdale Internal Medicine in Fall River, Morgan states: “MTTI helped me find a career I love and can be proud of.”
Executive Director Dick and Representative Howitt asked probing questions about what each industry pays its entry-level workers, and how it compares with the loans graduates incurred.
Graduates were candid in replying. One person stated she has $40,000 in loans—not from MTTI, but from a college she attended, and from which she did not complete a degree. When she enrolled at MTTI, she was working in supermarkets and restaurants. After completing the Medical Billing & Coding/Office Administration program in 2015, she is performing Medical Coding and Administrative Support for a company that provides Revenue Cycle Expertise for Community Health Centers.
MTTI Instructors, Staff and Administrators welcomed the opportunity to visit with former students, and to hear about their career success.
We recognize that, beyond what we can teach in the classrooms, shops and labs, it is their motivation and willingness to work hard that makes graduates successful! Thank you to the graduates and employers who attended this meeting (click to see the list).
MTTI is licensed by the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure, Office of Private Occupational School Education, which regulates non-degree granting vocational training courses and programs within the Commonwealth. Clinton Dick was appointed Executive Director in 2013.
Representative Steven S. Howitt has given over thirty years of public service to the community and to the Commonwealth.