MTTI COVID-19 Information & Resources
April 30, 2020
We continue to be very impressed with both our students and staff as we witness the transition to operating on a distance learning platform. We are doing our best to stay in communication with you all and give updates as new information comes in.
Based on the guidelines of the state of MA and RI we will be working with all instructors on a plan to bring students back in to the school for small group skills training. Those dates will be based on the directives of the state we are operating in and also based on schedules developed to keep groups within the guidelines provided by the Department of Health and social distancing practices.
Currently RI’s stay at home order expires May 8th and Phase I of the Governor’s plan would allow students to return that Monday ( May 11th) in numbers not to exceed gatherings of ten. The delivery of skills training onsite would require safe distancing and compliance with all of the CDC regulations.
MA currently has extended the closure of non-essential businesses until May 18th. The State of MA has created an advisory board to come up with recommendations of how a phased reopening can take place. We anticipate MA will follow a similar phase in to RI.
While dates are always subject to change, we are hopeful that we are close to getting students back in to continue the skills training that is so important for the success of every student. We will continue to meet with all programs to design an approach that is best for each individual class.
In the meantime, keep up the good work and reach out to Ali Thompson or Jen Morin if you need any support. We are all here to help each other.
Ward and Sharon Ring
April 21, 2020
To the MTTI Community,
We want to thank all of our hard working students and staff who have transitioned to this new way of learning and have been really making the most of it. With that said, I know everyone is looking forward to getting back into the shops and labs & we want that, too. As we mentioned early on in this process, we be will extending all programs that need to in order to make sure you receive the hands-on learning you came to MTTI for. We have been holding regular meetings with your instructors to check-in with how your classes are doing with the remote learning and also identifying how much time we will need to add on for the skills missed during this process.
Today the governor of Massachusetts made the announcement to close all public and private schools for the remainder of the school year. This announcement does not pertain to our sector. We are waiting to receive the guidelines from the state of when and how we can transition our school back to being on campus. Once we receive those guidelines we will be working diligently with your instructors to make that happen. In the meantime, the valuable information you are learning in your remote sessions is vital for your success both in the program and in your career. Please continue to communicate any issues / questions with your instructors and continue your hard work. We are so proud of our MTTI community during this difficult time.
Director of Education
March 30, 2020
To Our MTTI Family,
As things related to COVID-19 are ever-changing, our goal is to remain in communication with you all. We would like to start out by saying how proud we are of everyone in the MTTI community. You have all taken this challenge of distance learning/working in stride and have come together to make the best of a difficult situation. We know that many of you are worried about your family and friends and worried about your education, internships and future employment.
We want you to know that we are with you every step of the way. We will do everything possible to support you in this difficult time and we will make sure that you receive the quality education you came to MTTI for. We are working with every program individually to design the best plan possible. We hope to keep graduation schedules the same, but we want you to know that we will extend classes, if it is needed, to provide the skills training you need to feel confident entering the field.
On a positive note, we are all learning so many new skills utilizing the online platforms that MTTI has invested in because of this change. The technical skills that you are learning to function remotely will certainly help you in the future.
We are so impressed with our faculty, staff and students in the way that you all stepped up and dealt with a dramatic change to the delivery of your education and work. You are amazing and we are so thankful that we have such a wonderful staff and student body! We have been so impressed how you have all helped each other in so many ways to make this transition easier.
You have probably seen Jen Morin, Ali Thompson, Eddie Ring or Sharon Ring as guests in your webinars. We are participating to provide oversight and guidance to the programs and to provide support wherever needed. We have been so impressed with what we have witnessed, from different methods of teaching to the overwhelming engagement from students.
We are all subject to the mandates of the federal and state governments and need to take this one day at a time. At this point, we are still following Governor Baker’s and the MA Division of Professional Licensure’s directive to close businesses to promote social distancing until April 7th. However, Governor Baker is stating they think the surge is coming in Massachusetts in the next 2-3 weeks so we don’t anticipate he will be allowing businesses and schools to lighten the restrictions during that time. We will continue to update you on a regular basis to share with you all that we know as we move through this together. We will be making decisions on future start dates as more information becomes available.
We will probably never experience something like this in our lives again, where our whole world just slows down. As difficult as it is, try to think about some of the positive aspects of being able to be with your family and be able to step back from the busy life schedule we all have. If any of you need to talk or are feeling upset, please reach out to Ali Thompson at email@example.com.
We are all here for each other and before you know it we will be back at school and back to normal life. Thank you to all of you for your patience, kindness and perseverance.
Ward and Sharon Ring
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