Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tri-County in the News: working with NASA, receives state grant, schedules home buying boot camp

Tri-County is featured prominently in three articles with today's edition of the Milford Daily News

Space travel is fraught with complications that one normally wouldn't consider - components are damaged in the violent shaking of a space launch, astronauts are exposed to additional radiation, parts break with their replacements stuck back on Earth. 
A group of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School students is working to help NASA solve these problems. For the past five years, the school has been part of the "High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware" - or HUNCH - initiative. 
Tri-County engineering technology teacher Kristen Magas said the school learned about the program through one of its instructors, who knew someone with MIT's Space Systems Laboratory. The school was initially associated with the "extreme science" portion of the initiative, in which students designed science experiments to take place in zero gravity.

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image from Tri-County webpage
image from Tri-County webpage

“Today, too many good-paying jobs are going unfilled, because employers are struggling to find skilled employees,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a prepared statement. “This investment in training equipment will enable high schools and community colleges across the Commonwealth to equip students with the skills they need to secure a bright future.” 
Another grant recipient, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School in Franklin, will receive $242,627 to train students in three-dimensional printing and robotics. The school will also expand adult manufacturing programs through a partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology, according to the state’s announcements.

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Michael Shain, senior loan originator with Village Mortgage in Milford, will present a “Home Buying Boot Camp” in conjunction with the Tri-County Adult Education Program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 8 at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, 147 Pond St. 
Attendees will learn about the mortgage process so they can get a better understanding of how a loan is approved. Additionally, they will learn about the roles the Realtor, lender, attorney and home inspector play in the home buying process. Shain will also discuss the importance of credit. 
The cost is a $29 per person; $40 for two people, which will benefit Tri-County Adult Education Programs. To reserve a seat, register by calling 508-528-5400, ext. 126 or visit tri-county.tc. Click on the “Adult Education” link; select “Spring Registration”; and scroll to "Personal Finance."

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