The McCann Technical School class of 2017 was encouraged to live in the moment and to be brave in the face of failure.
School Committee Chairman Thomas Mahar said he'd had a hard time thinking of what advice to give the school's 55th graduating class that hadn't been said before.
Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.
Scholarships, tools, recertification programs.
Those are some of the ideas being taken up for a $15,000 grant made to McCann Technical School's machine technology program by the Gene Haas Foundation.
This is the second Haas grant to a local school; last week, Taconic High School's manufacturing program received $10,000 toward scholarships.
Administration, teachers and parents attended a special presentation in the McCann library to acknowledge the success of the juniors and seniors who after scoring highly on the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, or "MACWIC," exam, received a certification proving that they are ready for the workforce.
The Selectmen and Finance Committee heard from both Adams-Cheshire Regional School District and McCann Technical School on their fiscal 2108 spending plans and aired concerns about both budgets.
Wednesday was the third of four joint budget hearings held at the Adams Visitors Center. The two regional school budgets make 39 percent of the town's proposed $15.5 million the fiscal 2018 budget.
The McCann Technical School budget for fiscal 2018 is up 2.7 percent over this year, largely reflecting increasing fixed costs and level state funding.
The school's budget is up about $250,000, from $9.09 million to $9,340,159, and includes $88,000 in cuts. Some $3.7 million of the spending plan will be covered by assessments to its nine districts for operations, transportation and capital projects. The total assessments are up less than one percent.
William Kipp had just entered his freshman year at McCann Tech when he sent the principal and superintendent an e-mail, introducing himself, outlining his plan for after graduation, and asking for their help to prepare him.
"We knew right from the get-go that this was a student with ambition, with drive, with focus, and he's coming in with a gameplan. We don't get many e-mails like that or any e-mails like that from freshmen. That was a good way to set the tone. We knew we had someone special
It was very much a passing of the torch — or really the lamp — on Wednesday as most of the newly graduated licensed practical nurses were pinned by colleagues and friends, parents and siblings.
The ceremonies in the McCann gymnasium ended with bouquets, applause and bows as the graduates greeted their families.
McCann Technical School Principal Justin Kratz told the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District School Committee on Thursday that McCann students have continued to score highly on the MCAS.
"This is really the same thing I have said the past couple of years. We continue to do very well on the MCAS," he said.
McCann Technical School students are giving Town Hall a facelift using donated funds.
With tighter budgets through the years, Town Administrator Carl McKinney said it has been hard to keep up with the aging and deteriorating building that was constructed in the 1930s as the Briggsville School.
A 2011 McCann Technical School graduate and North Adams, Mass., native is serving in the Navy as part of a crew working aboard one of the world's most advanced ballistic missile submarines, the USS Henry M. Jackson.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeffrey Strange is a missile technician serving aboard the Bangor-based boat, one of 14 Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines.
McCann Technical School administrators are preparing for the upcoming school year and welcoming a small uptick in incoming freshmen.
Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday that 144 eighth-graders have shown an interest in going to McCann.
The 27 women in McCann Technical School's postsecondary program knew what they wanted when they started in September. And they're ready to get to work — right now.
Hailey Burke of Cheshire received her diploma and pin in dental assisting on Monday night and will be in Pittsfield on Tuesday working in the office of Dr. Natalya Yantovsky.
The McCann School Committee accepted the school improvement plan for next year designed to beef up honors courses, integrate new software and focus on behavior.
Principal Justin Kratz presented the four school improvement goals Thursday that the School Council, a group made of students and teachers, decided to focus on for the upcoming school year.
McCann Technical School sent 119 graduates out into the world on Wednesday night. And asked them to consider coming back.
"You're really an impressive group of young people and you're all capable of accomplishing a lot," said Principal Justin Kratz, speaking the class of 2016 in the crowded Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "This group is off to do amazing things."
McCann Principal Justin Kratz said Dorwin is one of only four Massachusetts students to be named a Presidential Scholar this year, one of only 160 nationwide and only the third student in Berkshire County ever to receive the honor (according to the "unofficial official record-keeping" of local history buffs at McCann).
McCann Technical School celebrated some of its outstanding students on Thursday night, including its oldest: 86-year-old James R. Gazzaniga Sr.
The longtime School Committee member was presented with a special diploma to recognize his 36 years of service, as well as a proclamation from the state House of Representatives, a plaque from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and, perhaps more pointedly, a SkillsUSA medal and T-shirt from the students.
McCann Technical School will receive $10,000 in repairs to its small roof-mounted solar array with a net-metering contract that will cut electricity costs.
The McCann School Committee voted Wednesday to enter into a 25-year solar net metering contract that should cut electricity costs by 25 percent.