Whittier educates students from 11 area cities and towns, offering skill and specialized training in 19 fields. One can graduate with a high school diploma and an industry certificate. There are 120 highly qualified teachers who can instruct in health care, electronics, robotics, carpentry, cosmetology, electrical, CAD drafting, culinary arts, etc. Students gain the necessary knowledge to pass any English, math and science MCAS tests required for a diploma. Students can earn college credits and receive valuable job experience by qualifying for paid co-op jobs as early as their junior year.
“Working on Your Future” is an outstanding motto for this remarkable school. The students participate in the Santa Parade every year with an innovative float. They win a prize every year. I saw this year’s float, and it will surpass past years, I am sure.
In their library above the books and one next to another are wonderful murals of various shapes of colors completed by the art students. The Drama Club is performing “High School Musical 2” on March 15-17. The first tryouts were held on the day I had my tour, Nov. 14.
In sports programs, all students are given an opportunity to participate. Vocational education may be more expensive what with the technology, machinery, computers, etc., which cost more than textbooks; however, the job opportunities upon graduation, especially in our current job market, are well worth it.
Whittier, “a must-see” for all students getting ready for high school as a viable, workable and highly rewarding choice/option.
Sara-Anne Eames lives in Newburyport.