BHR Continuing Education Fall 2014 Catalog


Dear Continuing Education enthusiasts,

It is my pleasure to open the lines for enrollment in our Fall course selection here at Blue Hills Regional VoTech. We are looking forward to another great season! We have added some new exciting courses in the automotive, culinary and medical fields. There will be an EMT training course coming in the fall, just waiting on the State’s approval. Any changes and you will receive an update from me. For now, please just click on this link to see all of our courses. Feel free to forward it, Tweet it, like it, and add it to your Facebook. The more exposure, the better. There have been a ton of inquiries so don’t put off until tomorrow what you should do today (sign up). If you would rather send in a check or come to me with cash there is a link on the site for a mail-in registration form as well. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL. We are currently working with the VA to make many of these courses GI Bill compliant. I will pass along the good news when we get authorization. If there are any courses you would like but do not see please send me an e-mail and I will add it to my list.
Thank you,

Dwight Seaman

Continuing Education Coordinator
Blue Hills Regional Technical School
800 Randolph Street
CantonMA  02021
fax:       781.828.0794
cell:    339-237-8316

Blue Hills Cont Ed Brochure Fall 14 rev 7.9.14  Click here to see our exciting offerings for Fall!!

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Blue Hills Continuing Education Mail in Registration  click here for form

Our Fall 2014 courses include but are not limited to the following - 

  • Automotive Refinishing
  • HVAC
  • Basic Electronics
  • Meet Microsoft Office
  • Spanish
  • Cosmetology 1,000 hrs
  • Introduction to Social Media
  • College Admissions
  • EKG Technician
  • How to Get Out of Debt
  • Culinary Fundamentals for Job Readiness
  • ServSafe Food Safety Management Preparation 
  • First Aid

Whether you are looking for personal enrichment, career enhancement, learning a new trade, or just having some fun, Blue Hills Regional’s Continuing Education programs are for you.  We have a wide variety of outstanding courses that appeal to many age levels, budgets,  and interests.

Refunds and withdrawals: Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel any class due to low enrollment. A full class refund will be issued if you withdraw from a class two weeks  - (14) fourteen calendar days – prior to the class start date. Our instructors are confirmed two weeks prior to the start of the class. Even if you withdraw, the instructors must be paid, therefore 2 weeks is the cut-off date to withdraw. Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel the class right up to the night before it starts due to low enrollment. Please call the Continuing Education office to withdraw from a class. You may leave a message on our voice mail (781-828-5800 x228). You can also e-mail . If you have paid by credit card you are subject to a 6% surcharge and any other cost associated with the credit card refund charges to the Continuing Education Department.

Please take a moment to review the catalog and make your selections for Fall 2014.

We look forward to seeing you!


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BHR Practical Nursing Program Holds 25th Annual Commencement

The Blue Hills Regional Practical Nursing Program Class of 2014 waits for Commencement to begin on June 25, 2014.  Photo by Judy Bass.

By Judy Bass

The Postgraduate Practical Nursing Program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton held its 25th Annual Commencement at the school on Wednesday, June 25 for the following 36 students in the Class of 2014:

Tosin Adebanjo, Norwell; Stephanie Baker, Whitman; Allison Beale, Whitman; Joecilena Brandao, Brockton; Lauren Burke, Braintree; Lisa Cirignano, Braintree; Ana DaRosa, Brockton; Sheila Derolus, Holbrook; Izabela Duggan, North Providence; Erin Ekbom, Plymouth; Jorge Enriquez-Diaz, Brockton; Jean Lucien Fontaine, Brockton; M. Christine Gagnon, Stoughton; Diana Hernandez, Quincy; Caraley Joseph, Brockton; Joyce LaJeunesse, Canton; Faurie Lamousnery, North Attleboro; Terri Mahoney, Braintree; Gabrielle Mancuso, Norwood; Stephanie Manikas, Rockland; Cara Marquardt (Hulse), Halifax; Robert McPhilemy, Canton; Eva Ngotho, Taunton; Janelle Noonan, Brockton; Caroline Onuegbu, Stoughton; Donna Pinciaro, Norwood; Katja Pione, Weymouth; R. Michael Riendeau, Dorchester; Aija Robinson, Braintree; Jean Rogene, Brockton; Frederick Rohrer, Rockland; Kristen Schurman, Foxboro; Michael Sullivan, Attleboro; Ashley Taylor, Brockton; Patrick Whittaker, Milton; Jordan Wilkes, East Taunton.

The Master of Ceremonies was Ms. Anne Marie Fortin, RN, Chairperson of the Practical Nursing Program.  The presentation of pins to the graduates was done by Practical Nursing faculty members Ms. Marie DiBlasi, RN, Ms. Nancy Finnell, RN, Ms. Catherine Mohan, RN, Ms. Paula Haddad, RN, Ms. Betty Tangney, RN, Ms. Ruth Murphy, RN, and Ms. Paula Winskowicz, RN.

Mr. Aidan G. Maguire, Jr. of Canton, Chairman of the Blue Hills Regional District School Committee, said in his opening remarks that “Few callings are as important as caring for your fellow human beings when they are sick or injured.  Your new profession requires many virtues – patience, compassion, sound judgment, wisdom, and physical and emotional stamina.   You made it to this point because you have all of those qualities, plus the strong desire to make your dream of being a practical nurse come true.”

The keynote speaker was Ms. Brenda Smith-Burke, RN, formerly an instructor in the program.  She told the graduates, “This is your night.  You’ve earned it and worked for it.  Tonight is an ending and tomorrow is a new beginning.”

Also present was Ms. Marybeth Joyce, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, who assisted Mr. Maguire with presenting certificates of proficiency to the 36 graduates of the Practical Nursing Program.

There were several awards for outstanding achievement given out to the following individuals:

The WILFRID J. SAVOIE GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD For best exemplifying those characteristics sought in the Practical Nurse, notably clinical excellence, scholarship and a deep commitment to nursing, presented to Ana DaRosa and Kristen Schurman

The CLINICAL EXCELLENCE AWARD For best exemplifying those characteristics sought in the Practical Nurse, notably clinical excellence and a deep commitment to nursing, presented to Joecilena Brandao, Erin Ekbom, and Donna Pinciaro

ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Recognized and honored for her determination to succeed and her exceptional growth in the role of the Student Practical Nurse, presented to Ashley Taylor

MOTIVATION AWARD For continued perseverance and professional growth in her role as a student nurse,presented to Mary Gagnon

MAUREEN MCCANN NIGHTINGALE AWARD For demonstrating a high level of motivation and perseverance as a student practical nurse.  Recognized and honored for an uncommon determination to succeed and the ability to uphold professional standards, thereby demonstrating a deep commitment to nursing, presented to Sheila Derolus

LEADERSHIP AWARD For demonstrating the ability to motivate and inspire others through his leadership qualities of honesty, respect, responsibility and commitment to others, presented to R. Michael Riendeau

FACULTY AWARD Dedicated to a student for outstanding commitment, motivation and positive attitude in the role of Practical Nurse in both the academic and clinical areas, presented to Robert McPhilemy

The Postsecondary Practical Nursing Program at Blue Hills Regional Technical School is offered to adults on a full-time basis for 40 weeks from September to June, Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Clinical hours may vary to accommodate clinical agency availability. The Practical Nursing Program offers a rigorous educational experience of theory and clinical practice which prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing) through the State Board of Registration in Nursing.  For more information, please visit and go to the Practical Nursing tab on the home page, or call 781-828-5800 x231.





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Summer School 2014 flyer

New Summer School 2014 Information  click here for information

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Sign up to be on our mailing list for the Chateau restaurant…get daily menus, plus news of special events and closings

Send an email to Culinary Arts teacher Richard Spada at or to get daily menus and news of special events and closings.

Be in the know about the best restaurant in Canton that you may not have tried yet!

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2013 Aspen portal letter – IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ

Updated X2 Parent Online progress report and report card letter and instructions (PDF)    click here for document

Blue Hills Regional Technical School provides access to student records through the X2 Aspen Student Portal.  The portal allows parents and guardians to log in 24/7 from anywhere with Internet access and see current information about their child’s grades, attendance, schedules and contact information.


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Curry College Professor Michelle McMahon, a Blue Hills Grad, Prepares the Next Generation of Nurses

Michelle McMahon (Photo courtesy of Michelle McMahon).

By Judy Bass

No one could be a more eloquent and persuasive ambassador for the high school-level Health Assisting and Adult Postgraduate Practical Nursing programs at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton than Michelle McMahon, who had a rewarding and fruitful connection with the school spanning nearly two decades.

Today, 27 years after she graduated from Blue Hills, where she studied what was then called Health Services, McMahon still lauds the school for “exposing her to excellent professional role models,” helping her develop a strong professional work ethic that has brought her to the pinnacle of her field, encouraging her to see the connection between what she learned in the classroom and real-life applications of that knowledge, and giving her valuable hands-on job experience while she was a high school student.

McMahon, 45, graduated from Blue Hills in 1986.  Years later, she went back to teach in what is currently called Health Assisting and eventually became a teacher in the Practical Nursing program.

Now an associate professor of nursing at Curry College in Milton, just a stone’s throw down Route 138 from Blue Hills, McMahon is having an exceptional career as a nurse and teacher, combining both pursuits seamlessly along with further education for herself to achieve those worthwhile aims.

McMahon, a Holbrook native and resident who is married with two children, said recently that she wanted to be a nurse since childhood, when her father was hospitalized and she had a chance to observe dedicated nurses performing their duties.  From then on, her goal, she said, was to blend what she believed to be the best of both career worlds – nursing and teaching.

Asked if Blue Hills prepared her adequately for the rigors of nursing, McMahon replied emphatically, “Absolutely, without a doubt.” 

Not only did the school give her useful exposure to what she would eventually be learning in more depth in college, but she was also able to get basic knowledge under her belt in areas like child development, medical office training, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology.  In addition, McMahon got on-the-job experience in her senior year through a co-op position at a local nursing home, where she was a full-time certified nursing assistant every other week.

She doesn’t only credit Blue Hills with teaching her the key concepts and techniques of nursing.  She noted that she was expected to behave in a mature and responsible way, as were all the other students.  That work ethic and poised demeanor have been significant pluses to her throughout the years that followed.

McMahon next embarked upon a path that has brought her to where she is today, first by earning her baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing at Salem State University.  Along the way, she worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, and eventually felt an impetus to teach nursing students.

McMahon secured a part-time position at Blue Hills instructing high school students in the Health Assisting program, and started taking education courses herself.  Those developments led her to have a teaching job at Blue Hills from 1995 to 2008 in the Practical Nursing program, an intensive 10-month day course.

McMahon was not finished with her own education and evolving career path.  She earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from UMass-Dartmouth, and is now an associate professor of nursing at Curry College, where she was hired in 2008.

She credits the support at home that she has received from her husband and children with being instrumental in helping her attain all these goals.  “It’s true role-modeling about how anything is achievable,” McMahon said of her own life and professional choices.  “I think it’s been a good message sent.  I hope my children [both are students at Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree] value education like I do.”

Musing out loud about what she feels is the most vital aspect of what she does, McMahon said, “I contribute [shaping] the future generation of nurses.”  She tries to instill the core fundamentals of nursing and patient care in them: compassion, respect, critical thinking, problem-solving, the importance of making patients active participants in their own care, and the need to be lifelong learners who are not afraid to enhance their existing knowledge throughout their career.

Reflecting on her success, McMahon, who plans to remain in academia long-term, said, “I’ve made the right career choices for me.  To be a nurse-educator is a great profession.  I’m very happy with what I do.”

The Practical Nursing Program at Blue Hills Regional (Postsecondary Programs Division) offers a rigorous educational experience of theory and clinical practice which will prepare graduates to take the NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing) through the State Board of Registration in Nursing. The faculty provides an exceptional learning environment and the support services needed to help students succeed. For more information on the program, such as Admissions and Tuition, visit and click on the Practical Nursing tab on the home page.  Interested parties can also contact Admissions and Financial Aid Director Marybeth Joyce at or call 781-828-5800 x231 or x229.






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