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Lead BHR Electrical Teacher Jerry Sass, Student Eric LaFerriere, Student Nicholas Mahon, Student Michael Figuereo, Student Patrick Toscano, Mr. Sean Callaghan of Local 103, Student Jack Hulme, and Mr. Thomas A. Cooney, Vice President of Field Operations at McDonald Electrical in Hingham who is a 1986 BHR graduate. “Local 103 is proud to award this year’s scholarships to Patrick Toscano, Nicholas Mahon and Michael Figuereo,” said Mr. Callaghan. “Over their four years at Blue Hills, these three students have displayed the grades, hard work and dedication that we look for in candidates. Local 103 is excited to have them joining us.”
Not shown: Student Eamon Connolly
Photo by Judy Bass
By Judy Bass
Nicholas Mahon of Canton, Patrick Toscano of Randolph and Michael Figuereo of Dedham, all of whom majored in Electrical Technology at Blue Hills Regional Technical School in Canton and graduated in June 2017, have been awarded five-year Electrical Training Scholarships from IBEW Electrical Union Local 103, which is headquartered in Dorchester.
Their scholarships, which represent a valuable opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the field through further education and employment straight out of high school and also to be part of the Electrical Union, were presented in a ceremony at Blue Hills. In attendance were the school's Electrical teachers, Lead Instructor Jerry Sass and John Mullaney (William Groh was not present), Principal Jill M. Rossetti, Director of Vocational Programs Michelle Sylvia, Business Agent for IBEW Local 103 Sean M. Callaghan and Thomas Cooney of McDonald Electric, co-founder of the company and a 1986 graduate of Blue Hills.
Three additional members of the Class of 2017 received apprenticeships - Eric LaFerriere of Holbrook (who received an apprenticeship from Local 223). Jack Hulme of Canton and Eamon Connolly of Dedham, both of whom received apprenticeships from Local 103.
"These students are role models for their program and an inspiration to the underclassmen," said Principal Jill M. Rossetti. "We are so proud of them and wish them the best. All of this is possible with great instruction and Local 103 support."
"It is great to give these students the recognition they deserve," said Mr. Sass. "These students here today have taken full advantage of the gift of knowledge they received at Blue Hills in the Electrical program."
"Local 103 is proud to award this year's scholarships to Patrick Toscano, Nicholas Mahon and Michael Figuereo," said Mr. Callaghan. "Over their four years at Blue Hills, these three students have displayed the grades, hard work and dedication that we look for in candidates. Local 103 is excited to have them joining us."
The Electrical Technology program at Blue Hills prepared these students thoroughly. Students learn technical skills such as basic electrical theory, use of tools and fasteners, testing equipment, conductors, wires and outlets. Graduates continue on to become journeymen, master electricians, telecommunication technicians, data wiremen, alarm installers and cable splicers. Many graduates of this program have advanced to self-employment and have become leaders of the electrical industry. Because a cornerstone of career and technical education at Blue Hills involves practical, hands-on experience on site, students participate in doing electrical work on actual construction projects within the Blue Hills Regional district.