Monty Tech education includes holistic experience of community service

FITCHBURG — Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Monty Tech) emphasizes community service as part of a holistic preparation of students for both college and career pathways. 

A hallmark of the high school’s vocational training programs is a commitment to giving back to area communities. Students from various trades work on projects such as repairing town and city properties, servicing municipal vehicles and building dugouts for local athletic programs.

Many Monty Tech shops also provide free or discounted services for local residents. Whether it is providing subsidized veterinary care, meals for seniors or affordable auto service, the school views helping north central Massachusetts residents as a core commitment. Students learn to see their growing expertise not just as a career pathway but as a tool for strengthening their communities.

One of Monty Tech’s best-known partnerships is home construction with Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts. Through this program, student’s in the school’s electrical, house carpentry, plumbing, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) programs help to build homes for families in need. 

“Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts is proud to partner with the instructors and students at Monty Tech for our home projects,” said Carolyn Read, executive director of Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts in a press release on Feb. 3. “Together, we have completed three homes in the last two years and we are working on a fourth now. The partnership means that families can come home much more quickly and we can build strength, stability and self-reliance for more low-income families in our local communities.”