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Wellesley, MA: On October 28, 2021, as part of its comprehensive work force development initiative aimed at introducing high school students to the commercial construction industry, the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC MA) in collaboration with Milwaukee Tool, donated a variety of high-quality carpentry tools and safety equipment valued at more than $15,000 to Madison Park Technical Vocational High School (MPTVHS)
 
To celebrate the donation AGC MA hosted a luncheon at Madison Park with guest speakers John Herald, MPTVHS Vocational Director; John Ferrante, AGC MA CEO; and Robert LePage, Assistant Secretary for Career Education, DOE. In attendance were Dr. Sidney Brown, new Head of School for MPTVHS and Alison Stanton, Vice President Community & Citizenship at Turner Construction Company, along with all 40 carpentry students.
 
A grant from the union carpenter, laborer, and cement mason employers through the Massachusetts Construction Advancement Program (MCAP) allowed the AGC MA in August to introduce a group of seven educators to the commercial construction industry during a summer externship program, including Perino Watson, Vocational Teacher from Madison Park and the excess grant funding helped organize this donation to support the students at MPTVHS.  
 
“Milwaukee Tool is a great member and partner of AGC MA and provides support to our construction managers and trade partners.” explained John Ferrante, AGC MA CEO. “Their New England GC Rep Tim Foley immediately stepped up when he heard that the MP carpentry shop was working with outdated tools and could use some help procuring high quality hand tools and safety gear.” 
 
In addition, AGC MA member, Turner Construction Company, recently invited the MPTVHS carpentry students on multiple returning jobsite field trips to a construction project in the Seaport District. With Milwaukee's donation and by facilitating ongoing engagement between members and local schools, AGC MA is confident this effort will inspire the next generation of tradespeople and construction managers.
 
This donation is not the first time AGC MA has been involved with MPTVHS. In years past, AGC MA has provided other physical tools like a laser cutting machine and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Router as well as in-kind services like safety training from AGC MA Director of Safety Services Chris Ziegler. However, AGC MA is now seeking to translate these resources into a sustainable workforce development initiative not only at MPTVHS, but in schools across the Commonwealth.
 
 
About AGC MA
Building Excellence is what AGC MA and our members signify. As the leading commercial construction association in the Commonwealth, AGC MA provides member benefits and business resources for the state’s building industry.
 
The Association offers valuable management education, exemplary safety training, and dedicated advocacy for our members and the industry at large, continually improving the quality, integrity and responsibilities to the general public and its surrounding communities.