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2017 Highlights

Still seeking work, in spite of low jobless levels in Mass.

  February 3, 2017From the Boston Globe:  The Massachusetts economy is red hot, with the unemployment rate at its lowest in 16 years. Employers fret that they can’t find enough workers, and help-wanted signs are posted on store windows across the state. But in the training kitchen at Utec Inc. in Lowell, that booming economy, … >More

Going by the book

        January 26, 2017From the Lowell Sun:  UnchARTed Gallery hosted an event for Lowell Loves to Learn’s BookNook project, which aims to bring a book to all young children in Lowell viaBookNooks made by UTEC. Read the full article HERE

A ‘foundation’ to fight gang violence

  January 12, 2017 From the Lowell Sun:  BOSTON — The fight against gang violence got a boost in Lowell, Fitchburg and other communities across the state Tuesday. Lowell received $531,920 in state grant funds to bolster its efforts combating gang violence. Almost $6 million in grant funds were made to 15 communities and 11 … >More

UTEC Community Kitchen Nears Completion

January 12, 2017 From the Lowell Sun:  LOWELL — In their cramped kitchens, budding entrepreneurs are feverishly working to build their food businesses. But eventually, the entrepreneurs may realize they need more space and bigger equipment. As a result, they move their operations to a larger community kitchen. In this area, food entrepreneurs have desired … >More

Pull up one more chair for youth

January 2, 2017 From Youth Today: Currently in Massachusetts, the Council for State Governments is making recommendations for reforming and reinvesting in our criminal justice system to get better recidivism outcomes. I was able to join a meeting they had with community groups as a member of UTEC, a local nonprofit. I sat and listened … >More