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What Is “HiSET” and How Does It Work at UTEC?

At UTEC instructors take a very different approach towards teaching. As most people know, a young person who has not completed high school may choose to study and be tested for a “Certificate of High School Equivalency.” Here in Massachusetts this program is known as HiSET (or High School Equivalency Test), which (like GED in … >More


AmeriCorps Week: Honoring Those that Serve

Most of the members of UTEC’s current AmeriCorps team. This week (March 4th to 11th) is “AmeriCorps Week” – a national celebration and recognition of the extraordinary contributions of the some 80,000 service members currently active throughout the country, as well as the approximately one million AmeriCorps alumni. Since 1993, AmeriCorps members have collectively served … >More


White Ribbon Day and UTEC’s Commitment to Practice Healthy Masculinity

As part of an international human rights effort, the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign invites men and boys to be part of the solution in ending gender-based violence and violence against women. On March 1st, Massachusetts will hold its 10th Annual White Ribbon Day Event (#ReimagineManhood) to encourage men to speak out to: change societal … >More


UTEC’s 2016 Outcomes: Progress for Proven-Risk Young Adults

This is #SIFWeek, a celebration of the impact of federal Social Innovation Funding through the Corporation for National and Community Service. It’s a perfect time highlight UTEC’s 2016 “Outcomes & Impact Report.” This report may be the most important single document UTEC generates each year as it provides a comprehensive and data-driven summary of exactly how well … >More


UTEC’s Clothing Project Helps Young People Look Their Best

Sadyra (left) and Taylor sort through some of the recent clothing donations. My name is Sadyra Martinez and I am currently serving as the Social Justice AmeriCorps member at UTEC. Along with a number of other responsibilities, I have recently taken the lead on a new UTEC initiative called the “Clothing Project,” which is designed to provide … >More


UTEC’s Woodworking Program: A Cut Above

Several years ago, UTEC incorporated a new social enterprise into its existing workforce development programs: woodworking and furniture design. Like the other programs, the woodworking program is designed to operate as a mini business within UTEC’s model, with the expectation that, over time, it will help increase UTEC’s fiscal sustainability by generating income, while simultaneously … >More


UTEC Streetworkers: Chipping away (and now hiring)

The 2016 New England Streetworker Conference was held last November at Gillette Stadium, attracting over 150 outreach professionals throughout the region. What does it take to be an effective streetworker (aka outreach worker)? Most of us would imagine it requires things like having a real commitment to young people; strong communication and interpersonal skills;  knowing the … >More


Something Big Is Cooking at UTEC

In the next couple weeks UTEC will officially open its latest enterprise – a large commercial community kitchen designed to serve a variety of community partners and food entrepreneurs in need of a state-of-the-art production kitchen. This brand new facility will offer 5,000 square feet with multiple workstations and a wide array of processing, cooking, … >More


UTEC Family Marks End of Year with Festive Holiday Party

Last Thursday, UTEC’s main hall offered a sight that would have warmed even the heart of The Grinch himself. Bedecked with holiday streamers, lights, colorful gifts, tasty treats, and a large holiday tree, the hall was filled with UTEC youth and staff, along with many of their young children, all happily gathered for UTEC’s annual holiday … >More


Concord Cheese Shop Believes in Quality Workmanship and Helping Youth

Peter Lovis, owner of the Concord Cheese Shop and long-time supporter of UTEC. By Caroline Burlingham Ellis Peter Lovis, owner of the beloved Concord Cheese Shop, is offering high-quality cutting boards handcrafted by youth who have chosen to turn their lives around. The young people are members of UTEC, a Lowell-based youth development nonprofit agency. … >More