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Great Ways to Check out UTEC this Week

At UTEC we are always interested in finding opportunities to meet and connect with new people here in the City of Lowell and beyond. Here are several such opportunities happening this week. We hope you can join us for one (or all) of them! 1. EAT for a Cause. This Thursday (May 18th) you are invited … >More


UTEC Awarded for “Best Building Programming”

UTEC’s plaque at 35 Warren Street. UTEC’s LEED Platinum building (at 35 Warren Street) has been selected by Preservation Massachusetts as one of their 29th Annual Tsongas Award recipients. Awarded for “Best Building Programming,” UTEC is one of 22 award recipients from across the state demonstrating the award theme, The Power of Preservation, and were selected earlier this year through … >More


Lowell’s Take Back the Night: One Woman’s View

After gathering at City Hall, the marchers peacefully walked through Lowell to a rally at UMass Lowell’s University Crossing. My name is Sadyra Martinez and I currently serve at UTEC as the AmeriCorps Social Justice Specialist. In honor of sexual assault awareness month, I had the opportunity to attend my first Take Back the Night (TBTN) … >More


See What Makes Us Tick: UTEC Hosts Social Enterprise Showcase, May 6th

Do you want to tour the world’s oldest green building, pick up a beautiful handmade cutting board, visit a brand new commercial “incubator” kitchen, enjoy scrumptious catering samples, watch a mattress being deconstructed, and meet UTEC’s awesome program participants – all in one visit? Join us this Saturday (May 6th), from noon to 2:00 PM, for all of this … >More


A Day to Celebrate: Lowell Earth Day Parade and Festival

On this Sunday, April 23rd, the City of Lowell will hold its 2017 Lowell Earth Day Parade & Festival. Organized by UMass Lowell and other community partners, activities start at 11:00 am at the Lowell National Historical Park Visitor Center (246 Market Street) and, after a parade through downtown Lowell, will conclude at UTEC (35 … >More


UTEC Holds Annual AmeriCorps Service Day

On March 31st UTEC held its annual AmeriCorps Service Day in Lowell – one small way that we try to ‘give back’ to our community and some of our local partner organizations. “Part of the mission of the AmeriCorps program, of course, is to ‘strengthen communities’ and to engage in ‘team-based community service,’” said Miguel Quinones, UTEC’s AmeriCorps … >More


Mattress Recycling: First Step In the UTEC Journey

The young adults and staff of UTEC currently recycle around 15,000 mattresses a year at the UTEC Mattress Recycling facility in Lawrence. The UTEC Mattress Recycling facility is unlike anything else you’ll find at UTEC. This sprawling warehouse in an industrial section of Lawrence is a far cry from the shiny, contemporary ambiance of Café UTEC. … >More


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