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Social Enterprises

At UTEC, impact young adults with histories of incarceration or serious criminal activity gain paid work experience – and essential life skills. Each of our social enterprises offers young people paid work experience. They gain valuable job skills and real earnings to help them pursue positive life choices.

Mattress Recycling

PegSMattress-09844UTEC Mattress Recycling provides the first paid work experience for young men and women who enter our enrollment program. Here, young people focus on accountability, positive communication, and teamwork.

It also offers a way to recycle and reuse the component parts of mattresses and box springs. Young people at UTEC hand-cut mattresses and recycle the steel, foam, wood, and cotton, diverting up to 85% of the materials out of the waste stream. UTEC is one of three organizations selected by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to be an approved mattress recycler. Learn more or request our services.


Food Services


Young people learn transferable culinary and hospitality skills through our three Food Service areas and commercial kitchen facilities. Options include retail food service at Cafe UTEC, catering for events big and small, and the UTEC Community Kitchen’s food manufacturing operations. Young people can earn ServSafe certifications and explore the many career pathways in this industry. Learn more about our three Food Services areas.



img_5102Young people in the Woodworking Social Enterprise gain valuable workplace experience while developing basic design and construction knowledge that can translate into future employment opportunities in construction and skilled trades.

Working closely with a team of skilled woodworkers, our young people develop a variety of high quality products. Learn more or buy now.


Event Rentals in Downtown Lowell, MA

UTEC offers ideal venues for a variety of social, corporate, and nonprofit functions, both casual and formal, 10 people or 300. Whether you are planning a multi-day (or multi-room) conference, quiet yoga retreat, interactive team-building day, board meeting, film release, birthday party, or gala, we have the space and staff to accommodate your event. Learn more about our spaces and event services (including UTEC’s catering).