Assabet Valley Vocational School Tour at Seven Cycles

March 22, 2013

in Inspiration, Seven Cycles, Universities & Colleges

Neil Mansfield – a very longtime friend of Seven’s – teaches at Assabet Valley Technical School   Each year he brings his students to Seven Cycles to learn a bit about what we do.  Neil has done this with Seven for more than a decade.  It’s always fun.

Matt O Talking with Assabet Students - photo - Lily R

I find that, for the tour, Neil focuses on helping the kids see that you can learn a hands-on trade – like metalworking – and put it to good use in a career; the kind of career where you can buy a house, raise a family, and not live paycheck to paycheck.

I commented to someone after the tour that I’m fascinated that each class has a very different personality.  This group was really engaged and ended up being at Seven for hours; maybe the longest time of any of the Assabet groups.  And maybe the loudest, in a good way.

Assabet Students Talking Shop - photo - Lily R

It was also noteworthy to me that at the same time we had this group of about 20 kids at Seven we were also working with a student on a high-school job shadowing project.  Lots of kids on the cusp of starting careers at a very young age.  We are hopeful about these bright inquisitive kids.

As an aside, we know Neil from way back in the Merlin Metalworks days.  Neil was a welder there for a number of years.  Neil is still a very formidable bike rider.

Neil and his students are welcome to Seven any time.  At least for another decade.

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