Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. Lt. COURTESY PHOTO

NASHOBA TECH: Polito to Address Class of 2018

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Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will address the Class of 2018 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 2.

Polito is the 72nd lieutenant governor of Massachusetts. She began her public service in local government, serving on the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen before being elected as a state representative for five terms.

She chairs the Community Compact Cabinet for Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration, elevating the administration’s partnerships with local government and promoting best practices. All 351 communities have joined the partnership, adopting more than 800 best practices.

As chair of the Seaport Economic Council, Polito works with coastal communities to leverage their unique assets to drive sustainable growth.

Preventing sexual assault and domestic violence have been priorities for the lieutenant governor, and she serves as chair of the Governor’s Council to address those important issues. She also co-chairs the STEM Advisory Council, working to ensure that all students have access to STEM courses, with the goal of preparing them for careers and closing the skills gap.

Polito is a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Nashoba Tech Superintendent Dr. Denise Pigeon said the school is “honored” to have Lt. Gov. Polito speak to graduates again, as she did at the 2015 commencement ceremony.

“She and Governor Baker continue to be strong supporters of vocational and technical education,” Dr. Pigeon said. “Their support of the Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program has provided opportunities for technical schools, including Nashoba, to expand and modernize technical training programs in high demand fields, such as our Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering and Robotics program.

“Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito is also a strong proponent of building partnerships between technical training programs and business and industry leaders such as our partnership with MSPCA Angell which opened Angell at Nashoba and provided an onsite veterinary clinic for the practical experiences for students in our veterinary assisting technical program. We are so pleased the lieutenant governor will be joining us to congratulate our first graduating class from this new technical program made possible through our industry partnership.”

During the 2015 ceremony, Polito urged the graduates to build their own futures with the foundation Nashoba Tech gave them.

“If you know your future and have already mapped it out, good for you,” she said. “But if you don’t know exactly what path to take, that’s OK, too. This is the very beginning of a wonderful journey ahead for each one of you. On that journey, if someone says, ‘You shouldn’t do that,’ but you know it’s the right thing, ignore the doubters.”