'Reap the rewards of your hard work': McCann Tech graduates 14 from postsecondary programs

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NORTH ADAMS — A small class brought big spirit Monday night to the gymnasium at McCann Technical School, which graduated 14 students from its various postsecondary programs.

From cosmetology to surgical technology, graduates of the school's postsecondary programs celebrated and received their certificates in front of friends and family.

The ceremony included graduates from the cosmetology, dental assisting, medical assisting and surgical technology postsecondary programs. In total, 14 students received a certificate on Monday.

To Superintendent James Brosnan, those 14 students represented the most persevering people he knows, noting that he's met several during their externships — a required part of the on-the-job experience postsecondary students get at McCann.

"Any time a student can draw blood from you painlessly, that's a good thing, so you've done very, very well," Brosnan said.

Brosnan also paused to thank the families of the graduates.

"Without your support this past year, they could not have succeeded," Brosnan said. "They did succeed because they had your support."

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Brosnan argued that there is no program as condensed and difficult as the postsecondary programs at McCann, most of which run from September to June.

Gary Rivers, chairman of the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District's School Committee, recalled his days as a college student, when he would often have to take evening classes as a lowerclassman. These evening classes, he added, would typically have a higher number of older, nontraditional students.

"The more nontraditional students that were taking the evening classes at the university, the tougher the course was because you guys always drove the curve right over the top," Rivers told the postsecondary graduates.

Adults who continue their education, he added, are "extremely motivated and focused."

"They have life experiences and now know what they want to do with their lives," Rivers said. "So I'm not surprised that you're sitting here tonight, successful, having overcome many other challenges that arise during the school year."

Rivers noted that many of the graduates returned to fields of study they had left several years ago.

"Having to raise a family, having a spouse, makes going back to school much more difficult," Rivers said. "But because of your drive and determination, you have succeeded and are now ready to reap the rewards of your hard work and sacrifices."

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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