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Northeast Metro Tech Awarded $300,000 Grant for Saturday Program 

**To view a video on the Saturday Program, click here**

WAKEFIELD — Superintendent David DiBarri is pleased to share that Northeast Metro Tech has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation to support the school’s Saturday Program.

The grant will be distributed over 10 years, during which time Northeast Metro Tech will receive $30,000 in funding annually for the program. 

The Saturday Program offers students who do not attend the career and technical education school in grades nine through 12, from the district’s sending communities, an opportunity to learn more about industries such as automotive technology, business technology, drafting and design, carpentry, cosmetology, culinary arts, design & visual communications, electrical, health assisting, heating, ventilation & air conditioning/refrigeration, metal fabrication, plumbing and robotics.

“We are so grateful to the Cummings Foundation for awarding us this generous grant and for recognizing the value of our program,” said Superintendent DiBarri. “This funding will allow us to continue offering this program with certainty for the next 10 years, and give more students an opportunity to access career and technical education.”

Divided into three, four-week programs, courses through the Saturday Program are free and are led by a Northeast Metro Tech instructor. Participants in the program follow an abridged version of each shop’s curriculum.

Northeast Metro Tech encourages all those interested to apply for the Saturday Program, the next offering of which will begin in early October.

Students looking to register for the summer offering or a future program can email their school guidance counselor or Program Director Joseph O’Brien at

This grant is a part of the Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. In total, 140 grant winners were chosen, each receiving a minimum of $100,000. 

The Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program primarily supports nonprofits in Massachusetts in the Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. 

For more information on the Cummings Foundation grants, visit



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