Montachusett Vocational School to Add Virtual Dissection Technology

(TNS) – The Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School recently received a grant for STEM equipment and teacher professional development from the Massachusetts Life Science Center, the school announced in a press release.

The $110,000 grant will add “state-of-the-art” virtual dissection technology to Monty Tech’s science labs, according to the press release. Students will also be able to study anatomy and physiology at the college level through a dual enrollment program with Fitchburg State University, which was developed with support from the School of Health and Natural Sciences at the FSU.

Monty Tech’s director of academic programs, Christina Favreau, said the school is “grateful” for the investment in its students and shared her excitement for the dual enrollment program. The Dean of FSU’s School of Health and Natural Sciences, Jennifer Hanselman, Ph.D., also celebrated the collaboration.

“We are very pleased to expand our offerings through this partnership,” Favreau said. “We are fortunate to have science instructors who are invested in creating opportunities for our students, as well as inspiring partners in Fitchburg State.”

“The benefits of dual enrollment for students are significant, both developmentally and financially,” she said.

“This grant supports our collaborative effort to strengthen and streamline Monty Tech students’ path to a STEM or healthcare profession,” Hanselman said. “We are delighted that this practical and engaging course has access to the necessary equipment and technology to support student learning.”

The advanced visualization and virtual dissection tool will primarily be used in the school’s academic science courses, as well as Monty Tech’s professional health professions and veterinary science programs, according to the press release. Elizabeth Flanagan, a science teacher at Monty Tech, said the technology would “enhance many of our labs” and provide students with access to education “in a way that was previously unavailable at the high school level.”

“This tool allows us to spend more time learning with an interactive approach, which is always a win for students,” she said.

Monty Tech was one of 20 programs funded through the program. Located in Fitchburg, the public high school offers 1,435 high school students from 18 cities and towns a “comprehensive” academic curriculum and “cutting-edge” vocational and technical programs. For more information, visit

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