Salem Career Technical Institute Graduates Inaugural Class

Posted on: January 16, 2024
Salem Career Technical Initiative graduates inaugural class

Six graduates earn Toyota certification in automotive technology, OSHA, CPR, AED certification

SALEM (Jan. 16, 2023) – The Salem Career Technical Institute, an adult education initiative at Salem High School, celebrated its first graduating class Friday night in a ceremony at the SHS Library.

The Salem CTI awarded automotive certifications to six graduates, each of whom completed the 12-week program – at no cost – and earned Toyota Technology 1 certification.

In addition, graduates earned certification in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 standards, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator use (AED), and were furnished with $300 worth of the necessary tools, a full uniform and boots to begin work immediately.

Graduates also experienced mock interview training as well as instruction on resume and cover letter writing.

Al Jonuz, Fixed Operations Director at Herb Chambers Automotive Group of Somerville, was on hand recruiting and encouraging each of the graduates to apply for positions within the auto group giant, which has 60 dealerships throughout New England.

Friday’s ceremony symbolized the District’s Strategic Plan’s four priorities: Elevating learning, empowering educators, prioritizing belonging and strengthening the foundation of the district.

The 2024 CTI graduates included:

  • Destini Jackson (Lynn, Mass.)
  • Jonah Katz (Salem, Mass.)
  • Briant Martinez (Lynn, Mass.)
  • William Nolasco (Marblehead, Mass.)
  • Tyler Quigley (Marblehead, Mass.)
  • Anthony Suazo (Gloucester, Mass.)

Registration is open for two more Salem CTI 12-week sessions – Building and Property Maintenance and Automotive Technology – beginning Monday, Feb. 26. Adult students must meet the specified requirements through MassHire. The courses are offered at no cost to students.

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For more information, contact John St. Onge or visit the CTI website.

About Salem Public Schools

Salem Public Schools is an urban public school district in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem is a small, diverse city with a proud maritime and immigrant history. Our leaders and our teachers are all passionate about education and understand the urgency of improving student achievement with equity and social-emotional needs as the lens we view all of our work through. We respect and value the racial, cultural, and linguistic diversity of our students and their families, and have a strong commitment to the Salem community. Salem Public Schools staff serve all of our students, regardless of ability or language. Salem Public Schools enrolls approximately 4,000 students across its eleven schools.