Hammers and nails have been joined by advanced machinery and computers in Diman Carpentry-Cabinetmaking shop. Students still learn traditional carpentry, but visitors to the program would also see students programming advanced CNC (computer-numeric controlled) machines to carve intricate designs and patterns into wood.
As the safety of our students and staff are of paramount concern, the purpose of this correspondence is to keep you aware of the actions the District has taken to keep everyone safe from the harmful effects of lead, or other elements, in our drinking water. (1/24/17)
Diman School Committee member Joan Menard will be honored by our state legislature by naming an overpass on route 24 after her. (1/24/17)
Diman is pleased to announce that recently retired teacher Edward Carreiro has won the American Welding Society’s “Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Award.” Carreiro, who retired from the Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies program in 2016, was surprised when the award was presented to him on 1/5/17, but that didn’t stop him from offering sage advice to students in shop. (1/6/17)
Ray Mullin Music and The Kevin Wright Celebration of Music have boosted Diman’s nascent music program for the second time in a year with a donation of guitars. The Swansea shop teamed with the local charity to donate four guitars and a box of strings to the program, an after-school club geared to teaching students and staff how to play the six-string. (12/19/16)
Diman is pleased to announce that 93 students have earned the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship in 2016 Recipients of the state-run scholarship program are entitled to 8 semesters of tuition-free education at any Massachusetts state college or university. (12/5/16)
In the machine tool shop at Diman, the machines whir. But there’s not as much whir as there would have been 50 years ago. Instead, there is the silence of computers as students do exacting design work before the work even gets to a machine. (12/2/16)
The Directors Bowl hardware has found its way back to Diman Regional Vocational. The Bengals gave the home fans plenty of excitement as four first-half touchdowns paved the way to a 40-14 Thanksgiving football win over Greater New Bedford. (11/28/16)
Hands-on learning is common for Diman students in their vocational area, but it also extends through to academics too. Recently, 27 students received an experiential learning opportunity when they traveled to the Lloyd Center for the Environment in Dartmouth through UMass Dartmouth’s Spotlight Program. (11/15/16)
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School has a long and distinguished history, not only of turning out first-rate graduates, but of lending a hand when needed. The latest example of this community spirit comes in the form of Diman students replacing an antiquated heating system at the Fall River Water Department building.
The system was, to be kind, in bad shape. City finances being what they always are, a much-needed replacement seemed unlikely. That's when the Diman cavalry rode to the rescue, offering not just to patch, but to replace the complaining, old heating system.
And the Diman students aren't doing a halfway job either. They're installing new boilers, new pipes, new baseboards and a 15-zone heat control system. What's not to like about this deal? The Water Department (and its long-suffering employees) will get a building whose heating ability is equal to the New England winters. The students from Diman get, not just experience in their various trades, but an opportunity to do something good. They also get the opportunity to learn how nice it is to help someone out of a jam.
The kids at Diman will someday practice a wide variety of trades, including plumbing, heating, car repair, culinary arts, construction and much more. In short, Diman students are learning to do the work that makes the world run. Put a dozen men of genius in a room to solve all the world's problems and they won't get much done if there's no roof on the building, no heat or no plumbing.
Since Diman grads will go forth to do the work that runs the world, it's a good idea they get a solid grounding, not just in hammer and nails work, but in the harder work of honesty, caring and lending a helping hand.
Over the decades, Fall River and its surrounding towns have been well-served by Diman. It's there that our sons and daughters get on the path to a good job and it's from there that Diman graduates go out to take up all kinds of important jobs.
And, time and time again, Diman students who have not yet graduated, lend their hands and their hearts to some important piece of work that would never get done without their skilled, cheerful assistance.