You hate to ruin a kid's high school years by reminding him or her that high school is the gateway to a lifetime of work. But it doesn't have to be bad news, not if you can get hold of a trade and hang on for a lifetime. (3/31/17)
Those who serve the most vulnerable people in the community live sad stories every day. They aim to help people who are sick, homeless, suicidal, disabled, unemployed and poor; those who have criminal backgrounds, are addicted to substances and have lost their children to the state. (3/29/17)
Other than getting your kids more education than you ever had, home ownership is probably the most-desired piece of the American Dream.
At 132 Duluth St., in the Maplewood neighborhood, a piece of the American dream is a neat ranch house that is almost finished, ready for a lucky first-time homebuyer. (3/24/17)
Diman’s Room 251 restaurant has gone high-tech with some help from friends of the school. Already known for its cutting-edge culinary techniques, Room 251 has recently started using the latest technology to manage orders and facilitate communication between the kitchen and front of the house (3/22/17)
Diman has an army of graduates at work in Massachusetts. They helped pave the way for vocational education leaders to make a pitch for more money during a meeting with Governor Charlie Baker Wednesday. (3/16/17)
Diman senior Drafting student Tyler Gillis couldn’t make it to Paris, so he brought a bit of Paris to Fall River. Unable to join the International Club’s trip to Paris in during his freshman year in 2013, Gillis was inspired to build a model of the Eiffel Tower on one of the program’s 3D printers. (3/9/17)
Diman’s annual march to SkillsUSA success began anew on Thursday, March 4, when they earned 59 medals (21 gold, 21 silver, and 17 bronze) at the District 2 competition held at Southeastern Regional Voc-Tech. All 42 students that earned gold or silver medals will advance to the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Competition in Marlboro on April 27-29. In addition, several of the 17 bronze medal winners may also be invited. (3/7/17)
Having a serious heart condition changed the course of Michaela Gagne Hetzler's life, but new research proved recently that her disorder was more benign than threatening.
Hetzler was diagnosed when she was 17 with Long QT Syndrome, a heart arrhythmia that is activated by physical activity and can cause fainting and even sudden death. (3/7/17)
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. (2/3/17)
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.