Sheriff Hodgson Thanks GNB Voc-Tech Students for Community Service
Iris Scan is a tool used to help identify children or adults if they are lost or missing. Using high-resolution images of the iris of an individual's eyes, it allows authorities to make positive identifications.
A total of 36 students in the Legal and Protective Services program at GNB Voc-Tech have had advanced training in the process and are certified Iris scan technicians. Seven students have already used the process in the field. They have traveled to a variety of sites throughout the region to scan and catalogue children and seniors.
On November 13, those students and their teacher, Atty. Kellie Martin, were invited to Sheriff Hodgson’s office to meet with the Sheriff and Deputy Linda Pacheco. Deputy Pacheco works closely with the students of the Legal and Protective Services program at GNB Voc-Tech.
During their meeting, the students were given a chance to talk with the Sheriff to discuss how volunteerism has shaped them and their future plans. Sheriff Hodgson expressed pride in the Iris Scan project and the students’ work. The Sheriff presented each of the students with Bristol County Sheriff’s Office hats as a way to express his thanks.
The Bristol County Iris Scan program initially covered only children. This year, it was expanded to include senior citizens. This will help if a senior becomes lost due to memory problems or mental illness.
This year, student Dylan Rodrigues will represent GNB Voc-Tech in a SkillsUSA “American Spirit Award” competition involving Iris Scans for senior citizens.
Students Jonathan Alves and Dylan Rodrigues live in Fairhaven. The other five live in New Bedford.
Legal and Protective Services is one of thirty career and technical education programs offered at GNB Voc-Tech. The school serves students from Dartmouth, Fairhaven, and New Bedford.
The school is an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public, four-year vocational technical high school for young men and women. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students. GNB Voc-Tech is one of the largest vocational-technical high schools in Massachusetts. It serves the communities of New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
The school's roots date back more than a century, to the creation of the New Bedford Independent Industrial School in 1908. When it opened in 1909, the school served only 59 students, all from New Bedford. Over the years, the school built a reputation for excellence by providing quality vocational and academic programs. In 1918, its name was changed to New Bedford Vocational School. In 1946, it became New Bedford Vocational High School. In 1955, it became the first vocational high school to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
In 1972, voters in New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven approved the establishment of a regional vocational school district and construction of a regional vocational school. In 1977, Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School was opened.
Today, the school sits on a beautiful 48-acre campus in the North End of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Its website may be found at http://www.gnbvt.edu/.