Dr. Sheila M. Harrity has served as the Superintendent-Director of Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District since 2014. Monty Tech is the second largest regional vocational school in Massachusetts, serving over 1,400 students from two cities and sixteen towns. The district employs 218 faculty and staff with a budget of over $26 million. In addition to the day program, Monty Tech operates its Continuing Education program, recently expanded to serve over 1,300 adults participating in educational courses and training and retraining programs.
Since 2015, the district has partnered with Workers’ Credit Union to establish an in-school, full-service banking branch, and has recently implemented a 1:1 student Chromebook initiative. In addition, Monty Tech will soon complete construction of a 7,500 square foot veterinary clinic, primarily built by Monty Tech’s students and staff. Moreover, the district has solicited over $2.5 million in private sector dollars, grant and foundation funds, and in-kind donations to support this effort. Once complete, the building will house Monty Tech’s 21st vocational offering, the Veterinary Science Training Program, which will accept its first students in 2017.
Before coming to Monty Tech, Dr. Harrity was the Principal at Worcester Technical High School, where she was named the 2013 Massachusetts Principal of the Year, and 2014 National High School Principal of the Year. In 2013, the school received the National Blue Ribbon School distinction for outstanding student achievement by the U.S. Department of Education and was the only high school in the nation in 2014 to host President Obama as a commencement speaker.
Dr. Harrity is Vice-Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, a member of the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee, a member and the Academic Chairperson for the Becker College Board of Trustees, and was a committee member on Governor Baker’s Education Transition Committee. She was recently appointed to serve on the Boston Federal Reserve’s Community Development Action Committee.
She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Social Work from Providence College, and earned a Master’s Degree in Moderate Special Needs from Assumption College, as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Worcester State University. In 2013, Dr. Harrity earned her Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. In addition, she received 3 honorary doctoral degrees from Becker College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Worcester State University.