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Training School of Alum Celebrates Grand Re-opening

On March 21, alumnus Rafael D. Guzman (B.S. ’88, EE), celebrated the grand re-opening his Lawrence Training School Inc., an occupational training center operating since 1998, which just moved into a remodeled building in the Arlington Mills Plaza at 530 Broadway Street in Lawrence, Mass. Guzman, the president and CEO of RM Technologies, Inc. (RMT) of Lawrence, is also the part owner of the Lawrence Training School and its new building. RMT, acquired by Guzman in 1997, is a small specialty contractor that deals in demolition, asbestos, and other hazardous material abatement. In fact, construction crews from RMT worked nonstop on the old mill building to convert it in just 60 days into a beautiful new training facility and office space.

Guzman is a dedicated alumnus and high-honor graduate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, a powerful supporter of the Lawrence community and surrounding area, and has a special commitment to local young people. All these passions of his came together last year when Guzman’s company created the RM Technologies, Inc. Award in the College of Engineering, aimed at funding students from Lawrence.

His other passion is the Lawrence Training School, which provides educational opportunities to residents of the Merrimack Valley by providing short-term training certificates in English and in Spanish. Program offerings include Environmental/Construction Certificates, Cosmetology, and Nail Certificate Programs. In late spring, Lawrence Training School will launch an administrative assistant program and will offer free English as a Second Language and General Educational Development training to any student enrolled in its programs.

As the Lawrence Training School said in a press release, “The Arlington Mills Building has been vacant for several years and has been an eyesore along route 28. With the acquisition of the building, Lawrence Training School was able to renovate the building and is using one of the floors to provide training opportunities for people to earn certificates. It is hoped that this will aid in securing jobs that provide living wages. It is anticipated that the Arlington Mills Plaza will be the catalyst for change needed to help with the revitalization of this up-and-coming area in the Merrimack Valley. The goal for the plaza is to help create jobs and encourage small business development with affordable leasing options.” (March 2013)