Dorchester Reporter: Unions to help Madison Park students create and maintain their own business

 In Media Watch, News

It was all business at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School last month when union representatives from District Council 35 and The Paint and Glass Association of New England joined with students and faculty to celebrate the grand opening of the high school’s new gift shop.

The store, which is being funded thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Dorchester-based painters union, will provide Madison Park students studying business and marketing a chance to create and maintain a business plan, perform financial and accounting tasks, and receive hands-on training in a retail setting.

Greg Shuman, a marketing teacher who developed the idea for the gift shop along with fellow teacher Francisco Torres, said in an interview that “the vision for the store is always about how we can get the students to show their knowledge about business and marketing and make money for themselves.”

He added that the collaboration between trade union representatives and a vocational school was a natural fit.

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