(Boston, MA) —Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) has named Kenn Turner, Massport Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance, as the keynote speaker at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s (BFIT) 110th annual college commencement. Turner will speak to the college’s 150 graduates at the ceremony being held on May 12 at 10am at the school’s campus in Boston. BFIT is a private, affordable nonprofit college that combines the practicality of vocational education with the intellectual exploration of liberal arts to create the skilled STEM workers the Commonwealth needs.
Kelly Hassett is one BFIT student who is well on her way to overcoming the gender barriers that keep many women out of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
This summer, Kelly joined three other BFIT students at National Grid as an intern working in substation engineering and design. She is part of the team that builds and maintains vital components in the system that powers our homes and businesses. She finds that the critical thinking and hands-on skills she acquired in her mechanical engineering technology (MET) courses at BFIT are helping her to navigate the intricacies of the power grid. And she is making meaningful connections with National Grid’s engineers, some of whom are BFIT alumni. She notes that the engineers are devoted to helping her learn and advance in the field. Kelly is hopeful that her new contacts will also help her land a post-graduation job in engineering technology—a passion that was reignited the moment she walked through BFIT's doors.