(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.
Mr. Turner oversees and manages the Authority’s multiple diversity programs, including business and supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and airport concessions, as well as all compliance initiatives associated with Massport’s Disadvantaged/Minority/ Women Business Enterprise programs
In his commencement address Turner will be encouraging the BFIT graduates to pursue their career and life goals, no matter what obstacles emerge. “I am quite humbled and feel that it is an honor to speak to the BFIT community,” Turner says. “Vocational education is an excellent way to give students, particularly minorities, access to high paying, stable jobs without accruing major debt.”
Prior to joining Massport in 2013, Turner served as Deputy Secretary for Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. He has over 20-years of general management and executive experience in various Fortune 100 media and package goods companies including having served as Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets at AOL Time Warner as well as having held various marketing positions at Hallmark Cards and Hasbro Toys. Turner is also a retired U.S. Navy Captain and submarine nuclear weapons system officer with 26-years of service, and holds a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA.
BFIT offers degrees that prepare young people for high demand jobs in technical fields that need skilled workers to drive the region’s economy, such as construction management, mechanical engineering technology, health information technology, electrical engineering technology, opticianry and automotive technology. BFIT students graduate with practical experience in their field of study and other skills that are of immediate value in the workforce like teamwork, critical thinking, and professionalism. A 2016 alumni survey found 83 percent of BFIT graduates either continue right into more advance education or enter the workforce shortly after graduation in a variety of high-demand technical jobs in the region.
About Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Founded in 1908 directly from a bequest left in Benjamin Franklin’s will, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is a nonprofit, technical college with approximately 500 students in Boston’s South End. The college offers certificate, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs leading to careers in Automotive Technology, Computer Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Electronics Engineering Technology, Health Information Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Construction Management, H/VAC, Electrical Technology, Opticianry, and Technology Business and Management. BFIT is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Visit www.bfit.edu for more information.
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