Tom Lamont is proud to be an instructor at one of the top 25 high schools in the U.S., Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, Mass. Each year, more than 1,000 students from 13 surrounding towns apply for just 320 spots. “The locals call it Valley Tech,” says Lamont, “Parents throw big parties when their kids get in.”
Lamont had started his own sign business right out of art school. When his own son was accepted at Valley Tech in 2014, Lamont offered to teach the kids how to hand letter, pinstripe, gold leaf, and airbrush. As he toured the facility, he noticed a 30" Roland (Booth 4616) printer/cutter in the corner.
“Of course, I knew right away what it was — I’ve had very positive experiences using Roland inkjets,” says Lamont. “The instructor said they were looking for someone to teach the kids digital printing.” Lamont applied, and the rest is history.
Growing with the latest tech
To update the school’s production platform, in 2018 Lamont brought in a 30" Roland TrueVIS SG-300 digital printer/cutter. “Rolands are the best — you can’t beat the quality,” he says. “The TrueVIS has amazing speed and accuracy. We also wanted the print/cut feature to streamline our workflow. “
According to Lamont, it’s also important to provide a learning environment that prepares students for the real world. “We want our students using equipment they are likely to see again on the job. The training we provide on our Roland is one of the things that makes our students so highly employable.”
Lamont now leads an ever-expanding group of students in Painting and Design Technologies. “We are seeing more and more students interested in taking the next step from working behind a screen to actually printing their designs and hanging their projects where everyone can see them,” he says.