Ask Jocelyn Croft a question about Franklin County Technical School and she likely knows the answer.
"I'm a voice for those programs
and advocate for a top rate education
Since coming to FCTS in 1999, Croft has worn many hats and possesses a deep institutional knowledge of the school and its mission. She was originally hired as a computer programming and repair teacher, and over the years has been business technology teacher, webmaster, technology coordinator, and is currently night school coordinator and Drum Line member. Prior to this school year, Croft was appointed as vocational curriculum director.
“I supervise all shop programs and the teachers in those programs,” she said. “I’m a voice for those programs and advocate for a top rate education for everyone.”
Croft’s duties also include grant writing and program review, as well as helping with discipline, project coordination, and assisting teachers with budgeting and purchasing for their programs.
Before she came to FCTS, Croft’s background was varied and well-rounded. She grew up near the ocean in Falmouth on Cape Cod and in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard. Her father Harold was a carpenter and her mother Gail recently retired as a licensed clinical social worker at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Croft is the oldest child in the family, which includes brothers Hal, Sully, Patrick, Teddy, and Jonathan, and her sisters Gretchen and Rebecca. Growing up on the Cape and the Vineyard was a wonderful experience, according to Croft. All activities and recreation revolved around the water, whether it was fishing, clam digging, boating or going to the beach.
"I want to see our kids become successful members of the community at whatever level they are capable of achieving."
“It was glorious,” she said. “You had the ocean right in your backyard. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t know how much I loved it until I wasn’t living there anymore. I visit as much as I can now.”
Jocelyn is the mother of one son, Joshua, 38, a U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant, who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and is now stationed in Japan.
“Joshua loves the Marines,” she said. “He’s always wanted to join and has made a career out of it.”
Following her graduation from Lawrence High School in Falmouth, Jocelyn attended Mount Wachusett Community College where she earned associates degrees in business and computer science. She has also earned a bachelors degree in occupational vocational education from Fitchburg State College.
“I wanted a degree designed to address the nuances of vocational education,” Jocelyn said. “Joshua loves the Marines,” she said. “He’s always wanted to join and has made a career out of it.”
"Teenagers are often dramatic, but I like that. It’s a normal part of their development towards adulthood."
Jocelyn worked as computer programmer for initiatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, state housing programs and environmental activities, a position she held for 13 years. She was then appointed director of administration at Rural Housing Improvement, an agency devoted to housing and environmental projects in the rural Northeast, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean. After 15 years, Jocelyn left to work at FCTS, and became an educator because she wanted to work with teenagers.
“Teenagers are often dramatic, but I like that,” she said. “It’s a normal part of their development towards adulthood. Teachers and staff have to put a lot of work into educating the students.”
Besides participating in school activities, outside of school Jocelyn likes to visit her family on the Cape, and in the past has been a dog trainer and with her dogs has participated in obedience competitions.
“I did dog training for the town of Athol, with kennel clubs, and privately,” she said. “I also did assistance dog training for the National Hearing Center.”
Every June, Jocelyn looks forward to graduation, the time when she sees the students she has come to know so well go off to work or to college. Her message to the students is to be happy and satisfied with who you are and what you do in life.
“My favorite day of the year is graduation when the students take what we have given them and go out into the world,” Jocelyn said. “I want to see our kids become successful members of the community at whatever level they are capable of achieving. It’s not about how rich and famous you become, but finding your niche in life. I’ve got plumbers, electricians, carpenters and auto tech people in my family and they all live rewarding lives. Tech schools make that happen.”