Test equipment maker Extech Instruments, Nashua, N.H., recently donated over $40,000 worth of handheld test equipment to vocational, technical and science programs at four high schools in Eastern Massachusetts.

Waltham High School in Waltham, Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, Ashland High School in Ashland, and Diman Regional Vocational High School in Fall River all received test equipment for electrical, electronics, HVAC, auto body, automotive technology, plant/facilities management, carpentry and robotics, as well as science and lab programs.

“We are excited to support the future of our communities' technical and scientific work force. Tradespeople help keep our world operating one electrical circuit, one HVAC duct, one circuit board, one industrial motor at a time. Extech is committed to the fantastic technical training programs available to launch young men and women in high school into in-demand careers,” Arpineh Mullaney, Extech vice president, said in a release. “Looking ahead, as we see macro trends such as the baby boomer retirement wave, our nation faces an imminent shortage of qualified technicians. We need to continually encourage and support our youth to explore satisfying careers in the technical trades.”