Local schools receive money for learning at the request of industry

BARNSTABLE — Several local school districts will benefit from a portion of $600,000 in state scholarships to boost early learning programs that put students on the path to in-demand industries.

State officials said the money will go towards opportunities for students to explore careers, technical courses and internships.

The money will also allow students to enroll in post-secondary courses for free, which will help them earn industry-recognized degrees.

Most of the industries included in the Innovation Pathways program are STEM-related, including advanced manufacturing, information technology, environmental and life sciences, healthcare and social work, as well as than business and finance.

“These programs provide students with hands-on skills learning and access to opportunities for future success in high-demand fields,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.

“The expansion of Innovation Pathways will allow more students to gain knowledge and work experiences that will prepare them for successful careers before they graduate from high school. »

Barnstable Public Schools will receive $26,576, Mashpee Public Schools will receive $15,000 and Nantucket Public Schools will receive the highest amount at $30,000.

These three schools all follow the designation of an Innovation Pathway school, including providing equitable access to all schools, guided academic pathways for one of five consulting industry sectors, enhanced student support, relevant career links and deep partnerships between secondary schools and employers. .

Norma A. Roth