The Everett Public Schools was one of 22 districts throughout the state to receive a grant for its Innovation Pathways program. The $30,000 allocation will be used at Everett High School to fund student training and certification in areas including OSHA 10, EMT training and the STEM Pathway.
The grant is part of a $600,000 push from the Baker-Polito Administration designed to “provide high school students with opportunities to learn and gain experience in a particular industry through career exploration, technical courses and internships.” “These programs provide students with hands-on skills learning and access to opportunities for future success in high-demand fields,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The expansion of Innovation Pathways will allow more students to gain knowledge and work experiences that prepare them for successful careers before they graduate high school.”
Through Innovation Pathways, students can enroll in postsecondary courses, which are available at no cost.
“We remain committed to closing opportunity and workforce gaps for students in communities across the Commonwealth and Innovation Pathways are another tool we can use to do so,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.“These early career programs and rigorous learning opportunities offer chances for achievement both inside and outside the classroom.”
Since the Innovation Pathways was launched in 2017, it has been adopted by 49 high schools across the state.
“Through participation in Innovation Pathways, students are empowered to explore firsthand and take steps toward possible future careers in promising sectors,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley.
Secretary of Education James Peyser said Innovation Pathways provides students with a “sense of purpose.” “They become more interested and engaged in their studies, able to easily see how it all fits into their future,” he said. “As more students gain skills and knowledge in a particular industry sector, they will have a better sense of what they want to do after they graduate and what additional post-secondary courses and training they will need to ensure their success.”