Closing the skills gap in Massachusetts
Massachusetts has forever been home to world class centers of science and innovation, comprising of top universities, biotechnology companies and engineering firms. In response to the recent decline in economic commitment and educational engagement in STEM fields, the Patrick-Murray Administration developed a ‘STEM Initiative’ in order maintain the state’s historical pre-eminence.
In an endeavor to make long-lasting and critical strides in STEM, the state initiated a Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, comprising of business leaders, politicians and educational experts, to drive STEM achievement in Massachusetts. With an overarching aim to build a successful workforce, the STEM Council plays a fundamental role in implementing the goals of the “State STEM Plan”, A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education.
The STEM Pipeline Fund supports Massachusetts’ mission through providing grants to a range of educational programs targeting hands-on student projects, after-school programs, teacher professional development and parent/teacher career awareness. In FY15 the STEM Pipeline Fund will provide $1,500,000 in grants, which will be distributed amongst a range of initiatives including those under the @Scale Project Initiative.
The efforts of Massachusetts are being recognized across the nation with M.A. schools receiving significant federal grants for their STEM initiatives.
MARLBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES $1.8M FEDERAL GRANT
In April 2014, Malborough High School received a $1.8m federal grant to expand STEM and build relationships with local colleagues and businesses. Marlborough is one of three districts awarded a total of $4.9 million through a federal Department of Labor grant. Marlborough joined with West Springfield and Brockton, as well as Boston-based non-profit Jobs for the Future. The grant aims to create coursework that will better equip students for careers in the bustling science, technology sectors.