Minuteman Selected by State to Study Expanding Access to High Quality Career and Technical Education For All Students
Receives $10,000 Competitive Grant for Planning
LEXINGTON – Minuteman High School is one of a dozen educational institutions and only five vocational schools selected by the state to study innovative programming to expand career and technical education in Massachusetts. Minuteman this month was awarded a $10,000 competitive planning grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Career and Technical Education Partnership Planning Grant is designed to help the schools expand existing programs – or create new ones – to increase student access to career and technical education in Massachusetts.
“We’re very pleased to be one of a handful of vocational schools selected to take part,” said Dr. Edward A. Bouquillon, Minuteman’s Superintendent. “We look forward to working with our partner schools and businesses in our region to expand student access to high-quality career and technical education.”
Dr. Bouquillon serves on the governing board of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE), a new statewide organization whose primary goal is to expand access to high-quality career and technical education for more Massachusetts students.
With the grant, Minuteman will explore several possible options. They include expanding its half-day “Minuteman in the Morning” program that serves students from non-vocational high schools; offering an Advanced Manufacturing program to retrain adults; launching an after-school career exploratory program to serve middle school students, including female students wishing to explore non-traditional by gender careers; and expanding career exploratory programs for middle school students during the February, April, and Summer vacations.
Minuteman is expecting to work with a host of educational and business partners, including the Lexington Public Schools, Middlesex Community College, Haas, Prattville Machine & Tool, North Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, Metro North Regional Employment Board, and Partnerships for a Skilled Workforce.
Some 29 schools and school districts applied for planning grants. Only 12 received them, with amounts ranging from $6,000 to $10,000.
The other 11 institutions receiving competitive grants include Bunker Hill Community College, Essex North Shore Technical High School, Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Greater Lowell Technical High School, Holyoke Community College, Lynn Public Schools, Massasoit Community College, Mohawk Trail Regional School District, Quincy Public Schools, Upper Cape Cod Technical School District, and Worcester Public Schools.
Work done under the planning grant must be completed by October 31.
Schools may then apply for grants of up to $150,000 to implement their ideas. Only the 12 educational institutions that received planning grants are eligible to apply for implementation grants.