February 26th 2016 BOSTON- State Representatives David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton), Joseph D. McKenna (R-Webster), Kevin J. Kuros (R-Uxbridge) and Brian W. Murray (D-Milford), along with State Senators Ryan C. Fattman (R-Sutton) and Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), are proud to announce that Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School (BVT) has been awarded a $12,000 STEM High Quality Career Pathways Capacity grant from the Executive Office of Education in collaboration with the STEM Advisory Council.
The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded numerous cities and towns across the Commonwealth a High Quality Career Pathways grant. This program was created in an attempt to support the development and coordination of high-quality computer science, engineering, and life science curricula for students in grades 6-12. Funding from the STEM High Quality Career Pathways Capacity grant should be used for capital technology, equipment and professional development in outlined subjects.
“I am excited to announce that BVT is a recipient of a STEM High Quality Career Pathways Capacity grant,” said Representative Muradian. “Offering courses specific to science, engineering, technology, computer science and math is crucial when educating our future leaders. I want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration, the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council for their constant dedication to moving Massachusetts towards a brighter future.”
“This grant marks an exciting opportunity for BV Tech students, families and educators in the area of STEM education,” said Senator Moore. “Now, more than ever, it’s important for our younger generations to be prepared to enter into a global, twenty-first century economy. This important funding will ultimately help ensure BV Tech students have the skills needed to achieve their academic and career goals.”
"I appreciate the Administrations continued support for STEM education and career development," said Representative McKenna. "BVT, as always, continues to show their ability to maximize resources and provide top-notch education opportunities; making this grant award a fitting and very exciting partnership."
Blackstone Valley Tech plans to add a Project Lead The Way computer science course with the use of these grant funds. Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides hands-on curriculum in STEM courses, including engineering, computer science and biomedical science, for K-12 students. Worcester Polytechnic Institute acts as the professional development partner of Project Lead The Way.
“I am thrilled that more students will have an incredible opportunity to add additional STEM courses, and continue to build a positive and robust curriculum,” says Senator Fattman.
"I'd like to thank the Baker-Polito administration for their continued support of STEM education," said Representative Kuros. "It is important for our children's futures and helps prepare them for higher education."
“It is encouraging to see BVT continuing to strive to stay ahead of the technology curve and provide our students the very best in computer science education “said Representative Murray. “This grant will, without question, further that mission.”