SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser welcomed the announcement Tuesday that three local schools had received state grants to expand course offerings in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, together known as STEM, programs.
Springfield’s Baystate Academy Charter Public School received a $10,000 STEM High-Quality Career Pathways Grant to enable them to add a Project Lead The Way biomedical course.
In East Longmeadow, Mapleshade Elementary received $12,500 for an elementary school STEM course and East Longmeadow High School received $35,000 for an engineering course.
“Despite our state’s leadership in high-tech manufacturing, our state and Western Mass in particular are not producing enough skilled workers to fill available jobs. Training our young people for the jobs of the future is about protecting our communities’ economic security. Vocational training programs in Western Mass are showing great success, and these grants will help them continue to improve and serve as models for the state and region,” said Sen. Lesser, who serves as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
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 is the local provider of the teacher training for Project Lead The Way.
The STEM High Quality Career Pathways Grant is funded by the state’s STEM Advisory Council and the Workforce Skills Cabinet with private support from Mass STEM Hub. The grant funds the costs of curriculum, equipment and professional development.