February 27 2020

Burlington Schools Receive $225,700 Skills Capital Grant from State

By: BNEWS

Burlington Public Schools is one of 54 educational institutes that have been named as recipients of a special grant from the state. 

 

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced $14.6 million in Skills Capital Grant awards to 54 educational institutions to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education. 

 

Burlington's award is for $225,700. The high school plans to improve the equipment in its Innovation Pathway program in information technology, a release states. The school will purchase new computers, robotics, augmented/virtual reality equipment in order to expose more students to computer science. The school is currently limited in the number of students who can access the program due to equipment constraints.

 

BNEWS did a report on the Innovation Pathway program that you can see here

 

This is the first time that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded multi-year Skills Capital Grants, and high schools, colleges and other educational institutions applying for this round of grants were able to apply for either one or two years of funding. 

 

“Skills Capital Grants help preserve the Commonwealth’s talent pipeline by funding expanded enrollment and equipment upgrades at educational institutions to provide more students with in-demand skills sought by employers,” said Governor Baker. “The inaugural multi-year grants offered this round will also increase flexibility and support for institutions launching new programs, allowing more students to develop important technical skills.”

 

 “The Massachusetts economy is firing on all cylinders, yet there remains a tight job market when it comes to skilled jobs, and Skills Capital Grants have enabled thousands of students across the Commonwealth to gain knowledge and skills in order to be competitive in the job market,” said Lt. Governor Polito.  

 

To date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $78 million in Skills Capital Grants to 280 different programs, the release states. Through Skills Capital Grants, schools have expanded their enrollment capacity in high-demand occupations, enabling more than 14,500 additional students to enroll in educational programs that are a priority for employers across Massachusetts.

 

Photo: Gov. Charlie Baker, Burlington Public Schools Director of IT Dennis Villano and State Rep. Ken Gordon. (Courtesy photo)


 

 
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