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Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Labor & Workforce Secretary Walker, Housing & Economic Development Secretary Ash (not pictured) and Education Secretary Peyser announce Skills Capital Program grant awards.

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, along with members of their Skills Cabinet, awarded $2.2 million in Skills Capital Grants to 10 high schools, community colleges and educational institutions that will use the funds to purchase updated equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries.

The Eagle Tribune reports on one of the grants, awarded to Methuen High School:

img_9827This fall, students will have a whole slew of new technology at their fingertips.

In Methuen Public Schools, students are already used to technology-driven education: each student at the high school is given an iPad for academic purposes, state standardized tests are taken on Chromebook laptops, and teachers use SMART Boards and Google Classroom to augment their lessons and assign work to students.

But the district is taking that “21st century” learning to the next level with a new Innovation Lab that will include everything from robotics kits to computer programming stations to 3D printers.

The Innovation Lab will be funded by a $174,331 grant through the state’s Skills Capital Grants program, which provides funding for schools to purchase equipment and expand skills training programs that help gear students towards careers in growing industries, according to a state press release.

Methuen Superintendent of Schools Judith Scannell said the new technology would help students learn and hone new skills, and set them on pathways for their careers after high school.

“This is really college and career-readiness skills, and of course we want the best for our kids and we want them to be ready when they graduate from Methuen High School to either walk into the workforce or continue at the college level,” Scannell said.

Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced the funding at an event earlier in June at the Statehouse, which Scannell attended along with Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Brandi Kwong. Scannell said it was Kwong and her team who were responsible for securing the grant for Methuen schools.

Read more from the Eagle Tribune here.

Marlborough Public Schools were also among those receiving Skills Capital grants this round, with Mayor Arthur Vigeant on hand to accept the $240,000 grant. More from Wicked Local Marlborough:

Marlborough Public Schools was one of the few comprehensive secondary programs to receive this award. It will allow the district to make further enhancements to its robotics and advanced manufacturing, automated systems, and simulation software programs. In addition, the grant will support work-based learning for students at Hildreth, Marlborough’s alternative high school.

“Receiving the 2017 Skills Capital Grant award is just another indicator that Marlborough Public Schools is leading the way in designing an educational model that truly prepares learners for the demands of the 21st century,” said Dan Riley, the director of the STEM Program for the Marlborough Public Schools. “These new resources will build upon the solid foundation we have in the areas of advanced manufacturing and robotics. Our program will continue to be second to none.”

“The Marlborough Public Schools is extremely pleased that we have received this grant which aligns with our district’s associate’s degree program in advanced manufacturing,” said Superintendent Maureen Greulich. “This generous grant will allow our district to continue to embrace and promote work-based learning for our students.”

Read the press release about the grant award.

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