Local High Schools Given Grants To Develop Manufacturing Curriculum

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NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio)— Students at 20 schools from all around Massachusetts will get hands on learning experience and career development opportunities thanks to new grants from the Innovation Pathway program.

The Executive Office of Education announced Monday the Baker-Polito administration was awarding $452,000 in grants to 20 schools across the commonwealth to create a program where students can take classes in advanced manufacturing. Part of the program includes access to internships with local companies to advance students career development.

“These programs will provide students with more opportunities for future success in high-demand fields at a time during which it is increasingly important to close workforce gaps throughout the Commonwealth," Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement.

North Attleboro High School received a $24,739 grant from this program to kickstart their curriculum. Starting next year, the school will begin offering classes in robotics, mechanical and electric engineering, and graphic design through this grant. Students will also get the opportunity to get internships with local businesses.

"Our goal is to formulate those partnerships with local employers so that we can provide students with work-based learning," Lisa Magit of the Attleboro Area School to Work Local Partnership said in an interview with WBZ.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) has more on which local businesses will be involved in North Attleboro's program.

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