Pentucket Regional High School Receives $140,000 State Grant to Increase Career Skills Education

Tuesday July 09, 2024

WEST NEWBURY – Superintendent Justin Bartholomew is pleased to announce that Pentucket Regional Middle High School has been awarded a $140,301 Skills Capital Grant from the state.

This spring, nearly $15 million in Skills Capital Grants were awarded to schools across the state to support upgrading technology and instructional lab spaces, expanding career programs for young people and adults, and increasing capacity in workforce training programs across Massachusetts.

Pentucket’s funding will be used to purchase industrial-grade equipment for the school’s manufacturing, robotics, engineering, life sciences, and biology programs.

The state designated Pentucket as an Innovation Career Pathway school in April, in Manufacturing and in Environmental and Life Sciences. Pathway programs provide students with work-based experiential learning in high-paying, high-demand industries, meeting the growing needs of the region’s economy.

Pentucket students entering Grades 9-11 in the fall will begin required course sequences, and create a capstone project or complete a workplace internship.

The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by the state’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which aligns education, economic development, and workforce policies to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in every region of Massachusetts. The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions demonstrating partnerships with local businesses and aligning curriculum and credentials with industry demand to maximize hiring opportunities.

“Thank you to the Healey-Driscoll Administration for supporting our efforts to expand workforce offerings at Pentucket,” Superintendent Bartholomew said. “We recognize the important role we play in supporting the regional economy and are excited to begin our new pathways in the fall.”

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