CARVER — Superintendent Scott Knief is pleased to announce that Carver Public Schools was awarded grant funding to support its Innovations Pathways Program.
Carver Public Schools was awarded $75,000 from the Baker-Polito Administration as part of the administration’s Skills Capital Grant program. These grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand to maximize hiring opportunities in each region of the state.
Additionally, Carver Public Schools was awarded $93,000 from the Baker-Polito Administration as part of the Innovation Pathways Implementation and Support Grant Program.
To date, this is the largest grant that the Carver Public School district has been able to attain in relation to Innovation Pathways. The grant is specifically designed to support the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Pathway (MET) and the Environmental Architectural Science Pathway (EAS). The MET and EAS pathways are two of Carver Public Schools’ current pathways which were deemed as Innovation Pathways by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The funding from both the Innovation Pathways Implementation Grant and the Skills Capital Grant will be used to improve Carver Public School’s Innovation Pathways Program.
The grants will be used to fund the addition of equipment to the Manufacturing Engineering Technology space including a laser engraver, lathe, drill press and upgrades for the school’s CNC Milling Machine. Grant funding will also provide specific training related to cobots, also known as collaborative robots, for students who may one day work alongside or engineer this technology in the future.
Additionally, grant funds will be used to purchase a gardening shed that will serve as space for both storage and potting seedlings. Grant funds will contribute to the upgrade of the schools existing nature trail and provide interdisciplinary projects for students in Carver Public Schools’ Environmental Agricultural Sciences and Health & Wellness programs. Funding will also cover some student-facing expenses including industry-related credentialing and a day with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation.
“On behalf of the entire school district, I would like to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for these generous grants,” said Superintendent Knief. “These grants allow us to give our students the hands-on experience they need in order to excel in their future professions.”