UHS Awarded Innovation Pathway Grant

Uxbridge High School Awarded Innovation Pathway Grant

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Tiano is proud to announce that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded Uxbridge High School a grant of $45,750 to support its Innovation Pathway programs.

UHS had its programs, known as Innovation Pathways, approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Spring 2019 in preparation for fall enrollment. More than 1,000 students are expected to be enrolled in programs at these 14 high schools, and across the Commonwealth more than 1,500 students are enrolled in early career programs at 26 high schools. UHS’ most recent Pathways are in biomedical science and information science/digital media. In these pathways, as well as UHS’ engineering Pathway, students are able to choose an area of study  and gain knowledge and insight as to whether the field is something they are interested in pursuing, as well as earn college credits prior to graduation.

“The continued investment in our programs by the Baker-Polito Administration is validation of the work of our educators, our students, and our community,” Dr. Tiano said. “These resources allow us the opportunity to frame learning outcomes for our students in new and relevant ways, to provide professional development in critical areas, and to help us enhance student achievement, all of which supports the district’s strategic plan.”

“We continue to invest in new technologies and opportunities for students and staff to build the education of the future,” said UHS Principal Michael Rubin. “Our Pathways prepare students for an economy and educational system that is global in terms of its outcomes but local in terms of its delivery, and we appreciate the work of the Administration, our legislators, our local elected officials, and our faculty and staff in helping us continue to make many aspects of the learning real for our students.”

“These early career programs provide students a head-start in learning and thinking about future career options so that they are able to make informed decisions about what they want to pursue in college and beyond,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to continue to invest in these important programs that can shape a student’s future success.”

“Innovation Pathways are designed to build strong partnerships between high schools and local employers to offer students the knowledge and experience in growing, in demand industries throughout the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “By providing more young people hands-on career experiences, we can increase their skills and engage with them in a new, innovative and exciting way.”

Lt. Governor Polito made the announcement while visiting Brockton High School with Education Secretary James Peyser. Brockton High School received a $50,000 grant to launch an Innovation Pathway in Healthcare that will serve 193 students when fully enrolled. The school is partnering with the MassHire Greater Brockton Workforce Board, area employers and the Forsyth Institute Student Scholars Program. Students will take courses at Massasoit Community College, Bay State College and Bridgewater State University.

“We are working to build career exploration and skill building opportunities to students at every high school in Massachusetts. We are committed to ensuring all students, regardless of where they live or go to school, have the skills and knowledge to be successful in college and careers,” said Education Secretary James Peyser. 

“Innovation Pathways help show students what is possible and why their academics matter,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley. “Congratulations to each of the programs receiving an Innovation Pathway grant today.”

Schools that apply for state designation for career programs are required to follow five design principles:

  • Equitable access for all students
  • Guided academic pathway, which, in the case of Innovation Pathways, must relate to one of five specified broad industry sectors
  • Enhanced student supports
  • Relevant connections to career
  • Deep partnerships between high schools and employers or workforce development boards

In the past three years, Uxbridge has been awarded more than $600,000 in grant funds from various places to help enhance teaching, learning, and equipment infrastructure across the district.