Pathways to Prosperity
Last June, Massachusetts joined the Pathways to Prosperity network, a collaboration between the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Boston-based Jobs for the Future and six states committed to ensuring that many more young people complete high school, attain post-secondary credentials with value in the labor market, and begin a career while leaving open the prospect of further education. Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone recently announced that Massachusetts has been selected by the U.S. Office of Vocational and Adult Education as one of five states to participate in Advancing Career and Technical Education in State and Local Career Pathways Systems. Through this two-year career pathways project managed by Jobs for the Future, Massachusetts will receive technical assistance to integrate technical programs of study into broader career pathways. Hampden County will be the recipient of these services, and we are excited to report that West Springfield High School is in collaboration with the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), and employers in the precision manufacturing sector to develop pathways for advanced manufacturing careers. This outline of a Mechanical Engineering Technology program at STCC explains how our students will be able to connect to the Career Pathways program. Superintendent, Russell Johnston, is very excited about this initiative and what it will mean for WSHS students.