For Immediate Release - January 30, 2013

Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $3.5 Million in Grants to Support Students in Gateway Cities

Funding will provide targeted supports for English language learners, career education and applied learning opportunities for students as part of Gateway Cities Education Agenda

SALEM – Wednesday, January 30, 2013 – Education Secretary Matthew Malone today announced $3.4 million in grants to support targeted English Language instruction and early career education for students across the Commonwealth as part of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Gateway Cities Education Agenda. This funding will provide critical support to students and their families in the Gateway Cities, and will further the Administration’s efforts to build a 21st century public education system that prepares all students for academic, career and lifelong success. 

The Gateway Cities Education Agenda, first proposed by Governor Deval Patrick in November 2011, aims to close persistent achievement gaps that disproportionately affect students living in lower-income communities, students of color, students who are English language learners and students with disabilities in the Commonwealth’s 24 Gateway Cities.  The FY13 state budget included $3.5 million in new funding to support the implementation of the Gateway Cities Education Agenda, and in particular, strategies focused on supporting English language learners and increasing career readiness for high school students. 

“The focus of the Gateway Agenda, and our number one priority in education, is creating opportunity for every child in the Commonwealth regardless of his or her background or circumstance,” said Governor Patrick. “These targeted supports for students will help us close achievement gaps more quickly and ensure that all of our students are prepared for success in the classroom and beyond.” 

Today’s awards, announced at the Nathaniel Bowditch K-8 School in Salem, one of today’s grant recipients, include $420,000 to support planning activities that will result in the establishment of Career Academies in ten Gateway Cities by September 2013 and $3 million to operate English language enrichment academies during the spring and summer of 2013 in twelve Gateway Cities across the Commonwealth. 

Once established, Career Academies will provide students with greater opportunities for early career exploration, offer more motivating educational experiences through applied learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom, and create multiple and seamless pathways to postsecondary educational and employment opportunities.  In addition, grant recipients will establish Education and Industry Coordinating Councils (EICCs) that are co-chaired by the public school district superintendent and the chair of the local Workforce Investment Board and include representatives from district high schools and charter schools, public and private institutions of higher education, industry partners, and local/regional employers.  Among other responsibilities, the EICCs will create robust job-embedded learning opportunities such as internships and externships for students enrolled in the Career Academies. 

The English language enrichment academies, which will include Summer English Language Academies as well as after-school, Saturday, or April vacation programs, will provide middle and high school English language learners in awarded communities with high-intensity, accelerated, and tailored learning opportunities. The summer academies will offer full-day services to students for at least four days per week and four consecutive weeks. All academies will be geared toward middle and high school students classified as English language learners and will accelerate their acquisition of English language and literacy skills in varied learning environments. 

“I am thrilled about the level of engagement in this work and the quality of the proposals we received, and the relationships that have been created among K-12 districts, higher education institutions, industry and workforce development partners, and community-based organizations,” said Education Secretary Matthew Malone. “We need to be about meeting each student where they are and giving them the supports they need to be successful. Our Gateway Cities Education Agenda is some of the most important and targeted work we do in our Commonwealth. ”

Career Academies Planning Grants

  • Barnstable - $40,000 to establish a Career Academy within Barnstable High School that will focus on culinary arts, hospitality/management and tourism, medical careers, early childhood education and care, environmental technologies, and the arts.  This Academy will be created in partnership with Cape Cod Community College, Cape Cod Health Care, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce.
  • Holyoke - $45,000 for the Holyoke Public Schools, Holyoke Community College, the City of Holyoke, and the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County to develop a Career Academy at Holyoke High School focused on health, information technology, and financial and business planning.   Partners include Holyoke Community College, University of Massachusetts, UMass Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, and Westfield State University.
  • Fall River - $45,000 to better prepare students for the growing job opportunities in the STEM fields through the creation of the Science, Engineering, and Math Career Academy.  This academy will be established in partnership with the Bristol County Training Consortium, the Fall River Career Center, Bristol Community College, UMass Dartmouth, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, the Atlantis Charter School, the Fall River Children’s Museum, BayCoast Bank, and Metalor Technologies.
  • Lawrence - $40,000 for the Lawrence Public Schools, Phoenix Academy Lawrence, and the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board to establish the Lawrence Career Academy which will focus on health and human services, manufacturing and innovation/entrepreneurship for small businesses.  Partners include the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lupoli Companies, Northern Essex Community College, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  • Lowell - $40,000 for the Lowell Public Schools and the Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board to convert the Molloy Alternative High School to the Entrepreneurial Career Academy, which focus on life sciences, health, and manufacturing.  Partners include the United Teen Equality Center, UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School, the Greater Lowell Technical School, the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, the Lowell Community Health Center, the Merrimack Small Business Center, Lowell General Hospital, the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, and the Career Center of Lowell.
  • Methuen - $40,000 to create a Biotech/Engineering Career Academy.  Partners include the Jean D’Arc Credit Union, Lucent Technologies, Northern Essex Community College, Pfizer, and Lahey Clinic.
  • New Bedford - $40,000 to launch the New Bedford Academy of Engineering within New Bedford High School that will focus on advanced manufacturing, clean energy, health care, and the STEM fields.  Partners include the New Bedford Economic Development Council, Lockheed-Martin, Precix Manufacturing, the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Marine Renewable Energy Center, Bristol Community College, UMass Dartmouth, the Southeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, EHealth Learning, First Citizens’ Bank, and the New Bedford Industrial Foundation.
  • Taunton - $40,000 for the Taunton Public Schools and the Bristol Workforce Investment board to create the Taunton Alternative High School Career Academy. This program will focus on students at risk of dropping out of school and will center in three areas: health care professions, early childhood education and information technology.  Partners include the Taunton Career Center, Bristol Community College, Bridgewater State University, Triumph, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson.
  • Springfield - $45,000 to pilot the English Language Learners’ Healthcare Career Academy within Commerce High School, which will help meet the growing needs of the local healthcare workforce and promote diversity within the allied science and healthcare fields in the greater Springfield area and Western Massachusetts.  Partners include the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, the Healthcare Workforce Partnership of Western Massachusetts, Springfield Technical Community College, and American International College.
  • Worcester - $45,000 for Worcester Public Schools and the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board to establish a Career Academy within North High School that will focus on STEM careers.  Partners include the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University and Quinsigamond Community College.

English Language Learners Enrichment Academies Grants 

  • Brockton - $325,000 to operate a spring and summer program to serve students with varying ranges of English proficiency levels with use of STEM content to increase students’ English language skills.   Partners include Massasoit Community College, Stonehill College, Bridgewater State University, and the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board.
  • Haverhill - $290,000 for the Haverhill Public Schools to pilot a five-week summer enrichment academy, focused on literacy and mathematics plus career readiness, which will serve middle and high school students.  Partners include UMass Lowell, Girls Inc. of Haverhill, and Northern Essex Community College.
  • Fall River - $235,000 to create a five-week intensive summer program centered on English language instruction, literacy workshops, and college awareness to help bridge the transition that English language learners face from middle school to high school.   The primary partner for this program is UMass Dartmouth. 
  • Fitchburg - $250,000 for the Fitchburg Public Schools to operate a summer program focused on English language acquisition, career awareness, and college readiness.  Partners include Mount Wachusett Community College, United Neighbors of Fitchburg, Inc., the Fitchburg Art Museum, and the North Central Charter Essential School.
  • Holyoke - $300,000 to implement a summer enrichment program that will lead students in small group tutorials, project-based workshops, and weekly field trips to institutions of higher education and community organizations.  Partners include the Connections 21st Century after School Program, the Enchanted Circle Theater, and the Western Massachusetts Writing Project.
  • Lowell - $325,000 to operate a Summer English Learning Academy for English language learners who need targeted academic support. Partners include the International Institute of Lowell, the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association, and Middlesex Community College.
  • Lynn - $300,000 to create a four-week summer program at the Lynn Vocational and Technical Institute.  Partners include Gordon College, Endicott College, Middlebury Interactive Languages and the Centerboard of Lynn.
  • Malden - $290,000 for the Malden School District to operate the Gateways for English Language Learners Enrichment Academy, a five week intensive day camp that will serve middle school English language learners.  The primary partner is Boston University. 
  • Revere - $238,225 to pilot two English language learner enrichment academies with the goal to improve English and academic skills in English, math and science.  The primary partner is Bunker Hill Community College.
  • Quincy - $214,609 to implement a summer academy that will focus on English language acquisition and increased content knowledge, particularly in science and the social sciences.  The primary partner is Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., a community-based organization.
  • Pittsfield - $100,000 to operate a spring and summer program for a diverse population of middle and high school English language learners, with a focus on building stronger partnerships with parents and family members. The primary partner for this program is Multicultural Bridge, an organization that will provide assistance with regard to parent/family engagement, cultural competence, and meeting the socio-emotional needs of English language learners.
  • Salem - $128,227 to implement a four-week university-based program for English language learners focused on the theme of work and career readiness while gaining English language skills and providing access to experiential learning opportunities related to regional workforce needs.  Partners include Salem State University, the Northeast Regional Readiness Center, the North Shore Workforce Investment Board, and the Essex National Heritage Commission.

In addition to the grant funding announced today, Governor Patrick recently proposed a $550 million investment in education, reaching $1 billion over four years, to expand access to high quality educational opportunities and make higher education more affordable for all students in Massachusetts. This historic investment would provide universal access to high quality early education for all children in Massachusetts from birth through age five; allow additional resources for high-need schools to extend learning time for students; increase Chapter 70 funding to K-12 districts; make higher education more affordable for students; and allow our community colleges to expand successful programs that are preparing students to thrive in the workplace. The Governor’s plan also includes $20 million in funding to implement all components of the Gateway Cities Education Agenda and local strategies to support English language learners, provide comprehensive support services to students and families, increase career readiness, increase early literacy, and promote innovation across the public education system.

To learn more about the Governor’s Gateway Cities Education Agenda, visit