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Creating career pathways

Innovation Pathways are designed to give students coursework and experience in a specific high-demand industry, such as information technology, engineering, healthcare, life sciences and advanced manufacturing.

"It is incumbent upon us to do everything we can to ensure our students are ready to succeed in the 21st Century economy, and these new career pathways are one example of the work that is going on in our schools to do that." --- Governor Charlie Baker 

Launched in 2017, Innovation Pathways are designed to create strong partnerships with employers to expose students to career options, and help them develop knowledge and skills related to a particular field before they graduate high school. 

Innovation Pathways provide students in traditional high schools with career-oriented education that is too rarely available outside of vocational programs, according to Education Secretary James Peyser. These new pathways don’t train students for specific occupations, but prepare them for a variety of educational and career opportunities in a broad industry or sector.

The Baker-Polito Administration awards school districts in the Commonwealth grants to launch Innovation Pathways that connect students' learning to a particular career pathway by providing work-based learning experiences, along with rigorous college-level coursework.

The competitive implementation grants are made possible through a combination of funds from the Carl Perkins Career Technical Education grant, the state's STEM Advisory Council, and the funding obtained by DESE from the Council of Chief State School Officers, In partnership with JP Morgan Chase, for its New Skills for Youth initiative.

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