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Holyoke Community College has been awarded a $75,000 federal grant to boost career pathways programs at Holyoke’s William J. Dean Technical High School. 

The Career Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Implementation Grant will both expand existing programs and create new ones in three career pathway tracks: Manufacturing and Engineering; Healthcare; and Hospitality and Culinary Arts.  

The primary target group is Holyoke ninth graders in the school district’s new Freshman Academy, part of the school district’s redesign plan. As part of the Freshman Academy, students take a new, mandatory Explorations course to experience the different CTE pathways offered at Dean Tech.  

One of the goal’s of the grant, awarded through the state’s department of Elementary & Secondary Education, is to nearly triple the number of students enrolled in the three career pathways tracks at Dean from 53 currently to 134.

HCC’s partners in the project include Holyoke Public Schools and Springfield Technical Community College, as well as area employers such as the Log Cabin Banquet and Meeting House, Loomis Communities, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County and local career centers. 

The $75,000 is allocated to program development, a part-time program coordinator, student transportation, course instructors, and supplies.  

Posted on February 7, 2017 by