Governor Healey announced today a new Innovation Career Pathway designation for 27 High Schools across the state, expanding the program by more than 30 percent to reach a total of 78 high schools in the state.
Congratulations to Whitman-Hanson Regional High School on being awarded a Business and Finance; Healthcare and Social Assistance designation.
Innovation Career Pathways are designed to give students hands-on coursework and work-based learning experiences in a specific high-demand industry, such as Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology, Environmental and Life Sciences, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Business and Finance, which are the five Innovation Career Pathways that Massachusetts currently offers. Today’s announcement launches 35 new Innovation Career Pathways across those 27 high schools.
With these new programs, nearly one in five public high schools in Massachusetts will be offering Innovation Career Pathways. Governor Healey made the announcement today at Chelmsford High School, which currently offers students pathways in the fields of Business & Finance, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, and Life Sciences, and is a model of what a successful Innovation Career Pathway program can look like.
The Healey-Driscoll Administration predicts that in Fall 2023, over 820 additional students will be enrolled in these 35 new Innovation Career Pathways programs, with total enrollment across the state projected to exceed 6,500 students. 19 of the high schools earning designations this year will be offering Innovation Career Pathways for the first time, or 70% of awardees.
With these new designations, the total number of Innovation Career Pathways programs will now increase to 183 pathways at 78 schools across the Commonwealth. Governor Healey and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll’s FY24 budget proposal includes nearly $47 million for Early College and Innovation Career Pathways, a $14.4 million increase from FY23, to continue expanding college and career readiness options for students across the Commonwealth.