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70270019 - School to Career Connecting Activities
Data Current as of:  8/9/2016

Account Description FY2016
7027-0019 School to Career Connecting Activities
For school-to-career connecting activities; provided, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the board of elementary and secondary education, in cooperation with the executive office of labor and workforce development and the state workforce investment board, may establish and support a public-private partnership to link high school students with economic and learning opportunities on the job as part of the school-to-career transition program; provided further, that this program may include the award of matching grants to workforce investment boards or other local public-private partnerships involving local community job commitments and work site learning opportunities for students; provided further, that the grants shall require at least a 200 per cent match in wages for the students from private sector participants; provided further, that the program shall include, but not be limited to, a provision that business leaders commit resources to pay salaries, to provide mentoring and instruction on the job and to work closely with teachers; provided further, that public funds shall pay for the costs of connecting schools and businesses to ensure that students serve productively on the job; provided further, that not less than $150,000 shall be expended for The Bottom Line, Inc. to provide college transition and college retention services for low-income or aspiring first-generation college students; provided further, that not less than $250,000 shall be expended for a grant program to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, programs at vocational technical high school programs; provided further, that grants may be used to support school partnerships with startups, technology industry stakeholders, institutions of higher education, municipalities and other technology innovation stakeholders, including but not limited to nonprofit entities, to connect vocational technical high school students from demographics that are underrepresented in the innovation technology sector to careers and entrepreneurial opportunities within that sector; provided further, that grants shall be awarded through a competitive process established by the department of elementary and secondary education; provided further, that preference shall be given in awarding these funds to districts that serve a high percentage of high-needs students; provided further, that not less than $48,750 shall be expended for the continued operation of a pilot program at the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation to provide collaboration between public school districts and area manufacturers; and provided further, that no less than $250,000 shall be provided for a culinary arts program at South Hadley High School to provide vocational training to students

2,912,855 3,398,750

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