Westfield receives STEM grant

Dr. Suzanne Scallion

WESTFIELD – Westfield Public Schools is set to receive a $ 44,333 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grant from the state.
Thirty-one communities will receive the $3.2 million grant for new programs at vocational schools and public high schools in Gateway Cities across the state.
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray announced the grants at Nashoba Valley Technical High School earlier this month. Murray was at the school during a tour of the state’s 63 vocational technical schools
The announcement was jointly made by Murray and representatives of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), a quasi-public entity created as part of a $1 billion initiative to create jobs in the life sciences industry and to promote scientific research aimed toward improving the human condition.
Westfield Public Schools Superintendent Suzanne Scallion said there was “great excitement” in the district surrounding the grant.
Scallion credited Grant Writer Michelle Santangelo and Director of 21st Century Learning
Eileen Yachym for writing the grant application.
“They deserve the credit,” Scallion said. “I’m very happy.”
The $3.2 million grant will benefit 31 communities, including a grant of $195,019.93 to Holyoke High School and Dean Technical High School and Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield was awarded $100,000.

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