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Accomplishments

 

Matching Funds — In the FY06 state budget The Technology Initiative received a substantial earmarking for $250,000 to support its flagship programs. This builds on funds received over the last three years ($150,000-FY03, $75,000-FY 04, and $75,000-FY05) from the legislature, requiring a 200% match for the private sector. Each year those matches have been exceeded thanks to over $700,000 in support from Raytheon, IBM, Intel, Analog Devices, Biogen-Idec, Genzyme, NStar, Verizon, Hewlett-Packard, Fidelity and ten other companies. Additionally, the Technology Initiative has been awarded over $960,000 in competitive grants to support its flagship programs.

 

Total funds raised over four years = $2.2 million.

 

Flagship Programs — Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology(LIFT²), High School STEM Internship Collaborative, Center for Women and Minorities in STEM —We have developed state-of-the-art programs serving 15 Metro South/West School systems, as well as several parochial and private schools. The Technology Initiative programs are preparing:

 

  • 85 middle and high school math and science teachers to prepare and motivate students for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers (reaching approximately 6,000 students)
  • 150+ high school students annually for STEM internships
  • 140 middle school students annually (half are female and minorities) through fun and engaging science, engineering, and robotics after-school experiences.

 

Leadership Network — We actively participate in the Legislature's Science and Technology Caucus, Massachusetts STEM Collaborative Executive Committee, Business and Educators for Schools and Technology (BEST), Retired School Volunteers Association (RSVA), MassCUE, and Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD).

 

Higher Education Partnerships — We collaborate with Framingham State College for academic leadership and graduate course offerings for LIFT² teacher participants and their school administrators in classroom and online settings.

 

We work with Framingham State College and MassBay Community College as a member of the Greater Boston West STEM Network.

 

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council BioTeach Grant — We are one of three Regional Employment Boards to partner with the Biotech Council on a $1.3 million grant that provides new biology lab equipment and supplies to schools in these three regions in the first phase of the grant, and subsequently, to schools state-wide. The grant also funds teacher training for two teachers from each school receiving an equipment grant.

 

We are the lead partner in a state pilot program (2005-06 academic year) helping guidance counselors and biology teachers in six school systems develop life sciences career development programs for students.