Bourne Public Schools Receives Capital Grant to Purchase Ambulance Simulator
BOURNE — Superintendent Kerri Anne Quinlan-Zhou and Program Director Kelly Cook are pleased to announce that Bourne Public Schools has received a $75,000 Skills Capital Grant from the Baker-Polito Administration. .
The funding will allow the school to purchase an ambulance simulator, medical beds and medical equipment. The space will also be offered to community partners to support certification programs such as EMT training, CNA training, and first aid/CPR certifications.
Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Office of Workforce Skills, which was established in 2015 to align education, economic development and workforce policies to strategize on how to meet employer demand for skilled workers in each region of the Commonwealth.
The grant, which was requested by Ann-Marie Strode, Career Schools Coordinator at Bourne High School, and Kimberly Iannucci, Senior Guidance Counselor, will help prepare students for a variety of medical and healthcare fields through first aid certification courses and other related courses.
“Having this equipment will open many doors for our students and give us the opportunity to expand our course offerings to provide students with real hands-on training experiences in a meaningful way,” Strode said.
An ambulance simulator will be a major part of BPS’ efforts to implement a healthcare pathway at Bourne High, part of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Innovation Pathways initiative. . Innovation tracks are designed to give students lessons and experience in specific high-demand industries, and the school has already applied for an environmental and life sciences track and a business and in finance for the 2022-2023 school year. These “real-world” pathways offer great flexibility for students seeking hands-on experiences and high-level coursework that will prepare them for both college and a career.
The healthcare pathway would be the third such pathway at BHS and would give students access to practical, real-world training to prepare them for careers in medicine, nursing, emergency medical services, etc
Strode runs the school’s career readiness course and collects data on which courses students show interest in.
“There has never been a more important time to enter the healthcare field, and we are excited to continue to provide high quality education to students through the use of this ambulance simulator,” said said director Cook. “A lot of what we emphasize here at Bourne is preparing students for life after graduation and entering the world, whatever that might be like, and these pathways do just that. Being able to launch a health course would be a considerable asset for our school and we thank the Baker-Polito administration for this latest grant which will allow us to take another step towards its realization.
About Skills Capital Grants
Since 2015, 407 grants totaling over $105.5 million have been awarded to 207 different schools and educational institutions across the Commonwealth through the Skills Capital Grant scheme.
In the latest round of funding, grants totaling $3.3 million were awarded to 20 educational organizations across the Commonwealth to update equipment and increase the number of students enrolled in programs that provide vocational training. To date, more than $105.5 million in total funding has been provided to high schools, colleges and other educational organizations since the program‘s inception in 2015.
About two-thirds of the investments made with the grants are aimed directly at reducing skills gaps in high-priority industrial sectors, including health care, manufacturing, IT and skilled trades. A percentage of the funding, approximately 5%, was invested in multi-year strategic projects in the manufacturing, healthcare and energy training programs that are expected to have significant regional impact.
To learn more about the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grants program, click here.