MSAD #37, in partnership with Machias Memorial High School, Jonesport-Beals High School, Washington Academy, and Milbridge Schools have applied for a FEDES grant to expand Career & Technical Education. MSAD #37 is the lead applicant in the grant.
The purpose of the grant is to add four new programs to Coastal Washington CIT. The new proposed programs are Automotive Mechanical Technology, Early Childhood Education, Diesel Mechanics, and Welding. Current programming include Culinary Arts, Building Trades, Health Occupations/CNA, and Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement.
The requested grant amount is $2.1 million. The amount would cover the purchase and renovation of a facility, startup equipment for programs, and operating costs for year one programming. Future costs would be covered through funding from the Maine State Department of Education.
Coastal Washington CIT remains the only region in Maine that does not have a central location to support Career & Technical Education. This expansion would be a first step in securing a central facility to house all CTE programs under one roof. Brian Leavitt, the Director of Coastal Washington CIT, states, “The students of Washington County deserve the same equitable resources and opportunities as the rest of Maine. This grant can begin to level the playing field for our students. It can begin the process of providing them with equal access to high quality technical training, knowledge, and job skills. For some students it will change their trajectory in life, keep them in school, and engage them in meaningful education. It will provide Washington County with trained and skilled workers and benefit the region economically.”
The grant awards will be released in January 2019 with new programming planned for the fall of 2019.
For more information on this grant application, expansion, or enrolling as a student in programming, please call Mr. Brian Leavitt at 207-255-3812.