@Scale Phase II Projects (2012)
In December 2012, the Governor's STEM Advisory Council approved the selection of five projects under Phase II of @Scale. The STEM Council awarded a total of $428,000 in @Scale grants. These projects address goals 4 and 6 of the state STEM Plan:
- Post-Secondary Graduation Rate Improvement
- Workforce Development (including projects that engage vocational technical schools, community colleges, and public universities)
|Project||Lead Partner||Award||Private Match||Numbers Served Per Semester|
|"Big Data"||Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC)||$89,280||$275,000||Over 50 students; 10 teachers|
|"ABLE4STEM"||University of Massachusetts (UMass)||$77,000||$204,000||Over 25 students|
|"STEM Power Workforce Network"||Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board (WIB)||$125,000||$449,905||Over 60 trainees; 96 employers|
|"Western Regional Partnership"||McCann Technical School||$62,000||$282,500||80 students; 8 teachers|
|"STEM Pathways Project" (SSPP)||Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)||$75,000||$120,635||80-100 students; 10 faculty|
BATEC’s “Big Data” program provides training to students as well as displaced and incumbent workers seeking to upgrade or develop their knowledge and skills in information technology. BATEC plans to expand their programming to Holyoke, Northern Essex, Quinsigamond and Roxbury Community Colleges.
UMass' “ABLE4STEM” is a program focused on underrepresentated minorities to promote associate and baccalaureate degree completion at all four UMass undergraduate campuses and the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges.
Central Massachusetts WIB’s “STEM Power” project re-engineers Career Center practices, procedures and policies to provide a sector-based approach to nearly all facets of the services offered to dislocated workers including job-seeker STEM pathways outreach, orientation and education; STEM-related pathways career counseling; training; placement for job seekers; and STEM employer engagement and support. Sixteen local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and their One-Stop Career Centers are partners in this project.
McCann Technical School’s “Western Regional Partnership” is a workforce development project in the area of advanced manufacturing. The educational institutions that make up the STEM Western Regional Partnership currently offer Chapter 74-approved technical programming in advanced manufacturing, precision manufacturing and machine tools.
MCLA’s “STEM Pathways Project” (SSPP) promotes student success with the goal to increase graduation rates by providing strategic and successful initiatives which address students’ academic, experiential, and career awareness interests. MCLA’s SSPP employs a STEM retention plan, starting with activities for freshman and continuing through senior year. Administered through the MCLA Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE), the program delivers enhanced academic support, advising, and career planning, and marshals the efforts of both the academic affairs and student affairs divisions.