By Bill Cantwell
---- — Local high school students will learn about careers in the growing clean energy field through workshops and internships at local companies.
Haverhill High and other area high schools will receive more than $50,000 in grants to help students learn about the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math and jobs that are becoming available.
The money comes from the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, which helps students and other people in the region find jobs and develop careers, said state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, who represents part of Haverhill.
The grant money is designed to boost the number of high school graduates pursuing STEM majors in college by providing them workshops, internships with area clean energy companies, and visits to those companies, DiZoglio said. The program will also expose area teachers in clean energy concepts, she said.
DiZoglio said clean energy jobs are on the rise in Massachusetts. From 2011 to 2012, those jobs increased by 11.2 percent statewide, she said. There are 5,000 clean energy companies in Massachusetts which employ 72,000 people, she said.
“The clean energy industry is blossoming across the commonwealth and creating amazing job opportunities,” DiZoglio said. “I’ve long believed the way to achieve job creation is through public-private partnerships like these, coupled with the right education and industry training.
“These grants could not come at a better time for professionals, educators and students in the Merrimack Valley,’’ she said.
School Superintendent James Scully said Haverhill High has a new focus on clean energy studies and the jobs available to students who choose that field.
He said the grant money will boost the school’s efforts to help students interested in pursuing that field.
“We’re very pleased to be receiving this funding,’’ Scully said. “It’s in line with the new STEM strategy we have at the high school. It complements what’s happening with those students studying enviornmental sciences and related fields.’’
How the money helps students
Provides workshops to teach them about clean energy careers
Creates student internships with area clean energy companies
Arranges for students to visit those companies
Makes teachers familiar with clean energy concepts they can use in the classroom
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