hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

September 5, 2013

Students have chance to explore promising careers


The Haverhill Gazette

---- — It’s the wave of the business future — and Haverhill High students have a chance to get on board.

Jobs with clean energy companies are growing across the state and the country.

From 2011 to 2012, jobs with those companies increased by 11.2 percent statewide. Massachusetts has 5,000 clean energy companies which employ a total of 72,000 people, state officials said.

And the number is expected to increase substantially in the next few years.

So it makes sense that Haverhill High is turning its attention to fields of study that can lead to jobs in that industry. The school is right to point students toward careers that pay well and promise a good future.

But the news is even better for Hillie students. Their school is receiving grant money that will get them closer to the clean energy industry. (See Page 1.)

The money is designed to help students learn about the so-called STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math — and related jobs that are becoming available.

“These grants could not come at a better time for professionals, educators and students in the Merrimack Valley,’’ said state Rep. Diana DiZoglio, D-Methuen, who also represents part of Haverhill.

She’s right.

The money is supposed 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.

Now it’s up to the school and its students to put the money to good use.

Haverhill High must make sure participating teachers are well-versed in the subject, so they can lead students down the correct road of learning about clean energy, letting them know what subjects to study in high school and college to break into the field.

The school must be aggressive in identifying companies willing to give tours to students so they can see the inner workings of the industry. School officials must especially look for companies willing to offer internships to bright, head-working students, giving them a potential start to a career.

And students, with the encouragement of their parents, must take advantage of the opportunity.

The chance to build a bright future is staring them in the face.