Chaplin: Virtual dissection table ‘incredible’ acquisition
DUDLEY — In December, Gov. Charlie Baker announced $11.7 million in vocational grants for educational institutions statewide. Shepherd Hill Regional High School received $100,000 to enhance their Biomedical Science Pathway with the purchase of a Virtual Dissection Table.
The Skills Capital Grants are competitive grants, which are awarded to educational institutions across the Commonwealth to be used to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs and pathways that provide hands on real world experience and amplify the learning in the classroom. Shepherd Hill was designated an Innovations Pathway School by the Commonwealth in 2018 with the creation of their Biomedical Science Pathway and its Manufacturing Engineering Pathway.
This is the second Skills Capital Grant awarded to Shepherd Hill. In 2019, the school was awarded a $323,000 Skills Capital Grant to renovate and update their Manufacturing Engineering Lab within the school.
“At a critical time in our Commonwealth, these skills capital grants will increase flexibility and support for schools and educational institutions to launch new programs and help more students develop important technical skills and prepare them for high-demand industries,” said Gov. Baker in a statement.
Shepherd Hill principal William Chaplin said “this is a wonderful opportunity in the advancement in how we reach our students within our Biomedical Science classes. To be able to utilize the same virtual dissection table that is used at UMass Medical School within our classes at Shepherd Hill is incredible. As we look to the future of work in the Commonwealth in 2021 and beyond, most opportunities are presented with STEM fields, with an increasing number of jobs being created in robotics, artificial intelligence and automation. Grant funding like this can help deliver educational opportunities for our students that will be a critical element in their future success in post-secondary life.”