FITCHBURG — The Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School was recently awarded a STEM Equipment and Teacher Professional Development grant by the Massachusetts Life Science Center, the school announced in a press release.
The $110,000 grant will add “state-of-the-art” virtual dissection technology to the Monty Tech science labs, according to the press release. Students will also be able to study college-level anatomy and physiology through a dual enrollment program with Fitchburg State University, which was developed with support from FSU’s School of Health and Natural Sciences.
Monty Tech Director of Academic Programs Christina Favreau said the school was “grateful” for the investment in its students and shared her excitement about the dual enrollment program. FSU School of Health and Natural Sciences Dean Jennifer Hanselman, Ph.D., also celebrated the collaboration.
“We are so pleased to expand our offerings through this partnership,” Favreau said. “We are fortunate to have science instructors who are invested in creating opportunities for our students, as well as inspiring partners at Fitchburg State.”
“The benefits of dual enrollment for students are great, both developmentally and financially,” she said.
“This grant supports our collaborative effort to strengthen and streamline Monty Tech students’ pathway to a STEM or health profession,” Hanselman said. “We are thrilled that this engaging, hands-on course will have access to the equipment and technology needed to support student learning.”
The advanced visualization and virtual dissection tool will be used primarily in the school’s academic science courses, as well as Monty Tech’s Health Occupations and Veterinary Science vocational programs, according to the press release. Elizabeth Flanagan, a science instructor at Monty Tech, said the technology would “enhance many of our labs” and offer students access to education “in a way that was previously unavailable at the high school level.”
“This tool allows us to focus more time on learning with an interactive approach, which is always a win for students,” she said.
Monty Tech was one of 20 programs awarded funding through the program. Located in Fitchburg, the public high school provides 1,435 high school students from 18 cities and towns with a “comprehensive” academic program and “cutting-edge” vocational-technical programs.