Whether Barnstable students are looking to launch a career right after graduation or pursue postsecondary studies, BHS is developing career-aligned course sequences, meaningful interdisciplinary, project-based learning, and opportunities for relevant work-based learning. Career pathways are available in engineering, environmental science and technology, law, society and criminal justice, creative economies, health care, culinary arts and hospitality, and early education and care.
Environmental Science & Technology Career Pathway Partner
Barnstable High School will soon be getting a million-dollar state-of-the-art classroom for its Environmental Science and Technology Career Pathway program, thanks in part to $350,000 in state grants.
The Baker-Polito administration announced the funding in late August 2019 from the state’s Mass Skills Grant program, which is awarded to organizations that support career and technical education. Barnstable received $250,000 this summer and $100,000 earlier this year.
“I am delighted that we are receiving funding from the Baker administration supporting the needs of our students, as well as the needs of our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Meg Mayo-Brown. “Barnstable High School students will have the opportunity to engage in a rigorous academic pathway, and have an advantage in college and career options.”
Barnstable Town Council had previously approved $1 million for the new Marine Environmental Lab, which will be created by merging two existing classrooms at the high school. The new lab will include a science classroom on one side and 3,500 gallons of freshwater and saltwater tanks on the other. Because the lab will hold so much water, the bump-out classroom requires its own drains and HVAC system. There will also be a new, free-standing greenhouse, and the students will have access to ponds located on and near school grounds.
Construction plans are well underway, so students will be able to watch the progress in the spring as their classroom takes shape. It is expected to be finished in the summer of 2020 – just in time for the next school year.
"Students in the Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) program will study water quality, which is an issue of critical importance on Cape Cod," commented Jennifer Caron, Science Curriculum Coordinator. The goal is to expose the students to as many water-related issues as possible so they can understand the importance of water quality.
Whether students want to be environmental engineers or oyster farmers, Caron noted that the district wants them to have a very good understanding that everything they do in the water has an impact on humans and the whole ecosystem.
The community has embraced the program, with partners coming from many business sectors including municipalities, local chambers, STEM education organizations, and others related to environmental protection and water quality. Current program partners include:
- Town of Barnstable
- Cape Cod Commission
- Cape & Islands Workforce Development Board
- Cape Cod Regional STEM Network
- Barnstable Clean Water Coalition
- Barnstable Department of Public Works
- Department of Environmental Protection—Southeast Regional Office
- Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
- Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical High School
- Aquaculture Research Corporation
- Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
- Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
The ES&T program is one of Barnstable High School’s Career Pathway options – courses that prepare students for high-demand careers by providing hands-on training in their selected fields of study. Other Career Pathway choices at Barnstable High School include Engineering, Law, Society & Criminal Justice, Creative Economies, Health Care, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, and Early Education & Care.
Contact Jennifer Caron, Science Curriculum Coordinator: 508-790-6445 x1031 for more information about the Environmental Science and Technology Career Pathway, or to become a program partner.
Internships with Local Businesses & Organizations
In order to support career exploration, district high school seniors have a choice of yearlong internships with police, fire, hospitality businesses, ArtWorks, local and state government, child development organizations, Cape Cod Hospital, B2B Television, and numerous other local businesses.
Blue Economy Careers: Water Quality Certification
BPS offers an environmental technology program with a focus on water quality issues. This “Blue Economy” program offers students the ability to begin work in the industry after four years of instruction, and after passing a state exam or pursuing their studies at the college or university level.
School Redesign & Innovation
Barnstable has attracted the interest of public and private funders to support innovation and school redesign. The district has received over $500,000 in recent funding to support career exploration and new pathways for students in grades 6–12, as well as a redesign and re-imagination of teaching and learning at Barnstable Intermediate School.
In partnership with SCORE Cape Cod and other local business education organizations, Barnstable Public Schools offers a variety of entrepreneurship education programs to teach students how to launch and operate a successful business—especially on Cape Cod. Programs include business and financial planning, and marketing and sales skill building.
Nicolas Caprio, CLASS OF 2019
My five years at Barnstable High School will be remembered fondly. There’s something special about representing your hometown, whether academically or athletically. This school is really special, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it. From teachers’ willingness to help after school to a good conversation with Mr. Clark, Barnstable provided it. I think that one of the most important aspects of a school system is an educator’s ability to care for the student, and I feel that it was displayed throughout the building every day. This school has taught me so much over the past five years and I am forever grateful for the life lessons I have learned. Barnstable will always have a special place in my heart. Stable for life.