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   The education and business communities of Manchester share a vision of an educational system that prepares our students for the challenge of a more global society. Our school district must do its part to support students on the path to being productive, enlightened members of the community. New Hampshire needs more graduates with skill and knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) to drive its economic development. To that end, we establish the following aspirations for STEAM Ahead New Hampshire at Manchester High School West:

• Increase the number of high school graduates who can pursue STEAM careers.

• The arts shall be integrated into the curriculum; creativity of thought and expression shall be part of STEAM at Manchester High School West.

• Establish pathways that enable students to pursue STEAM education and preparation in higher education by providing paths to higher education at both the community college and the university levels.

• Students will be provided the opportunity to earn a minimum of one year of college credits (30), at no cost to the student, while they are also earning their high school diplomas. This has the potential of saving students the cost of one full year of college tuition. Students will also gain direct admission to Manchester Community College and the University System of New Hampshire colleges.

• Students will be provided the opportunity to engage in a rigorous and relevant array of courses and other educational opportunities that will inspire them to acquire the required skills to be successful in securing employment directly following high school in STEAM-related fields and/or to gain admittance to college.

• Students will receive opportunities to enhance their education and to earn high school and college credit through internships at area businesses and community organizations such as the Palace Theatre and the Currier Museum of Art.

• STEAM Ahead will collaborate with FIRST to align the FIRST experience with high school and college curriculum for credit.

• Teachers will be provided with a wide variety of professional development opportunities through programs coordinated with our higher education partners and the business community. There will also be opportunities to increase the number teachers who have advanced degrees in their subject areas.

For more information about the STEAM Ahead initiative, please contact Bob Baines at:603-263-7883 or

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