DEER ISLE — Project Launch at Deer Isle-Stonington High School was among four education initiatives recently awarded $5,000 grants by MaineSpark.
The grants, totaling $20,000, were for innovative initiatives promoting postsecondary success for underrepresented student populations. Other recipients were Oxford Hills Community Education Exchange, Rural Aspirations and the University of Maine at Machias. The grants were made possible with support from the MELMAC Education Foundation and Educate Maine.
Project Launch offers support for students who do not go directly into a postsecondary program and will partner with local employers and businesses to create internship, apprenticeship and job placement opportunities. Project Launch also will partner with the Island Institute to allow students to participate in planned education and training events next spring. Events will include a college and career day, artists and makers conference and a youth entrepreneurship week during April 2021 school vacation.
The University of Maine at Machias will offer an Early College Summer Institute (tentatively planned for July 2020, which may change due to COVID-19) at UMM for approximately 60 high school students focused on three different academic areas: Graphic Novel, Wildlife Law and Psychology and Community Studies.