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Maryknoll’s New High School Programs Prepare Students for the Careers of the Future story and photography by Nick Huth
Learning to fly a plane even before learning to drive a car might sound like something out of a wild dream, but it’s just one of many exciting out-of-the-box opportunities available to Maryknoll high school students in the new Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace this fall. hen parents find out that their child could already be pursuing their goal of becoming a pilot, they’re totally amazed,” says John Madriaga, the director of Mx STEM & Aerospace. “The families in the program are very excited for this school year. The students will learn about engineering, drones and robotics not as extracurricular activities, but actually in their classes!” Mx STEM & Aerospace is one of four Mx Scholar Programs that Maryknoll School is introducing, and is the first to launch in the fall of 2016. Next year, in the fall of 2017, all four Mx Scholar Programs will be underway, offering innovative high school courses related to the industries that are driving the careers of
Maryknoll is also enhancing its K-8 curriculum to prepare students in grade school and middle school to make the most of their high school Mx experience. As one example of how this is happening, new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering courses are being introduced in grades 6-8 this year as preparation for the PLTW courses for Mx STEM & Aerospace in grades 9-12. Maryknoll’s continuum of learning from kindergarten through graduation is being guided and shaped by Shana Tong ’83, who was previously the Grade School Principal for K-8 and has now taken on a new leadership position as Vice President of Academic Affairs and K-12 Principal.
the future: STEM & Aerospace, Medical Innovation, Business & Diplomacy, and Creative Arts & Expression. “Career pathways are evolving rapidly in our globalized, technology-driven economy,” says Perry Martin, Maryknoll School president. “Even just 10 years ago, prior to the economic recession, job opportunities were dramatically different than they are today. We saw these changes, and we looked at our students’ bold ambitions and bright potential. It was clear that we needed to enhance the opportunities we are giving them so they can succeed beyond graduation, even beyond getting into a good college. That’s how the Mx Scholar Programs were created.” The Mx Scholar Programs cover the high school grades from 9-12, but