Barnstable High business students are the pipeline of our future

Visiting Barnstable High School on Thursday to meet students of the school’s fledgling Business, Entrepreneurship & Finance Innovation Pathway, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito declared the future of the commonwealth is bright.

“We’re here to spotlight and shine a big light on what you’re accomplishing in this school,” Polito said. “The day of not knowing what your future is going to be is in the rearview mirror. You are the pipeline of our future growth.”

Polito heard auditorium presentations from students studying in the Business Management and Leadership classes, headed by Monice Maurice and Brent Jansen. She also toured the $1.2 million Environmental Science Laboratory that a $350,000 Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant helped make possible.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito makes her way past a hydroponic garden, as teacher Mike Smith, center left, gives an overview of the new classroom during her visit to Barnstable High School to learn about the Innovation Pathway program and the environmental science and technology classes at the school.

Since Barnstable became a pathway school two years two, the school’s DECA Club, short for Distributive Education Clubs of America, grew from 10 students to 180 pre-pandemic, said Liz Freedman, Barnstable High School principal. Now, the group is rebuilding, giving students the chance to gain career and community leadership skills by connecting with the local workforce.

New to the high school this school year, Freedman most recently served 12 years as principal of the Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover. Her pride in Barnstable High’s budding business internship program closely aligns with that of schools Superintendent Meg Mayo-Brown.