Bristol County Agricultural High School is getting $70,000 worth of new equipment and supplies after being chosen as one of 35 public high schools and training programs to receive grant funding through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Aggie, which has students from all 20 communities in Bristol County, will use the funding for equipment in its animal science program, which includes courses in biotechnology and veterinary assisting. The equipment will include video microscopes, an ultrasound machine, models to teach canine CPR and basic lab equipment.
Access to the new equipment, animal science department chairwoman Leslie Blanchette explained, will benefit the students.
“It’s going to make them more marketable for when they graduate to get jobs in the field,” said Blanchette, who wrote the grant application.