Midland Innovation & Technology Charter School
Midland Innovation + Technology Charter School is a response to the needs of diverse children from underserved communities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania and to the “skills gap” in the region’s job market in its first reindustrialization in more than a century. MITCS is committed to authentic learning, essentially “learning by doing”, by providing hands-on opportunities for students in grades 9 through 12 in eight unique disciplines beginning in September 2022.
As Midland and the surrounding tri-state region experience the transformational impact of its burgeoning gas and petrochemicals industries, MITCS will be a generator of innovative thinking, deep
learning, and collaborative engagement that builds better futures for current and rising generations.
MITCS will be intentionally diverse. One of its initial hires, a Director of Diversity, Student Recruitment and Family Relations, will proactively work to attract children from distressed neighborhoods and districts by offering hands-on training in disciplines to which they would otherwise
never be exposed, including; Petrochemical Studies, Transportation and Logistics, Safety Engineering, Sustainable Water, Aviation Technology, Gaming and Simulations, Healthcare Innovations, and American Enterprise and Global Studies all in response to the regional workforce needs now and in the years ahead. Those stimulating courses will provide opportunities for students to obtain industry apprenticeships, certification, licensing, and/or college level credit and pave the way to improved outcomes in reading, math, and state assessments.
MITCS will provide students with: authentic, engaging, and personally relevant programs of learning; real-world opportunities to develop in-demand 21st Century skills that prepare them for post-secondary success; an inspiring, high-quality hands-on learning experience; and a personalized education plan that includes high expectations and expressly articulates career and college readiness as a goal.
MITCS will use CSP funds to cover start-up costs associated with administrative hiring, student recruitment and marketing, computers and technology, curriculum and courseware, and classroom and laboratory equipment and supplies.