(Source: Mass.gov) On February 25, 2016, Massachusetts's Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced $9.3 million in workforce skills equipment grants (MONEY!) to 35 high schools, community colleges and vocational training providers across the Commonwealth for vocational-technical education and training equipment purchases that connect Massachusetts students and residents to economic opportunities in high-demand industries. (aka: JOBS!)
Grants will purchase training equipment to build strong employment pipelines (pathways to jobs).
Check out the list and see if you're school is on it. If so - Go take a look at what your school has done with the money and see if some of this training interests you. #CoolCareers
2016 Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program Winners
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough - $213,040
- Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School will construct a fully computerized hydroponic greenhouse to support vocational programming in the biotechnology and culinary fields, including research, food production, farm-to-table sustainability, and nutritional processes.
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Charlton - $295,500
- Bay Path’s machine tool modernization project will provide vocational-technical students and adult learners in southern Worcester County with modern advanced manufacturing machinery and robotics equipment.
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield - $465,119 A
- Berkshire Community College will upgrade and modernize its manufacturing and engineering program, utilizing new hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical controls, materials testing, CNC and 3D printing equipment to train students and adult learners for careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering, and biotechnology.
Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District, Upton - $407,517
- Blackstone Valley’s cluster modernization project will provide state-of-the-art equipment for students learning manufacturing technology, automotive technology, construction technology, and medical billing and coding.
BMC Durfee High School, Fall River - $110,820
- The Fall River Public Schools will create a new vocational program in robotics and automation technology, leading to career pathways in robotics, engineering, and advanced manufacturing.
Brockton High School, Brockton - $336,596
- Brockton High School’s Youth Career Connect program trains students for careers the health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. Workforce Skills Capital Program funds will provide training equipment upgrades across the three career concentrations.
Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical High School, Harwich - $312,500
- Grant funds will prepare students in the school’s engineering program to understand, design, integrate and troubleshoot concepts related to advanced manufacturing and automated systems, and will support a revamping of horticultural and landscaping training.
Center for Manufacturing Technology, Woburn - $91,832
- CMT will deepen its capacity to train dislocated and incumbent workers in advanced manufacturing processes by purchasing new computer-controlled machinery.
Dean Technical High School, Holyoke - $393,156
- As part of the Holyoke Public Schools’ comprehensive turnaround effort, Dean Technical High School will transform its existing machine technology shop into an advanced manufacturing shop that aligns with current industry practices and technologies, in order to connect Holyoke students to career opportunities in the Pioneer Valley’s skilled manufacturing workforce.
The English High School, Boston - $137,888
- The English High School will support the city of Boston’s commitment to diversifying its police department. By launching a new vocational program in protective services, English will prepare students for entry into the city’s Police Cadet Program.
Essex North Shore Technical and Agricultural School District, Danvers - $144,186
- Essex Tech’s Workforce Skills Capital Program grant will allow the school to expand its heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technical program, and enable the school to add adult basic education training opportunities.
Franklin County Technical School, Montague - $52,500
- Franklin County Technical School will revamp its computer programming and web design programs, and expand the programs’ capacity to reach adult learners.
Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover - $316,514
- Greater Lawrence will update its Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies Department, training students for careers in the welding and metal fabrication industries.
Greater Lowell Technical High School, Tyngsborough - $493,395
- State funding will advance Greater Lowell’s efforts to automate its Machine Technology Shop, to create a state-of-the-art Precision/Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford - $495,000
- The Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School will overhaul its advanced manufacturing training equipment, connecting high school students, Bristol Community College students, adult basic education learners, and unemployed individuals in the region to training in modern manufacturing processes.
Haverhill High School, Haverhill - $218,671
- Haverhill High School will purchase a suite of career technical training equipment, including new computers, 3D printers, robotics kits, and medical training equipment, in order to expand training in technology, computer programming and web development, and to provide new early-college STEM programs for at-risk students.
Leominster High School, Leominster - $227,236
- Leominster High School’s Center for Technical Education innovation will revamp its machine technology and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration programs by purchasing new advanced milling machines, and by purchasing simulation systems to support education in clean energy technologies, including solar and geothermal energy.
Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, West Springfield - $257,100
- Grant funds will enable Lower Pioneer Valley to expand the capacity of its recently-founded high school Machine Technology Program, and to extend programming to adult learners, including unemployed and underemployed individuals facing barriers to employment.
McCann Technical School, North Adams - $121,128
- McCann Technical School will revamp its welding and metal fabrication equipment to train students for careers in Berkshire County’s aerospace, defense, commercial, medical device, and power generation industries, and will enable re-training for unemployed workers.
Middlesex Community College, Lowell - $117,086
- MCC will expand training capacity in its rapidly growing IT cybersecurity program by constructing a new, dedicated cybersecurity lab at the college’s Lowell campus.
Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School, Lexington - $500,000
- Minuteman will use grant funds to launch a new advanced manufacturing and metal fabrication program, connecting students to careers in robotics, automation, engineering, and construction.
Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District, Fitchburg - $136,412
- The Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School will launch a new program in veterinary science, training students in STEM programming, and allowing students to earn no-cost college credits at Becker College.
Murdock High School, Winchendon - $86,166
- Winchendon’s Engineering for the 21st Century project will connect high school students to new career-oriented classes in computer science, video game design, web design, and advanced robotics programming.
Nashoba Valley Technical School, Westford - $500,000
- Nashoba Valley Technical School will expand its advanced manufacturing career programming, and will provide additional training opportunities for veterans, and chronically unemployed populations.
New England Center for Arts and Technology, Boston - $51,163
- NECAT will deepen its capacity to provide culinary training and support services to low-income adults facing barriers to employment, by purchasing several pieces of equipment, including kitchen appliances and computers.
North Bennet Street School, Boston - $85,545
- The North Bennet Street School will expand the capacity of its successful carpentry program, and replace outdated training equipment.
Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, Springfield - $441,500
- Springfield’s Putnam Vocational Technical Academy will launch a new program to equip students with the skills to enter the construction workforce, including training with heavy equipment.
Somerville High School - $355,500
- Somerville High School will replace outdated equipment in its machine shop with modern advanced machining equipment that will enable low-income students and adult learners to access training for careers in advanced machine manufacturing. The workforce equipment grant complements Somerville High’s new fabrication lab, funded in a recent Urban Agenda grant award.
South Shore Vocational Technical High School, Hanover - $231,419
- Grant funds will improve vocational education across several programs, enhancing student work space in South Shore’s electronics and graphic communications programs, and opening cybersecurity training to students studying information technology.
Southeastern Regional Vocational School District, South Easton - $100,911
- The Southeastern Regional Vocational School District will construct a new Agile Maker Space lab to equip students in its construction, engineering, and manufacturing technology programs with rapid design and production expertise.
Springfield Technical Community College - $499,785
- Springfield Technical Community College will enhance training in its Laser Electro-Optics and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs, by creating an advanced laser machining laboratory, and a one-year Laser Materials Processing Certificate of Completion, in order to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s rapidly-growing laser-manufacturing industry.
Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School, Fiskdale - $98,899
- New machine tooling equipment at Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School will enable students to train on the same advanced tooling equipment used by area machine shops, creating direct career pipelines.
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School District, Franklin - $242,627
- Franklin’s Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School will expand its engineering technology and advanced manufacturing education to include training with 3D printing and robotics, and, in partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology, will expand its adult manufacturing education programs.
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Bourne - $422,907
- The Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School will purchase state-of-the art landscape construction equipment, increasing the effectiveness of its Horticulture and Landscape Contracting program.
Worcester Technical High School, Worcester - $347,882
- Worcester Technical High School, in collaboration with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, will expand its veterinary assistant training program purchasing IT equipment to add virtual classroom capabilities, and by updating the school’s clinical equipment.