GNB Voc-Tech and Bristol Aggie award Skills Capital Grants to enhance education & training for workforce preparation
The Baker-Polito Administration on June 21, 2018 awarded $10.9 million in Skills Capital Grants to 33 high schools and educational institutions, enabling the schools to acquire the newest technologies to educate students and expand programs. Skills Capital Grants are designed to help high schools, colleges and other educational institutions invest in the most up-to-date training equipment to give their students an advantage when they continue in their chosen field or particular area of study. Skills Capital Grants cover a broad array of fields, from construction and engineering to healthcare and hospitality.
“The equipment purchased by high schools and colleges over the past three years through Skills Capital Grants has directly impacted the educational experience for thousands of Massachusetts students to better prepare them for the workforce,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “This program has had a positive impact on students in the Commonwealth and we look forward to working with the Legislature to include $75 million worth of funding for Skills Capital Grants as part of the Economic Development bill we filed in the spring.”
“By giving our students the opportunity to learn on the newest technologies, we are ensuring they will be better prepared to succeed when they graduate from high school,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “We look forward to continuing our work with these 33 high schools and previous awardees to enhance their programs and develop a skilled workforce ready to meet the needs of the Commonwealth.”
The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand, in order to maximize hiring opportunities in each region of the state.
The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito created the Workforce Skills Cabinet in 2015, bringing together the Secretariats of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development in order to align education, economic development and workforce policies, and to strategize around how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in each region of the state.
The regional schools receiving funds include:
Bristol County Agricultural High School: $499,966 – The high school will expand its agricultural mechanics program. The equipment will be used in the Ready-Set-Go welding center that will house CNC equipment and a mechanical CAD design lab. The new equipment will also enable the school to expand its evening school and specialty workshop to include multiple levels of mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and service technician.
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School: $282,813 – Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School will strengthen health care training by expanding the Nurse/Health Assisting program and incorporating an EMT component beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The new equipment will support training partnerships with Bristol Community College and UMass Dartmouth, as well as our many health services partner organizations in the Southeast region.