AMP IT UP! MATCHING GRANTS TO 12 PARTNERSHIPS TOTAL NEARLY $100,000 FOR INCREASING ADVANCED MANUFACTURING CAREER AWARENESS
MassDevelopment today announced 12 partnerships will receive AMP it up! matching grants for outreach and other innovative programs that will educate young people and adults about career options in advanced manufacturing. In the sixth year of the program, MassDevelopment will provide awards totaling $99,975 to the 12 partnerships, consisting of regional employment and workforce investment boards, manufacturers, chambers of commerce and development councils, community colleges, vocational schools, and other organizations throughout the Commonwealth.
The lead organizations on these 12 partnerships are: The Central Massachusetts Center for Business and Enterprise Inc. (Whitinsville), Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (Greenfield), Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board (Lowell), Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board (New Bedford), Lever (North Adams), Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (Lawrence), Metro North Regional Employment Board (Cambridge), North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (Fitchburg), North Shore Workforce Investment Board (Salem), Quinsigamond Community College (Worcester), Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School (Palmer), and South Shore Workforce Development Board (Quincy).
In a complementary effort to promote careers in advanced manufacturing, MassDevelopment is holding a fourth round of the AMP it up! Video Challenge, which invites students to research the inner workings of an advanced manufacturing innovation and create a two-minute video showing how the innovation impacts the world around them. An online balloting tool will allow the public to help determine the winning videos, which will earn cash prizes donated to their schools. The top three videos will each win $5,000 in funding for a total of $15,000 in prize money.
“Massachusetts is home to some of the most innovative advanced manufacturing companies, which are creating exciting new products and job opportunities for our residents,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “Building a strong pipeline of talented workers is critical to the future of this industry in the Commonwealth.”
“MassDevelopment is delighted to award this sixth round of AMP it up! grants, which will fund creative programs across the Commonwealth,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “We look forward to seeing the creative and innovative ways these grant recipients, ranging from workforce investment boards to vocational schools and community colleges, will promote the manufacturing industry as a rewarding, highly-skilled, well-paying career path.”
“We are extremely pleased to receive this award. We believe strongly it will stimulate the interest of participating high school students in the field of manufacturing. The value added of gaining college credits will also open a career and college pathway otherwise not considered,” said Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board Youth Program Manager Marc Tarpey.
The community-based programs receiving the awards will host and organize activities like student internships, tours of advanced manufacturing companies, career awareness workshops, teacher and guidance counselor information sessions and manufacturing externships, and more. The AMP it up! campaign highlights the exciting, technology-driven, high-paying career options in manufacturing, dispels outdated misconceptions about the industry, and bolsters the prospective employee base for these quality jobs with Massachusetts companies. The sixth round of grants builds on the successes of the campaign’s first, second, third, fourth, and fifth years.
4. Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, New Bedford**** - $6,300
In partnership with Wareham Public Schools, Bristol Community College
This grant will provide an opportunity for 20 Wareham High School students to take a course through Bristol Community College that will help them develop important skills in forming, presenting, and interpreting ideas and concepts. Students will also tour at least five advanced manufacturing-related employers to learn about career opportunities.
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.