The Commonwealth Corporation CEO J.D. LaRock announced on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical High School $375,000 for Youth Works funding for five state-wide recipients. The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. along with partners GNB Voc-Tech, New Directions South Coast and Bob's Sea & Ski in Fairhaven, were one of the five awardees for FY18. Other awardees include groups from the Merrimack Valley, South Shore WIB, Greater Lowell WIB.
Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta and Secretary of Peyser were also on hand to share in the announcement and to tour GNB Voc-Tech, who also received funding through the Massachusetts Capital Skills grant for equipment including robotics and CNC machines.
20 GNB Voc-Tech students will participate in a career pathway to commercial and recreational SCUBA diving, which will include 8 credentials related to diving. The students as part of this program will also receive SCUBA dive gear, and receive career readiness curriculum through the Signal Success program. The program is free to students.
Careers related to SCUBA diving are on the rise, with a forecast 36.9% increase in job demand over the upcoming few years, fueled in part by the burgeoning wind industry in the United States.
Students interested in the program can contact Mr. Steven Walker at GNB Voc-Tech.
Read the official announcement HERE