Ten vocational schools in Massachusetts received $ 2.1 million in grants on Thursday as part of the state’s Career Technical Initiative, a program that aims to strengthen and add workforce training programs for students and adults.
The initiative, first launched in January 2020, aims to train 20,000 additional skilled workers over the next four years to both fill skills gaps and meet the needs of businesses across the country. of State. The funding announced Thursday will support programs in 23 different career paths in construction, trades and manufacturing.
âIn many ways this is one of the most important things that we will have to do, as we all get back to what is called normal, and that is to find ways to make sure that people have the skills they need to be successful in a 21st century economy, âGovernor Charlie Baker said at a press conference Thursday, after visiting the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School with members of the administration workforce skills cabinet.
Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, one of Thursday’s grant recipients, is receiving $ 540,000 from the state.
âWe just need more qualified people to fill the positions we have,â Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said after the tour. âAnd so when you get degrees here, you get students who can work together and solve problems.“
She noted that some students, after earning a bachelor’s or certificate, earn two or four-year college degrees, or even doctorates, in their field.
âWe need them all,â Polito said. âWe need every part of this talent development to make sure Massachusetts continues to be successful. “
Here are the 10 professional schools awarded Thursday:
- Grand Laurent Technical School: $ 375,000
- Grand Lowell Technical High School: $ 100,000
- Madison Park Vocational Technical High School: $ 240,000
- Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School District: $ 100,000
- Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School: $ 125,000
- Nashoba Valley Technical High School: $ 300,000
- Southeast Regional School District: $ 150,000
- Grand Fall River Professional School District: $ 100,000
- Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School: $ 540,000
- Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School: $ 90,000