This week, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito announced $9.3 million in workforce skills equipment grants to 35 high schools, community colleges and vocational training providers across the Commonwealth. The grants support vocational-technical education and training equipment purchases that connect Massachusetts students and residents to economic opportunities in high-demand industries.
Governor Baker said the grants “will help build stronger communities and a more competitive business environment that ensures more residents have the skills they need to succeed in and support the Commonwealth’s economic future.”
Lt. Governor Polito said the grants “will build bridges between residents seeking careers to build a future on, and the employers who need a skilled workforce to grow the state’s economy.”
The Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program is a new initiative of the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce and economic development strategies across the state. It is headed up by Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker II, Education Secretary James Peyser, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.
The inaugural round of the Workforce Skills Capital Grant program received 68 applications, requesting a total of $18 million in funding. Here is a list of the winning grant applications.
Secretary Walker said the goal is to use available public dollars and “funnel them into places that can provide the skills and job training that residents need for the jobs that are available.”
Secretary Peyser said the grants “will immediately transform the quality of vocational programs and cutting edge technological opportunities.”
Secretary Ash said that by closing the skills gap, “we are equipping residents with the skills needed to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow, and setting the stage for future economic growth.”
Consistent with the Baker-Polito Administration’s support for expanded workforce development opportunities, the Governor’s recently filed economic development legislation requests an additional $75 million in capital authorization for additional training equipment grants that strengthen workforce skills, and create strong employment pipelines.