For Immediate Release - February 16, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION IN ARRA FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION TRADES AND RELATED OCCUPATIONS

Stimulus Funds Help Prepare Unemployed for Construction Trade Jobs

LOWELL - Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, Governor Deval Patrick and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas today announced $1 million in stimulus funding to implement a program to prepare participants for jobs or apprenticeships in construction trades and related occupations. The Lowell-based Community Teamwork Inc. (CTI) will receive $167,500 to train students in construction related jobs, including the opportunity to complete Middlesex Community College's green industry certificate programs.

"No resident will be left behind when it comes to preparing people for jobs," said Governor Patrick. "This stimulus funding will help workers to prepare for state-of-the-art trade jobs in weatherization, renewable energy and more. Our future electricians, carpenters, painters and other apprentices and trade workers now have a chance to become prepared for and step into jobs that require the latest skills."

"Creating jobs has been and will continue to be a critical component of our economic recovery plan," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "As part of our plan, investing in education and training programs in partnership with facilities like the Community Teamwork Inc., Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center and other community organizations will support our workforce today and also contribute to future long-term growth in Massachusetts."

"These Recovery funds will help youths in our community prepare for employment in the construction trades and I can think of no better partner for this effort than Community Teamwork, Inc.," said Congresswoman Tsongas, who joined the Governor at today's announcement. "This award is a testament to the excellent work Karen Fredrick and the entire staff at CTI do with young men and women in our community year-round, and I thank Governor Patrick for making these funds available in Lowell today."

The following organizations have also been awarded funds: Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund will receive $167,500, Just-A-Start Corporation will receive $160,000, YouthBuild Boston will receive $160,000, the University of Massachusetts Labor/Management will receive $180,000 and recently it was announced that the Martin Luther King, Jr. Business Empowerment Center received $165,000.

The recovery dollars slated for these organizations around the state will assist residents with obtaining pre-employment training and basic knowledge of trades and construction skills required for employment in construction and/or to gain entry into an Apprenticeship Program. Today's announcement is part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's initiative to assist unemployed or underemployed individuals--with special emphasis on women, people of color, youth aged 17 to 24 who are out of school and ex-offenders.

"Groups like the MLK Business Empowerment Center, The Carpenters Apprenticeship, and YouthBuild have been focused on increasing the opportunities for younger workers who are trying to enter the workforce. My hope is that these federal funds will help by providing the training and skills needed to compete in the work place, and put people back to work," said Congressman Stephen F. Lynch.

"We are committed to helping people begin a career in a trade or move forward in their career path to meet the demands of the Commonwealth's changing industries," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein. "Today's workers have to adapt their skills to new technologies in residential home-building, commercial/residential rehabilitation, lead abatement, weatherization or sustainable and renewable energy system installation. These programs offer workers an innovative and comprehensive curriculum."

"Getting people back to work should be the number one priority today. Job training programs will be critical in getting us back on our feet and using stimulus funding for these programs only makes sense," said Senator Marc R. Pacheco, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight.

"This is exactly the type of program that the Federal Stimulus Bill was intended for. These funds will be used to train young people in the building trades so they can get to work," said Representative David P. Linsky, House Chair, Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight.

"I strongly support Governor Patrick's decision to use these stimulus dollars to support worker training in the City of Lowell. This funding for worker training will directly benefit my constituents trying to get back in the workforce during these difficult times," said Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

"This investment will help people who are currently unemployed train for jobs that are being created through stimulus programs in public works and clean energy," said Commonwealth Corporation President and CEO Nancy Snyder, who will administer the grant on behalf of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

Investments to help get unemployed individuals back to work are critical components of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Massachusetts Recovery Plan, which combines state, federal and, where possible, private efforts to provide immediate and long-term relief and position the Commonwealth for recovery in the following ways:

  • Deliver immediate relief by investing in the road, bridge and rail projects that put people to work today and providing safety net services that sustain people who are especially vulnerable during an economic crisis;
  • Build a better tomorrow through education and infrastructure investments that strengthen our economic competitiveness, prepare workers for the jobs of the future and support clean energy, broadband and technology projects that cut costs while growing the economy; and
  • Reform state government by eliminating the pension and ethics loopholes that discredit the work of government and revitalize the transportation networks that have suffered from decades of neglect and inaction.

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