For Immediate Release - September 26, 2011

JOINT STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR PATRICK AND LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY ON FEDERAL GRANT FOR WORKFORCE TRAINING INITIATIVES

BOSTON - Monday, September 26, 2011 - Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today issued the following statements on the U.S. Department of Labor's award of $20 million to the Quinsigamond Community College Consortium's Massachusetts Community College and Workforce Development Transformation Agenda (MCCWDTA) for workforce training programs in colleges across Massachusetts. The Community College Consortium, working in partnership with agencies including the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the Executive Office of Education, applied for federal funding in April 2011 to implement new and innovative workforce training programs while also expanding existing programs for several targeted industries - Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Information Technology, Health Care, Advanced Manufacturing, Financial Services & Entrepreneurship and Clean Energy - all of which are high-need and high-growth industries in Massachusetts.

Consortium colleges include Berkshire Community College; Bristol Community College; Bunker Hill Community College; Cape Cod Community College; Greenfield Community College; Holyoke Community College; Massachusetts Bay Community College; Massaoit Community College; Middlesex Community College; Mt. Wachusett Community College; North Shore Community College; Northern Essex Community College; Roxbury Community College; and Springfield Technical Community College.

"The Obama Administration and our Congressional partners have delivered for Massachusetts again. I look forward to working with each of these community colleges and their partner organizations to deliver high‐quality education and training programs that will connect our residents to meaningful work," said Governor Patrick.

"Thanks to the Obama Administration and our Congressional delegation, this funding will further support our partnership with community colleges that continue to cultivate a pipeline of trained graduates with technical skills many industries and employers are looking for in Massachusetts," said Lieutenant Governor Murray.

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