For Immediate Release - October 13, 2010

Patrick- Murray Administration Highlights a $141,000 Workforce Training Grant for Minuteman Career and Technical High School in Lexington

Administration Recently Announced $1.2 million in Federal Stimulus Awards to 8 Workforce Training Partnership Programs

Boston, MA - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein today visited the Minuteman Career and Technical High School in Lexington to highlight a federal stimulus award of $141,000 the Patrick-Murray Administration recently made to expand the Minuteman Adult Biomanufacturing Certificate Program to a daytime program that will train participants for entry-level technician positions. The Minuteman Career and Technical High School in Lexington is one of eight programs in the state that has partnered with educational institutions to provide practical application for classroom learning, and to ensure that participants are able to master the skills they need to compete in today's workforce.

Governor Patrick allocated a total of a $1.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to seven other workforce training partnership programs across the Commonwealth.

"I want to congratulate the Minuteman Career and Technical High School and each of the programs receiving funding for helping us do the important job of putting people back to work," said Governor Patrick. "In difficult economic times, we are more committed than ever to equipping people with the skills they need to re-enter the workforce, and this organization is a vital part of that effort."

"As we continue to invest in putting people back to work, we are excited to partner with the Minuteman Career and Technical High School and the other organizations that will help train those seeking employment, sharpen their existing skills and develop new skills to compete for positions in a range of growing industries," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

"We passed the Recovery Act to stop lay-offs, create jobs and put people back to work. Slowly but surely it's helping us climb out of the deep economic ditch we were in a couple of years ago. This investment means thousands more laid-off workers can get the job training and skills they need to find jobs," said Senator John Kerry.

"Biomanufacturing is a cutting-edge industry to look towards for job opportunities," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. "The work that will be done here will have a positive and long-term impact on the program participants, and area employers."

"This program helps workers to compete for jobs in the biomanufacturing industry in this region," said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Corporation.

The Minuteman Adult Biomanufacturing Certificate Program for adults began after assessing the needs of new companies in the area, who were experiencing a shortage of entry level technicians to assist in producing bioengineered products. With this funding, the adult evening program will now expand to a daytime program to facilitate the training of larger numbers of students. For more information about the Minuteman Career and Technical High School in Lexington, please visit: http://minuteman.org/

The following programs also received ARRA funding:

• Community Workshops Inc./d.b.a. Community Work Services in Boston was awarded over $162,000 to train and place homeless individuals and those at risk for homelessness in hospitality occupations.

• South Shore Community Action Council Inc. in Plymouth was awarded over $163,000 to provide permit preparation and CDL driver training courses to place individuals in Class B CDL licensed jobs in a cross section of industries.

• Employment Options in Marlborough was awarded over $161,000 to train individuals with previous psychological disabilities to be Certified Peer Specialists.

• Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund in Dorchester was awarded over $166,000 to train long-term unemployed carpenters in need of updated training leading to new Drywall certification to enhance their competitiveness for available jobs.

• Baystate Medical Center in Springfield was awarded over $167,000 to train and place incumbent workers and unemployed community residents in Patient Care Technician positions using the new employer-developed Acute Care Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum.

• St. Mary's Women and Children's Center in Dorchester was awarded over $135,000 in funding and partners with UMass-Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Corcoran Management Company to provide career training to disadvantaged women in the region.

• Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester was awarded over $166,000 to train incumbent and unemployed Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants for 16 long-term care facilities.