2016 Skills Capital Grant Program Awards

Award recipients from the 1st year of the Skills Capital Grant Program.

Fiscal Year 2016 Grant Recipients

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough  - $213,040
Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School will construct a fully computerized hydroponic greenhouse to support vocational programming in the biotechnology and culinary fields, including research, food production, farm-to-table sustainability, and nutritional processes.

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Charlton - $295,500
Bay Path’s machine tool modernization project will provide vocational-technical students and adult learners in southern Worcester County with modern advanced manufacturing machinery and robotics equipment.

Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield - $465,119
Berkshire Community College will upgrade and modernize its manufacturing and engineering program, utilizing new hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical controls, materials testing, CNC and 3D printing equipment to train students and adult learners for careers in advanced manufacturing, engineering, and biotechnology.

Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District, Upton - $407,517
Blackstone Valley’s cluster modernization project will provide state-of-the-art equipment for students learning manufacturing technology, automotive technology, construction technology, and medical billing and coding.

BMC Durfee High School, Fall River - $110,820
The Fall River Public Schools will create a new vocational program in robotics and automation technology, leading to career pathways in robotics, engineering, and advanced manufacturing.

Brockton High School, Brockton - $336,596
Brockton High School’s Youth Career Connect program trains students for careers the health care, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. Workforce Skills Capital Program funds will provide training equipment upgrades across the three career concentrations.

Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical High School, Harwich - $312,500
Grant funds will prepare students in the school’s engineering program to understand, design, integrate and troubleshoot concepts related to advanced manufacturing and automated systems, and will support a revamping of horticultural and landscaping training.

Center for Manufacturing Technology, Woburn - $91,832
CMT will deepen its capacity to train dislocated and incumbent workers in advanced manufacturing processes by purchasing new computer-controlled machinery.

Dean Technical High School, Holyoke - $393,156
As part of the Holyoke Public Schools’ comprehensive turnaround effort, Dean Technical High School will transform its existing machine technology shop into an advanced manufacturing shop that aligns with current industry practices and technologies, in order to connect Holyoke students to career opportunities in the Pioneer Valley’s skilled manufacturing workforce.

The English High School, Boston - $137,888
The English High School will support the city of Boston’s commitment to diversifying its police department. By launching a new vocational program in protective services, English will prepare students for entry into the city’s Police Cadet Program.

Essex North Shore Technical and Agricultural School District, Danvers - $144,186
Essex Tech’s Workforce Skills Capital Program grant will allow the school to expand its heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technical program, and enable the school to add adult basic education training opportunities.

Franklin County Technical School, Montague - $52,500
Franklin County Technical School will revamp its computer programming and web design programs, and expand the programs’ capacity to reach adult learners.

Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover - $316,514
Greater Lawrence will update its Metal Fabrication and Joining Technologies Department, training students for careers in the welding and metal fabrication industries.

Greater Lowell Technical High School, Tyngsborough - $493,395
State funding will advance Greater Lowell’s efforts to automate its Machine Technology Shop, to create a state-of-the-art Precision/Advanced Manufacturing Training Center.

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford - $495,000
The Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School will overhaul its advanced manufacturing training equipment, connecting high school students, Bristol Community College students, adult basic education learners, and unemployed individuals in the region to training in modern manufacturing processes.

Haverhill High School, Haverhill - $218,671
Haverhill High School will purchase a suite of career technical training equipment, including new computers, 3D printers, robotics kits, and medical training equipment, in order to expand training in technology, computer programming and web development, and to provide new early-college STEM programs for at-risk students.

Leominster High School, Leominster - $227,236
Leominster High School’s Center for Technical Education innovation will revamp its machine technology and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration programs by purchasing new advanced milling machines, and by purchasing simulation systems to support education in clean energy technologies, including solar and geothermal energy.

Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative, West Springfield - $257,100
Grant funds will enable Lower Pioneer Valley to expand the capacity of its recently-founded high school Machine Technology Program, and to extend programming to adult learners, including unemployed and underemployed individuals facing barriers to employment.

McCann Technical School, North Adams - $121,128
McCann Technical School will revamp its welding and metal fabrication equipment to train students for careers in Berkshire County’s aerospace, defense, commercial, medical device, and power generation industries, and will enable re-training for unemployed workers.

Middlesex Community College, Lowell - $117,086
MCC will expand training capacity in its rapidly growing IT cybersecurity program by constructing a new, dedicated cybersecurity lab at the college’s Lowell campus.

Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School, Lexington - $500,000
Minuteman will use grant funds to launch a new advanced manufacturing and metal fabrication program, connecting students to careers in robotics, automation, engineering, and construction.

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School District, Fitchburg - $136,412
The Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School will launch a new program in veterinary science, training students in STEM programming, and allowing students to earn no-cost college credits at Becker College.

Murdock High School, Winchendon - $86,166
Winchendon’s Engineering for the 21st Century project will connect high school students to new career-oriented classes in computer science, video game design, web design, and advanced robotics programming.

Nashoba Valley Technical School, Westford - $500,000
Nashoba Valley Technical School will expand its advanced manufacturing career programming, and will provide additional training opportunities for veterans, and chronically unemployed populations.

New England Center for Arts and Technology, Boston - $51,163
NECAT will deepen its capacity to provide culinary training and support services to low-income adults facing barriers to employment, by purchasing several pieces of equipment, including kitchen appliances and computers.

North Bennet Street School, Boston - $85,545
The North Bennet Street School will expand the capacity of its successful carpentry program, and replace outdated training equipment.

Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, Springfield - $441,500
Springfield’s Putnam Vocational Technical Academy will launch a new program to equip students with the skills to enter the construction workforce, including training with heavy equipment.

Somerville High School - $355,500
Somerville High School will replace outdated equipment in its machine shop with modern advanced machining equipment that will enable low-income students and adult learners to access training for careers in advanced machine manufacturing. The workforce equipment grant complements Somerville High’s new fabrication lab, funded in a recent Urban Agenda grant award.

South Shore Vocational Technical High School, Hanover - $231,419
Grant funds will improve vocational education across several programs, enhancing student work space in South Shore’s electronics and graphic communications programs, and opening cybersecurity training to students studying information technology.

Southeastern Regional Vocational School District, South Easton - $100,911
The Southeastern Regional Vocational School District will construct a new Agile Maker Space lab to equip students in its construction, engineering, and manufacturing technology programs with rapid design and production expertise.

Springfield Technical Community College - $499,785
Springfield Technical Community College will enhance training in its Laser Electro-Optics and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs, by creating an advanced laser machining laboratory, and a one-year Laser Materials Processing Certificate of Completion, in order to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s rapidly-growing laser-manufacturing industry.  

Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School, Fiskdale - $98,899
New machine tooling equipment at Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School will enable students to train on the same advanced tooling equipment used by area machine shops, creating direct career pipelines.

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School District, Franklin - $242,627
Franklin’s Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School will expand its engineering technology and advanced manufacturing education to include training with 3D printing and robotics, and, in partnership with Wentworth Institute of Technology, will expand its adult manufacturing education programs.

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Bourne - $422,907
The Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School will purchase state-of-the art landscape construction equipment, increasing the effectiveness of its Horticulture and Landscape Contracting program.

Worcester Technical High School, Worcester - $347,882
Worcester Technical High School, in collaboration with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, will expand its veterinary assistant training program purchasing IT equipment to add virtual classroom capabilities, and by updating the school’s clinical equipment.

Supplementary Round

Cambridge Public Schools – Rindge School of Technical Arts - $463,472
Hands-on learning, with new equipment purchased for the engineering lab at the Rindge School of Technical Arts, will broaden students’ understanding of the skills needed for STEM careers in the region. The new equipment will also prepare students for employment or post-secondary opportunities in the manufacturing and robotics fields.

Holyoke Community College - $121,741
Holyoke CC plans to meet the growing regional need for certified EMTs by purchasing equipment for the Center for Health Education. The EMT Training Program provides certification and continuing education to individuals entering into firefighting or health care professions. HCC, along with Springfield Technical Community College and Training Workforce Options (TWO) will work with local employers to provide customized workforce training in the region.

Madison Park Vocational Technical High School - $451,000
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School' $451,000 workforce skills equipment grant will allow the school to purchase commercial-grade restaurant equipment, refrigeration units, and a specialty food truck to use as a training venue for students in the culinary arts program.

Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership Inc - $135,915
MassMEP will develop a “Basic Mechanical Skills” pathway, focused on providing unemployed and under-employed individuals with skills needed to work in automated plants, including mechanical ability, pneumatics and hydraulics, mechanical prints and troubleshooting methodologies.

Massasoit Community College - $442,517
Massasoit will outfit a new veterinary technician laboratory to offer a new associate degree program in Veterinary Technology, targeting the rapidly growing animal health care industry. A need for veterinary technicians also exists in the life sciences and public health sectors. This associate program will target high school graduates with an interest in STEM or animal science, including students enrolled at Norfolk County Agricultural High School, with which the program has a dual enrollment/early college partnership.

Quinsigamond Community College: $488,735
QCC will expand laboratory capacity in the CIT lab at its Southbridge location, and introduce integrated basic education and technical skills training. In addition, the funding will support training for unemployed and under-employed individuals located with the Southbridge office of the Workforce Central Career Center.

Roxbury Community College - $499,966
The Roxbury Community College Simulation Center bridges the gap between theory and clinical experience for registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistant students. Simulation is a vital aspect of nursing students practice and a critical component of nursing education. The grant will help RCC purchase equipment to create a realistic patient care environment for students to accurately practice diagnostic problems.

Westfield Public Schools - Westfield Technical Academy - $500,000
The grant will support the Aviation Maintenance and Manufacturing Technology programs for high school students, as well as an adult education program in manufacturing offered at the school through the Hampden County Regional Employment Board. New equipment in the aviation program will provide hands-on experiences to meet FAA requirements to qualify to take a test for the Airframe and Power Plant Certification. The funding will also train students for careers in manufacturing and precision machining that are in high demand in western Massachusetts.

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