2017 Skills Capital Grant Program Awards

Award recipients from the 2nd year of the Skills Capital Grant Program.

Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Recipients

Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District: $500,000 - The school will upgrade equipment used in 12 programs, including health services, manufacturing, and multi-media communications.

Brockton High School: $495,674 – The school will purchase equipment for computer aided design, 3-D printing, robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Bunker Hill Community College: $386,540 - The College will create a new laboratory dedicated solely to engineering.  The new laboratory will make it possible to expand the program’s academic offerings, including the Engineering Transfer Option Associates degree program. 

Cape Cod Community College: $350,059 – Cape Cod Community College will expand the Nursing and Allied Health Learning Center in partnership with Cape Cod Health Care, including $1.15 million in a private match funding.

Center for Manufacturing Technology: $167,296 - The Center for Manufacturing Technology will purchase a new milling machine and add upgrades to existing equipment.  The new machinery will provide capacity to increase enrollment and will ensure students gain experience with state-of-the-art equipment during training.

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School: $492,519 - The school will expand a “green” lab instructional space. This lab space will contain a variety of “energy” centers that allow students to manipulate interior and exterior climate environments, and these relationships, to a variety of building materials, surfaces and outdoor environments.

Essex Technical High School: $244,219 - The school will provide capacity to expand enrollments in the EMT/CPR day and evening programs.  The equipment will support students to obtain industry recognized certifications that prepare them for jobs as nursing assistants, dental assistants, as well as post-secondary educational opportunities.

Franklin County Technical School: $55,000 - The school will upgrade its welding program to industry standard by purchasing digitalized readout and gauges, safety technologies, and instructional equipment.  The funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the schools’ member towns.

Gloucester High School: $499,634 – Gloucester High School will revamp its machine technology program by updating equipment to industry standards. The equipment will also be integrated into computer science, CAD, robotics, and engineering classes.

Greater Lowell Technical High School: $466,000 – The school will create an Agile Digital Fabrication/Maker Space where high school and adult education students will engage in technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping. This space will provide high production, finish level, and product design 3D printing capability.

Greenfield Community College: $496,113 – The college will upgrade its Manufacturing and Engineering Science, Engineering Technology, and Computer Science and Networking programs. New equipment will be purchased for the advanced manufacturing computer lab, acoustic engineering lab, as well as a coordinate measuring machine, electrical controls, materials testing, and CNC simulation and 3D printing equipment.

Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative: $410,230 - The educational collaborative will  integrate the Graphics and Visual Design programs, allowing students to explore and understand the entire industry continuum from design to press and online production.

Lynn Vocational Technical Institute: $333,293 – The school will modernize its current Advanced Manufacturing-Machine Technology program, as well as create a new Information Technology program. These new high-level skills training programs will be offered to high schools students and adult learners. Additionally, the programs will serve as a resource to introduce younger students in middle school to career pathways.

MassBay Community College: $318,547 – Mass Bay Community College will purchase equipment to train students in engineering, advanced manufacturing, nursing, emergency medical services, and automotive technology career fields. Students in these programs represent not only traditional college-aged students, but are also unemployed and underemployed adult workers, career-changers, and others seeking new skill sets.

Massasoit Community College: $500,000 - The College will purchase equipment for an updated engineering lab that supports four engineering degree options: chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical program tracks.

McCann Technical School: $131,976- The school will upgrade equipment for the carpentry, electrical, and machine programs.  The equipment will support students to prepare to take the MACWIC Level I certification examinations.

Medford Technical High School: $500,000 – The school will expand the existing Culinary Arts, Engineering, Robotics, and Metal Fabrication programs and add a Hospitality program. As part of this expansion, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality program will double the size of its space and add a full-service dining room, executive conference center, café, and commercial kitchen.

Middlesex Community College: $489,750 – The College will increase capacity and improve equipment in computer science, engineering, and engineering tech/CAD programs. Students prepare for Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) exams, and graduates may transfer to bachelor degree programs.

Minuteman High School: $500,000 – The high school will increase machining and ancillary training simulator capacity used to teach Advanced Manufacturing.  The new equipment will support student instruction in bio-manufacturing, digital fabrication, precision measurement, and quality control.

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School: $435,857 – The school will build upon its existing machine technology program capacity by adding two certificates, outfit a quality control lab, and offer evening courses. The equipment will support the school in becoming one of the first NC3 Manufacturing Certification Centers in Massachusetts.

Mount Wachusett Community College: $340,781 – The College will purchase equipment needed for a simulated veterinary technician training laboratory. Students will benefit from simulator-based instruction, and the discipline of a sterile classroom environment focused on animal anatomy and physiology prior to interacting with live animals during their clinical and internship rotations.

Nashoba Valley Technical High School: $500,000 – The school will create an innovative training environment with a specific focus on collaborative robots (collabots) for students in the Robotics & Automation program.  Equipment will also serve as an instructional resource for students in the Engineering, Biotechnology, and Manufacturing programs.  New equipment will provide capacity for students to become certified in the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council production technician program as well as Fanuc’s collaborative robot system.

North Shore Community College: $111,455 - The College will purchase equipment to create a health care technical education program, including a universal health lab at the Lynn campus. The lab will be used for various degree, and workforce training health care certification programs, such as Certified Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide, Dental Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy.

Northern Essex Community College: $500,000 – The College will launch a new Advanced Manufacturing program in Mechatronics and a new Culinary Arts program.  NECC has developed a partnership with Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School in manufacturing and with Endicott College to offer a hospitality and culinary arts career pathway. 

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District: $362,860 - The school district will upgrade both the Machine & Tool Technology and House & Mill Carpentry programs.  The equipment includes both in classroom and portable equipment for use on remote job sites. 

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School: $235,000 - The school will purchase new equipment for the Machine Technology program, and will offer a new evening training program to provide instruction to the unemployed and underemployed individuals in three counties. The evening classes will prepare students to take the MACWIC Level 1 certification exam.

Plymouth Public Schools: $52,844 – The school district will purchase medical assisting and health assisting instructional equipment including a 'Nursing Anne' patient simulator.  With the equipment, the school will be able to provide instruction to award eight types of industry credentials.

Quincy Public Schools: $74,712 - The school district will establish a new Information Technology Program.  New equipment will help train students for entry-level computer repair, technical and help desk support, and network associate careers.  Students will be prepared to pass the CompTia A+ Certification Edam, OSHA General Safety, and CISCO CCENT industry certification exams. 

The Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical: $500,000 - The school is conducting a major modernization of its Machine Technology program.  The equipment includes 3D printers, and vertical machining centers each equipped with simulators. 

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School: $401,116 – The school will continue modernization of its Advanced Machine Technology Program, and support upgrading its electrical program. Smith Vocational continues to expand its Adult Community Education (ACE) Evening Program, relaunched in March 2016, after a 20-year hiatus. The program targets adults who want to improve skills within their field, change careers, or complete training programs begun at an earlier point in life.

South Regional Technical School District-Keefe Technical High School: $397,150 - Keefe Regional Technical School will roll out a new Dental Assisting Program, purchasing dental chairs, panoramic X-ray technology, including development capability, Sterilizers and autoclaves.

Whitter Regional Vocational Technical High School: $500,000 - The school will transform its current Machine and Tool program into an Advanced Manufacturing program to better support regional workforce needs. The school is partnering with Northern Essex Community College, and with the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, for evening adult programs.

Supplementary Round- June 2, 2017

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough - $244,510: 
The school will construct a new greenhouse that will provide hands-on learning in biotechnology, advanced manufacturing, computer programming and web development.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston - $200,000: 
The school will use the grant funds to support training in automation and interoperability, used in construction management, HVAC, mechanical engineering and automotive.

Chicopee High School, Chicopee - $100,000: 
The grant will support the culinary arts program to prepare students for post-secondary education in culinary arts, or prepare them for entry-level positions at restaurants, clubs and other hospitality venues.

Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Andover - $250,000: 
The grant will support the sustainable horticulture program with construction of a new greenhouse, and purchase of landscape construction equipment.

Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, New Bedford - $250,000: 
The grant will be used by the Robotics and Automation Project to support students in the Engineering Technology Department, as well as those in the school’s Adult Education program.

Marlborough Public Schools, Marlborough - $239,679: 
The grant will support the advanced precision manufacturing and electrical engineering lab in order to help students earn OSHA 30 General Industry certification and MACWIC Level 1 certification.

Methuen Public Schools, Methuen - $174,331: 
The grant will help create an Innovation Lab at Methuen High School. The lab will engage students in engineering, robotics, and computer programming. Students in grades K-8 will also use the lab for community-based programs before and after school.

Somerville Advanced Manufacturing Training Collaborative (SAMTC) - $195,111: 
Students in Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering, and Architecture will be able to be certified as manufacturing production technicians and industrial robotics technicians, giving them the ability to set up, maintain, and program industrial robots.

South Shore Vocational Technical High School, Hanover - $250,000: 
The grant will support the precision machine technology program, and the horticultural and landscape construction programs.

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Bourne - $300,000: 
The school will purchase equipment to support the HVAC program, to educate high school students as well as adults who are currently unemployed or underemployed and need apprentice-level training.

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