2022 Skills Capital Grant Program Awards

Award recipients from the 7th year of the Skills Capital Grant Program.

Fiscal Year 2022 Round 2 Grant Recipients

Skills Capital Grant FY 22 Round 2 Award Descriptions

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, Marlborough - $249,762, Metal fabrication and welding: The school will upgrade and expand the program to support adults enrolling in the new Career Technical Initiative program and increase enrollment capacity for high school students. The equipment includes light and heavy gauge sheet metal layout and fabrication as well as structural steel welding using GMAW, GTAW, SMAW, PAC, CNC Plasma and oxy/fuel cutting processes. Students will practice and prepare to take an American Welding Society structural welding certification test, as well as structural sheet metal welding code tests.

Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District, Upton - $225,000, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R): The school will purchase air purification systems, boilers, furnaces, building automation workstations, line sets, etc.  Students will gain OSHA 10, and EPA Core credentials by graduation.

Bourne High School, Bourne - $75,000, Healthcare Pathway: The school will implement a Healthcare Pathway that includes an ambulance simulator, medical beds, and medical equipment.  The space will also be offered to community partners to support certification programs like the EMT training course, CNA training course, and First Aid/CPR certifications for students.

Bunker Hill Community College, Boston - $200,816, Medical Radiography: The school will upgrade the digital X-ray machine used by students studying for an associate’s degree in Medical Radiography. The MR Program offers full- and part-time options that include five hands-on clinical experiences in area hospitals and other health care facilities.

Chelmsford High School, North Chelmsford - $49,403, Innovation Pathway in Life Sciences: Students will focus on core technical and advanced courses in Environmental Sciences or Biotechnology to support placement into an internship an industry partner or the dual enrollment option with Middlesex Community College. 

Dearborn STEM Academy/Boston Plan for Excellence, Boston - $68,676, Health & Life Science Pathway: The school will train students in projects related to the nervous, digestive, and endocrine systems, as well as botany and infectious disease. All students will have hands-on labs related to their anatomy class which require a significant amount of equipment for both authentic response, and dissection models.  Students will receive credentials for CPR/AED/basic first aid.

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District, Danvers - $150,000, Health Care: Students will have the opportunity to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant, First Aid, CPR, Dementia Care, Home Health Aide and OSHA 10 certifications. High school day students will be able to participate in the health assisting program and the addition of a health care option will be offered to adults in the NightHawks Adult Education Program and for after-dark high school students.

Greater Lowell Technical High School, Tyngsborough - $200,000, Metal Fabrication/Welding: The school will upgrade its WELD with MIG and Stick, disc sander, horizontal and vertical band saw, plateroll model, live ARC system, rhino carts, beveller, drill press, hand tools, storage, welding tables, pipework dual feeder. The program seeks to offer robust night courses to help fill local industry sector jobs.

Holyoke Community College, Holyoke - $147,000, Culinary Art: The school will purchase a mobile food lab to provide students access to new hands-on/experiential learning. The program will support credit/noncredit offerings in culinary arts and in the future Nutrition/Health, Business/Entrepreneurship. The college will expand its outreach efforts by feeding residents and improving health outcomes through future community-based nutritional programs.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams - $100,000, Computer Science: This lab will provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on learning experience in network security, network administration, and software development. The students will have the opportunity to obtain a bachelor's of science degree in computer science with concentrations in electrical engineering, software development, information technology, business information systems, and bioinformatics. 

Middlesex Community College, Lowell - $174,779, Health CareThe funding will support the Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) program that provides training and experiential learning in pursuit of the CNA credential. The equipment to be purchased includes space modifications, hospital beds, mannequins, wheelchairs, and other items necessary for students to learn how to perform personal and/or medical institution health care routines.

Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Lexington - $150,000, Robotics and Automation: The school will expand access to the existing Robotics and Automation program that includes the Internet of Things (IoT), and Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR). The new equipment will outfit a modern day, automated warehouse, which will serve as a learning lab for students in Robotics and Automation, Logistics Automation Engineering/Supply Chain Management for Minuteman, and a training center for partnering college(s), and Minuteman Technical Institute (MTI).

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg - $150,000, Dental Assistant: Each workstation will be equipped with downdraft technology, which will aid in ventilation as students study fabrication, impressions, and trim stone modeling. Day and evening students will earn OSHA 10-hour Healthcare and American Red Cross CPR certifications and will be provided the opportunity to earn two Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) certifications – Infection Control and Radiology.

Nashoba Valley Technical High School, Westford - $250,000, Plumbing & Heating: The school will modernize equipment including a propress, megapress, and threading machines, an inventory and tool management system, furnaces, hot water tanks, heat pumps, and boilers.

Students will graduate with 1700 hours and Tier 2 Code toward their journeyman license, master plumber’s licenses, and their OSHA 10 construction certifications.

South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School, Hanover - $100,000, Culinary Arts: The school will update the kitchen and student run restaurant to provide students training and access to industry standard equipment. Day and evening students will explore and develop skills as entrepreneurs, cooks, and hospitality workers. Students will receive ServSafe certification training and OSHA10 for Food Service certification.

Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield - $247,369, Dental Assistant: The college will refurbish both the equipment and curriculum of the dental assistant program to increase the enrollment and enhance job placement opportunities upon completion. The types of equipment to be installed include sterilizers, intraoral cameras, X-ray machines, and a cordless polishing system. Classroom equipment will be upgraded to better reflect modern dental office equipment.

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School, Bourne - $249,245, Advanced Manufacturing: The school will upgrade engineering technology to meet the need for advanced manufacturing. The school will purchase a variety of sophisticated devices used in manufacturing, engineering, and construction workplaces. These include a computer numerically controlled (CNC) laser etcher/cutter, CNC Lathe, CNC Milling Machine, surveying tools, robotics equipment, industrial electrical control trainers, and advanced laptops that support 3D modeling and other demanding software such as AutoCad, Autodesk inventor, Revit, and LabVIEW.

Westfield Technical Academy, Westfield - $246,306, Advanced Manufacturing: The school will purchase 2 Proto TRAK KMX CNC Upgrades, 6 Proto TRAK KMX2 Retrofit Bridgeport Series, 4 Haas Minimills, 2 TouchView Interactive displays and 9 Lathe 2 Axis Digital Readout Systems. Students of the program participate in work-based learning through the school's cooperative learning at area manufacturing businesses.

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Haverhill - $181,778, Marine Service: The school will create a Marine Service Technology program for both day and evening students. The program we will be able to provide this STEM-based educational opportunity to high school students, as well as   students, who are unemployed, displaced, veterans, or incumbent workers looking to further their careers through our evening school program.

Woburn Memorial High School, Woburn - $75,000, Advanced Manufacturing Pathway: The school will expand its Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Pathway to include classes in engineering, computer science, AutoCAD, Drafting, and Technology. The pathway requires students to take college-level courses related to core academic subject areas to ensure students are well prepared for postsecondary success. The equipment to be purchased includes an augmented reality welding system, automation technology lab and a laser engraver.

Fiscal Year 2022 Round 1 Grant Recipients

Skills Capital Grant FY 22 Round 1 Award Descriptions

Agawam High School, Agawam - $58,188, Manufacturing & Information Technology:  The school will use the grant to expand its existing early career programs in manufacturing and information technology. 

Atlantis Charter School, Fall River - $75,000, Manufacturing Innovation Pathway: The grant will support the school’s manufacturing early career program by providing students with substantial resources to improve their workforce training. The grant will enable the school to leverage matching grant opportunities from philanthropic donors, local businesses, and higher education institutions.

Attleboro High School, Attleboro - $180,00, Metal fabrication: Attleboro High School will purchase programmable welding robots used by industry partners to provide students experience on the most up-to-date equipment used by employers. The school also plans to launch new adult/evening training programs to meet demand for training.

Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School, Charlton - $250,000, Veterinarian Tech: The school will renovate the veterinary hospital where students train and work alongside veterinary professionals in the fully operational veterinary hospital. The school will eventually offer afterschool and evening programs to adult learners to earn a veterinary assisting certification. Bay Path will partner with Second Chance Animal Services, an organization that provides care to animals.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT), Boston - $151,468, Electrical Technology: BFIT’s Engineering Technology program will prepare students for a wide-range of jobs in the technology sector, including robotic assembly technicians, test technicians, automation technicians, solar technicians, solar installation technicians, wind technicians, mechanical technicians, machine tool technicians, and manufacturing technicians.  The school will offer stackable certificates and associate degrees in engineering technology.

Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield - $400,000, Culinary and Hospitality: The college will establish the Berkshire Culinary Institute (BCI) to support its redesigned culinary and hospitality program.  The former cafeteria will be repurposed into a modern teaching and learning space to give students experience in culinary, hospitality and the food service industries.

Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Canton - $200,000, Engineering Technology: The school will expand its engineering and drafting/CAD programs, and purchase new robotics equipment, a CNC mill, water cutter, and workstations with power.  By improving the program, the school will help students meet increasing industry demand for skilled workers in the engineering profession.

Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater - $250,000, Information Technology and Security: The university plans to develop a cyber simulation center to expand course offerings in cyber-criminology, cybersecurity, and digital forensics to meet critical workforce needs. The university is collaborating with state, education, and industry leaders to create a Commonwealth Cybersecurity Consortium. 

Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, Taunton - $228,380, Community Health & Practical Nurse Program: The school will update instructional labs in the community health and practical nurse programs to provide students with hands on experience using modern patient simulation and industry standard equipment.

Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable - $479,082, Nursing & Allied Health: The college is aiming to expand the nursing program by 50 percent by 2023-2024. With the grant, the college will purchase patient simulation manikins, accompanying AV media tools to capture and stream simulation data, IV infusion pumps, a medication management system, and four hospital beds with full set-up.

Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, Harwich - $275,000, Agriculture/Horticulture Program: The high school will purchase equipment to improve the horticulture program, specifically landscaping, groundskeeping and landscape construction. Instructors will be able to optimize the job readiness and employability of young horticulturists, arborists, and agricultural workers by accelerating their progress toward professional licensure and certifications. Cape Cod Regional Technical High School will purchase hydroponics and aquaponics systems equipment to allow new areas of instruction that aligns with economic and business development.

Catholic Charities South, Brockton - $84,127, Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide: Catholic Charities South (CCS) operates the Brockton certified nursing assistant and home health aide training program and the English Transcultural Center (ETC), which provides adult education programs and classes that include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, computer literacy training, and employment assistance and placement. The grant will help increase the adult education programs' capacity, allowing additional training in day and evening hours, and strengthen the programs' ability to drive students to Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide credentials.

Central MA Center for Business & Enterprise, Whitinsville - $111,000, Welding and Metal Fabrication: Funding will support Central MA Center for Business & Enterprise to purchase additional AAR Welding Simulators to increase the learning capacity, and hands on applied learning experiences for adult workforce training and partnering high schools’ students enrolled in Innovation Pathways. The additional welders will support students to have increased hands-on instructional time to demonstrate mastery of additional skill sets required to obtain industry credentials desired by employer partners. 

Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School, Dighton - $214,000, Advanced Manufacturing: The high school will update equipment and technology in the Advanced Manufacturing program. The grant will expand training for students and adults in the community to meet workforce gaps in the manufacturing sector. The school will purchase CNC lathes, CNC milling machines, 3-D printers, a laser machine.

Diman Regional Vocational, Fall River - $55,938, Metal Fabrication & Joining Technologies Program: The school will train students and unemployed/underemployed adult learners in metal fabrication and joining technologies to meet the need for skilled welders and pipefitters. New VICON fabrication & ViSoft HVAC software equipment will be available during school hours to Diman students, and in the evening for adults in the Career Technical Institute program. 

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, Hathorne - $121,000, Construction Trades: The school will expand career and technical education opportunities in the construction trades for students in both the day program, afterschool, and adult evening classes.

Fitchburg High School, Fitchburg - $71,762, Manufacturing Innovation Pathway: Students enrolled in the high school’s manufacturing Innovation Pathway program will gain experience in manufacturing, robotics, C.A.D./blueprint reading and engineering.

Gardner High School, Gardner - $75,000, Manufacturing Innovation Pathway: The high school will purchase a new CNC machine and milling and miter equipment to support students enrolled in the manufacturing Innovation Pathway programs in makerspace, technology & engineering, robotics, intro and advanced woodworking that align to the new MACWIC certification course at Gardner High School.

Greater Lawrence Technical School, Andover - $220,000, Advanced Manufacturing and Metal Fabrication: The high school will expand the advanced manufacturing shop and upgrade equipment in the metal fabrication and joining technologies lab. The new equipment will help expand the school’s Career Technical Institute by increasing the number of students enrolled in afternoon and evening programs. 

Greenfield Community College, Greenfield - $450,000, Nursing and Emergency Medical Services (EMS): The college will upgrade its clinical patient simulation lab (SIMS Lab) for both its Department of Nursing and Emergency Medical Services Program, replacing outdated low- and hi-fidelity patient simulators and components.

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston - $150,000, Creative Economy Technicians: The college will update the Creative Economy Technology labs with new equipment and technology, including 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters; downdraft tables, and related support equipment and air systems. The equipment will provide MassArt graduates the skills and training they need to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation in creative occupations related to robotics and animation, engineering technology, information services and networking sectors.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Buzzards Bay - $250,000, Renewable Energy and Advanced Manufacturing: Mass Maritime will create an Advanced Manufacturing and Design Makerspace which will modernize, upgrade, and renovate existing resources that support the Energy Systems Engineering (ESEN) undergraduate program. The Academy will partner with renewable energy companies including offshore wind organizations and secondary school partners to help build out and customize the program. The new makerspace lab will be used to support the Academy’s workforce development initiatives for underemployed adult learners and create pathways for the Academy’s K-12 programs aimed to inspire women and students of color to pursue STEM fields, and vocational and apprentice pathway programs.

Massasoit Community College, Brockton - $213,196, Allied Health: The college will purchase training equipment for its allied health programs to support students learning to become radiologic technicians, medical assistants, medical practice specialists, EMTs, paramedics, community EMS paramedics, EKG technicians, and phlebotomists.

MassBay Community College, Wellesley - $750,000, Nursing and Allied Health Pathways: The college will purchase new equipment to support students in the nursing and medical imagining pathways. Students will have the opportunity to continue to the practical nursing certificate and associate degree in nursing, and then proceed to a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Framingham State University. Students gain clinical training at one of the college’s 45 partnering health care organizations.

Mattapan/Greater Boston Technology Learning Center, Mattapan - $150,000, Computer Network Support Specialist: Mattapan Tech will purchase new technology equipment to continue providing free job training to young people and new immigrants in the most vulnerable communities. The program covers a broad range of computer and network fundamentals for IT careers, based on the latest technology and software development skills.

McCann Technical School, North Adams - $96,430, Metal Fabrication & Welding: Precision manufacturing in Berkshire County is a niche market focused on the aerospace, defense, commercial, medical device, plastics, and mold making markets.  Critical to these industries is a workforce of well-trained welders, metal fabricators, and robotic welding technology programmers for both bridge and structural and pre-cast concrete fabrication. The high school will purchase welding and robotics equipment to support students in the metal fabrication program, as well as learners in evening adult training programs.

Medford Vocational Technical High School, Medford - $367,994, Construction and Craft Laborer: The high school will purchase heavy construction machinery to enhance its construction and craft laborer’s (CCL) program, as well as the Construction Academy which includes the carpentry and electrical programs.

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg - $250,000, Welding/Metal Fabrication: Welding is one of the top three sectors in the central Massachusetts region facing a skills gap that must be addressed. The high school will purchase new welding/metal fabrication equipment to update the existing day program, which will also used by adults in the new evening Career Technical Institute program.          

Monument Mountain Regional High School, Great Barrington - $75,000, Manufacturing Innovative Pathway: Students in the manufacturing Innovation Pathway will have opportunities for hands on instruction with several multi-material 3D printers, laser cutters, a welding simulator and automation simulator through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) project-based learning curriculum.

Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner - $250,000, Dental Hygiene: The college will outfit its dental clinic with a modern sterilization center and upgrade the dental treatment rooms and radiographic equipment to industry standards. The dental clinic is housed within Community Health Connections in Fitchburg, which dental hygiene and assisting students provide patient care. Training provided to students will improve with state-of-the art sterilization and infection control procedures and processes that comply with CDC and OSHA guidelines and align with state licensing requirements. 

Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School, Wakefield - $61,000, Allied Health Programs: The school will upgrade and modernize equipment in the health assisting and dental assisting programs, which serves more than 180 students. 

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rochester - $250,000, Electronic Engineering Technology: The school will expand training capacity in the electronics engineering technology program for high school students, and those in adult education programs. 

Peabody Public Schools, Peabody - $125,000, Medical Assisting: The school will purchase simulation-based training equipment for medical assistant students to gain hands-on practice and knowledge. The equipment will include patient simulators, electronic thermometers, spirometers, pediatric scales, diagnostic equipment, and vision and hearing screeners.  

Quaboag Regional High School, Warren - $75,000, Healthcare Innovation Pathway: Students in the healthcare Innovation Pathway will gain skills for entry level health care positions and receive Certified Nursing Assistant and Certified Medical Assistant certifications. With the grant, the school will purchase EKG machines, blood pressure and phlebotomy training arms, testing/diagnostic machines, CPR manikins with feedback devices as well as Project Lead the Way equipment for the Biomedical Sciences.

Quincy High School, Quincy - $162,400, Carpentry Technology: The high school will enhance the carpentry technology curriculum to strengthen students’ critical carpentry skills. The carpentry program is supported by community partners, including Callahan Construction, City of Quincy Inspectional Services, and A.H. Campbell and Son, Inc. who will work in collaboration with the high school to ensure graduates find gainful internships, apprenticeships, employment opportunities, and/or post-secondary education upon graduation. 

Quincy College, Quincy - $333,881, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Laboratory Technician: The college will purchase training equipment and new instructional technology for pharmacy technician and medical laboratory technicians, both occupations that are in demand in the region.

Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester - $231,522, Computer Systems Engineering Technology: The college will enhance its Systems Engineering Technology (CSET) Lab on its Worcester campus to allow more students to enter the fast-growing Information Technology industry as Computer User Support Technicians and Information Security Analysts.  As part of their required experiential learning, CSET degree students work with local employers to troubleshoot computer networking infrastructures, manage common third-party applications, design data storage solutions and much more in a structured, paid work environment.

Salem High School, Salem -$116,000, Automotive Technology: Salem High School will modernize its automotive technology program to ensure students have the skills required by local employers. Equipment and technology purchased including modern brake, alignment, tire, and diagnostic training equipment will enable students to prepare for ASE industry standard certifications.

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton- $234,000, Automotive Technology: The school will modernize the automotive technology and collision repair programs to prepare students as electric vehicle technology becomes more widespread. The ATECH Classroom Management system includes hands-on training aids in engine performance, electrical, emissions, hybrid, starting and charging brake, and restraint systems.

Somerville High School Somerville, MA - $268,000, Advanced Manufacturing: The high school will upgrade and build upon it advanced manufacturing program by adding industry-standard 3D printing/additive manufacturing equipment. Students working with this new equipment will have new opportunities for industry credentialing.

South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School, Hanover - $256,000, Allied Health Technology: High school and adult students will gain knowledge and skills in health care to pursue careers as certified nurses’ assistants, licensed practical nurses, blood pathologists, and EKG technicians.

Southeastern Regional School District, South Easton - $380,000, HVAC and Electrical: The school will install new electrical and HVAC equipment to support high school students in the traditional day programs and others enrolled in the and Career Technical Initiative training program. Students will earn education and work experience hours toward apprenticeship and/or licensure, along with other industry-recognized credentials. Electrical students will also graduate as PLC technicians, allowing them to install, program, and repair programmable logic controller systems in a variety of industrial applications. 

Swampscott High School, Swampscott - $74,250, Manufacturing Innovation Pathway: Swampscott High School is launching a newly state approved Innovation Pathway program in Advanced Manufacturing in the fall of 2021.  Grant funds will help create a manufacturing and fabrication lab that includes hand tools and basic wood and metal working machinery as well as 3-D printers, replicators, a laser cutter and a CNC machine for exposure to more industry-standard manufacturing processes and support students in attaining MACWIC and OSHA certifications, and specific certifications in industry-standard software such as Solidworks.

Taconic High School, Pittsfield - $171,615, Information Support Services and Networking: The high school is launching a new Information Support Services and Networking Program (ISSN) to meet the local workforce demand. New equipment will outfit two new IT computer labs that will provide a learning resource for students to become certified in COMP A++ and Cisco Networking Assistant.       

Tantasqua Regional Vocational High School, Fiskdale- $110,511, Culinary Arts and Hospitality: The school will retool the kitchen for the culinary program and student-run restaurant to match current industry standards and prepare students for cooperative education placements, as well as full-time employment in the region. Student’s enrolled in the programs earn their OSHA 10 cards, ServeSafe Allergen, Manager, and Alcohol, in addition to First Aid/CPR credentials.

Waltham High School, Waltham- $152,871, Health Assisting: The school will purchase industry-standard health care equipment including EKGs, Pulse Doppler and Vital Sign machines hospital grade furniture, training models, mobility equipment to support students enrolled in the newly launched Chapter 74 Healthcare Assistant Program to gain Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) industry recognized credential. The healthcare industry is identified as a priority sector in the Greater Boston Regional Blueprint. 

Watertown High School, Watertown - $218,073, Medical Assisting: Watertown High School is launching a medical assisting program to meet workforce needs in Greater Boston for more healthcare professionals. New equipment will closely mirror that found in a doctor’s or hospital’s patient examination rooms, labs, and ancillary offices such as exam tables, cabinets, lab tables, centrifuges, microscopes, EKG machines, AED machines, patient simulation mannequins, phlebotomy arms, computers, and software.

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