The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $11.8 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 32 vocational schools, community colleges, and traditional public high schools, which will use the funds to purchase vocational technical equipment and expand skills training programs for careers in growing industries. Twenty institutions are first-time recipients of the Workforce Skills Capital Grants.\n\n\u201cThese investments have a major impact for the educational institutions training our workforce and the students who stand to benefit from enhanced skills and career paths,\u201d\u00a0said Governor Charlie Baker.\u00a0\u201cStrengthening relationships between educational institutions and local industry as this program seeks to do is crucial to the success of our communities and Commonwealth as a whole.\u201d\n\nThe Workforce Skills Capital Grants program was created by the Baker-Polito Administration last year to assist educational institutions in demonstrating partnerships with industry and aligning curriculum and credentials with local businesses\u2019 demand, maximizing planning objectives and hiring or internship opportunities regionally.\n\n\u201cWe are pleased these investments are already benefitting students and adult learners across our Commonwealth,\u201d\u00a0said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cThe training students receive on the most up-to-date equipment purchased with these grants makes all the difference to them when they go into the workplace.\u201d\u00a0\n\nTo date, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $24 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants to 63 different institutions, improving programs that impact more than 7,100 students per year. The economic development bill signed by Governor Baker last year includes $45 million for the awards over the next three years to increase the capacity and quality of vocational educational programs.\n\nGovernor Baker today visited Greater Lowell Technical High School to announce the latest round of grant awardees. Greater Lowell Technical received $466,000 to create an Agile Digital Fabrication/Maker Space where high school and adult education students will engage in technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping.\n\nThe Governor was joined by the Workforce Skills Cabinet he established shortly after taking office, consisting of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II, Education Secretary James Peyser, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. The Cabinet, which seeks to align education, workforce and economic development strategies and improve job opportunities, worked to establish the Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program.\n\n\u201cIn the Workforce Skills Cabinet, we are focused on making sure residents have access to education and training that aligns with industry demand so all Massachusetts residents have an opportunity to be successful,\u201d\u00a0said Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald L. Walker, II.\u00a0\u201cThese grants enable educational institutions to partner with local businesses to give their students a jump-start on careers.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe goal of these grants is to update capital equipment, expand capacity, and launch new programs at educational institutions in order to create high-quality career pathways for more people across the Commonwealth,\u201d\u00a0said Education Secretary James Peyser.\u00a0\u201cThese grants give students and adult learners more opportunities to be successful through training, education and experience in fields that are growing and in-demand.\u201d\u201cThe best way to support our local and regional economies, and to grow our companies, is to foster a workforce that is ready for the jobs of today and tomorrow,\u201d\u00a0said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.\u00a0\u201cThese grants will help us to continue training the nation\u2019s most competitive workforce, by training students on industry-standard equipment and processes, and creating new employment opportunities for students and adult learners throughout the Commonwealth.\u201d\n\nWorkforce Skills Capital Grant Awardees:\n\nBlackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District: $500,000 - The school will upgrade equipment used in 12 programs, including health services, manufacturing, and multi-media communications.\n\nBrockton High School:\u00a0$495,674 \u2013 The school will purchase equipment for computer aided design, 3-D printing, robotics, and artificial intelligence.\n\nBunker Hill Community College:\u00a0$386,540 - The College will create a new laboratory dedicated solely to engineering.\u00a0 The new laboratory will make it possible to expand the program\u2019s academic offerings, including the Engineering Transfer Option Associates degree program.\u00a0\n\nCape Cod Community College:\u00a0$350,059 \u2013 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.\n\nCenter for Manufacturing Technology:\u00a0$167,296 - The Center for Manufacturing Technology will purchase a new milling machine and add upgrades to existing equipment.\u00a0 The new machinery will provide capacity to increase enrollment and will ensure students gain experience with state-of-the-art equipment during training.\n\nDighton-Rehoboth Regional High School: $492,519 - The school will expand a \u201cgreen\u201d lab instructional space. This lab space will contain a variety of \u201cenergy\u201d centers that allow students to manipulate interior and exterior climate environments, and these relationships, to a variety of building materials, surfaces and outdoor environments.\n\nEssex Technical High School:\u00a0$244,219 - The school will provide capacity to expand enrollments in the EMT/CPR day and evening programs.\u00a0 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.\n\nFranklin County Technical School:\u00a0$55,000 - The school will upgrade its welding program to industry standard by purchasing digitalized readout and gauges, safety technologies, and instructional equipment.\u00a0 The funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the schools\u2019 member towns.\n\nGloucester High School:\u00a0$499,634 \u2013 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.\n\nGreater Lowell Technical High School:\u00a0$466,000 \u2013 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.\n\nGreenfield Community College:\u00a0$496,113 \u2013 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.\n\nLower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative:\u00a0$410,230 - The educational collaborative will\u00a0 integrate the Graphics and Visual Design programs, allowing students to explore and understand the entire industry continuum from design to press and online production.\n\nLynn Vocational Technical Institute:\u00a0$333,293 \u2013 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.\n\nMassBay Community College:\u00a0$318,547 \u2013 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.\n\nMassasoit Community College:\u00a0$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.\n\nMcCann Technical School:\u00a0$131,976- The school will upgrade equipment for the carpentry, electrical, and machine programs.\u00a0 The equipment will support students to prepare to take the MACWIC Level I certification examinations.\n\nMedford Technical High School:\u00a0$500,000 \u2013 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, caf\u00e9, and commercial kitchen.\n\nMiddlesex Community College:\u00a0$489,750 \u2013 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.\n\nMinuteman High School:\u00a0$500,000 \u2013 The high school will increase machining and ancillary training simulator capacity used to teach Advanced Manufacturing.\u00a0 The new equipment will support student instruction in bio-manufacturing, digital fabrication, precision measurement, and quality control.\n\nMontachusett Regional Vocational Technical School:\u00a0$435,857 \u2013 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.\n\nMount Wachusett Community College:\u00a0$340,781 \u2013 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.\n\nNashoba Valley Technical High School:\u00a0$500,000 \u2013 The school will create an innovative training environment with a specific focus on collaborative robots (collabots) for students in the Robotics \u0026 Automation program.\u00a0 Equipment will also serve as an instructional resource for students in the Engineering, Biotechnology, and Manufacturing programs.\u00a0 New equipment will provide capacity for students to become certified in the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council production technician program as well as Fanuc\u2019s collaborative robot system.\n\nNorth Shore Community College:\u00a0$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.\n\nNorthern Essex Community College:\u00a0$500,000 \u2013 The College will launch a new Advanced Manufacturing program in Mechatronics and a new Culinary Arts program.\u00a0 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.\u00a0\n\nOld Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School District: $362,860 - The school district will upgrade both the Machine \u0026 Tool Technology and House \u0026 Mill Carpentry programs.\u00a0 The equipment includes both in classroom and portable equipment for use on remote job sites.\u00a0\n\nPathfinder 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 countries. The evening classes will prepare students to take the MACWIC Level 1 certification exam.\n\nPlymouth Public Schools:\u00a0$52,844 \u2013 The school district will purchase medical assisting and health assisting instructional equipment including a \u0027Nursing Anne\u0027 patient simulator.\u00a0 With the equipment, the school will be able to provide instruction to award eight types of industry credentials.\n\nQuincy Public Schools:\u00a0$74,712 - The school district will establish a new Information Technology Program.\u00a0 New equipment will help train students for entry-level computer repair, technical and help desk support, and network associate careers.\u00a0 Students will be prepared to pass the CompTia A+ Certification Edam, OSHA General Safety, and CISCO CCENT industry certification exams.\u00a0\n\nThe Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical:\u00a0$500,000 - The school is conducting a major modernization of its Machine Technology program.\u00a0 The equipment includes 3D printers, and vertical machining centers each equipped with simulators.\u00a0\n\nSouth Regional Technical School District-Keefe Technical High School:\u00a0$397,150\u00a0-\u00a0Keefe Regional Technical School will roll out a new Dental Assisting Program, purchasing dental chairs, panoramic X-ray technology, including development capability, Sterilizers and autoclaves.\n\nWhitter Regional Vocational Technical High School:\u00a0$500,000 - \u00a0The 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.