2020 Skills Capital Grant Program Awards

Award recipients from the 5th year of the Skills Capital Grant Program.

Fiscal Year 2020 Grant Recipients

Skills Capital Grant FY 20 Award Descriptions

Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School $281,000         

Culinary Arts programs

Funds will expand access to Culinary Arts program training and instruction by modernizing training equipment. The program has critical employment demand level as recognized by the Regional Labor Market Blueprint and by local business employment opportunities. Providing new industry standard equipment will improve student's workforce skills and post-secondary success for careers and advanced training in the healthcare and food service industry. The requested equipment is strategic and will leverage resources to assist in training and preparing high school students and adult learners to fulfill local workforce demands. The Culinary Arts equipment to be purchased includes advanced technology multi-use ovens with remote monitoring and cooking controls, high-efficiency ranges, ovens, fryers, steamers, dishwasher, and serving systems.


Barnstable High School $250,000

Environmental Science & Technology Pathway     

The Environmental Science and Technology Pathway is designed to develop transferable workplace and practical skills in the environmental science industries, which are in high regional demand.  Students who participate in the Environmental Science and Technology Pathway will be able to gain and/or be prepared to take the following industry credentials including Waste Water Certificate/License and Drinking Water Operator. Funding will support the design and construction of a Water Quality Analysis Lab to conduct sampling techniques and analysis using industry specific equipment and demonstrate practices related to municipal waste and drinking water treatment. 


Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School $375,000

Engineering Innovation Labs        

The grant will provide Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School with critical state-of-the-art equipment that will nurture the progression of design knowledge and assure engineering students develop competitive, industry-sought skills. Equipment will be placed in newly-created innovation labs that will inspire ideation and creation by engineering and manufacturing program students. Equipment to be purchased includes a 3-D Scanner, 3-D Printers, router, laser engraver, Festo Training Systems, etc. will provide students hands-on, project-based experiences that stimulate work environment.


Dearborn STEM Academy $300,000

The Dearborn, a Boston Public School operated by Boston Plan for Excellence, is launching a Computer Science Innovation Pathway in collaboration with MassHire Boston and industry partners including Microsoft. Equipment funded by the grant program will support a Brilliant Career Lab computer science and fabrication/makerspace that will include workstations computers, computer hardware support equipment, robotics and programing kits.


Bridgewater State University $299,000

An Expansion of BSU Aviation Programs  

Bridgewater State University, the only accredited baccalaureate flight training program in New England, provides students opportunities in high demand private or commercial pilot and aviation management careers. Grant funding will support the program located at the New Bedford Airport to purchase flight instruction simulators, plane, and upgrade plane avionics to ensure new aircraft are compliant with FAA regulations. Bridgewater State University is collaborating with high schools and regional vocational schools in the area to develop articulation, dual enrollment and early college career pathway opportunities.


Bristol Community College $499,108

Offshore Wind Energy Workforce

Funding will support Bristol Community College’s new associate degree in science in Offshore Wind Energy that provides a pathway to new jobs in the offshore wind industry. The program will provide students coming from vocational and other high schools and adult workers (veterans and unemployed/underemployed) in need of credentialing identified by industry partners.  Funding in partnership with industry partners will support development of an offshore wind energy lab that focuses on skill-based training in the fields of electro-mechanics, fiber optics, photonics and high voltage integration. Bristol Community College is collaborating with the Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational High School to align curriculum and to support updated labs.


Cape Cod Community College $310,000

Engineering Prototyping and Training Center        

Cape Cod Community College is launching an Engineering Prototyping and Training Center related to electromechanical devices as well as traditional mechanical and electronic parts to support manufacturing in the region. The Center will be an open resource for the Cape and Island region and will serve multiple populations including Community College students (credit and non-credit), regional high school students, community-based makers and start-ups, and regional engineering and manufacturing employers. Equipment funded by the grant includes mechatronic simulators, renewable energy technology, CNC, 3D printing, and injection molding and vacuum forming stations.   


Danvers High School $150,000

Innovation Pathways: Information Technology and Manufacturing

Funding will purchase the installation of equipment to increase opportunities for students and to support Danvers High School to launch new Information Technology and Manufacturing Innovation Pathways.  The Innovation Pathways are open to all students at DHS and is part of a whole-school restructuring to create cohesive and comprehensive college and career experiences. The funding will support new computer hardware to ensure our technical and college-level courses across the three sectors have the necessary technology to run industry-based software programs. Funding will leverage external funding, in professional development, training and equipment provided by Project Lead the Way and MA STEMHub.


Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District $499,995

Veterinary Science Program

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District grant will improve and expand Veterinary Science career and technical education opportunities to students on the North Shore and Cape Ann.  The program will be expanded through a partnership with MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center to become a functioning full-service veterinary hospital. Resources will support renovations in the current Veterinary Science laboratory and for the purchase of state-of-the-art large and small animal equipment students will find in the workplace.


Franklin County Technical School $275,000

Veterinary Science Program

Funding will support equipment and technology for a new Veterinarian Science Clinic that will provide educational training for high school age students, adult learners, and local and agricultural businesses in the Pioneer Valley region. The Workforce Skills Cabinet Regional Blueprint identified agriculture as a critical sector and partners noted the need of veterinarian training facilities within Western Massachusetts. The program will provide pathways careers in Veterinary Science as; Approved Veterinarian Assistants (AVA) specialists, Animal care and service workers, groomers, Veterinary Technicians and Surgical Technologists.  Franklin County Tech has already established linkage and articulation agreements with the UMass Stockbridge School, Mount Wachusett Community College, UMass Veterinary School, and Tufts West Veterinarian Clinic.


Greater Lowell Technical High School $381,051

Health Science Expansion

The grant will support Greater Lowell Technical High School’s expansion of Health Science Cluster of health assisting and medical assisting programs to meet the growing needs of the local industry.  Additionally, the school provides a post-secondary practical nurse program.  Funding will support the school to put in place patient simulation centers and patient care training stations to allow for increased enrollment.  Additionally, funding will support the creation of a centralized equipment and materials center and upgrade several learning spaces with instructional equipment that will allow for better collaboration, the use of technology and credentialing of students.  


Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School (GNB Voc-Tech)  $300,000

Welding Technology Automation              

Welding is a dynamic industry that has become enhanced by technological developments.  Many workers who possess welding skills are employed in the building and construction trades and emerging wind energy sector. Skilled workers in the field also obtain employment in a variety of manufacturing positions including Fabricated Metal Products, Transportation Equipment, as well as Computer and Electronic Products employers in the region. Funding will support purchase of a Millermatic Mig Welders (welding different types of metals); (Virtual Welding Simulators, vertical-tilt Bandsaw (metal cutting); Press Break (metal bending); Hydraulic Shear (cutting metal plates); CNC Plasma Table (metal cutting.


Hampden County Sheriff's Department $168,940

Fundamentals of Food Service

The Hampden County Sheriff’s Department is a medium-sized correctional facility located in Ludlow, Hampden County, MA. HCSD is launching a new food service training program to provide pathways to employment in the hotel and culinary sector. Funding will support the department to construct and equip an insertional classroom and industrial training kitchen, including ovens, baking mixers, food preparation stations, and a stand-alone freezer. Students will learn kitchen etiquette, food terminology and workplace readiness skills and will prepare for the ServSafe industry recognized credential and OSHA-10 certification. The Department is collaborating with Holyoke Community College on aligning training and post-secondary culinary and hospitability pathway opportunities.


Holyoke Community College $230,068

Health Science Program Expansion

With support from the MA Skills Capital Grant program, Holyoke Community College (HCC) will purchase updated equipment, technology, and supplies for several academic programs held in the Center for Health Education. Grant resources will support expanding enrollments of the Medical Assisting Program; enhancing curriculum in several healthcare training programs through the introduction of Telehealth technology; and updated equipment for the simulation lab experiences. The increased instructional capacity will support the colleges to increasing access and use of the Center for Health Education by partnering organizations, healthcare employers, high schools and vocational schools, and four-year college programs.


Madison Park Technical Vocational High School $449,000

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Training Lab

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School is launching a new Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) vocational program. Labor market analysis reveals a strong demand for new workers in this high-skill occupation both to fill new jobs and even more importantly to replace retiring workers.  The proposed MPTVHS offering will provide training for career opportunities in this field and provide pathways to post-secondary certification.  Youth and adult learners, along with incumbent workers in HVAC&R occupations including occupations related to facilities maintenance and sustainable construction are the targeted groups for the program.  Purchased equipment include building Energy Management, Electricity, AC/DC, Refrigeration, Heat Pump, Piping, simulation and workstation equipment.


Mashpee High School $250,000

Advanced Manufacturing Lab

Grant resources will support students enrolled in Mashpee High Schools new manufacturing innovation pathway, complementary science, and CTE courses. New advanced manufacturing equipment including CNC, lathe, welding simulator, 3D printer, and robotics kits will support students to acquire industry certification with MACWIC credentialing, OSHA 10-Hour card, Siemens CNC manufacturing certification, Additive Manufacturing Certification, Kuka Kore Certification.  The school is collaborating with Cape Cod Community College, Mass Maritime, and Quinsigamond Community College to develop college credit, campus experiences and post-secondary options. Mashpee High School Advanced Manufacturing Lab will provide opportunities for Cape Cod and Island k-8 students afterschool and summer STEM related experience and exposure opportunities.


Massasoit Community College $250,000

Diesel Technology Program

Massasoit Community College Diesel Technology program is meeting a critical workforce need in the region and across the Commonwealth.  To address this need, Massasoit works with high school, workforce development, and community partners to attract recent graduates and un- and under-employed adults into this program. New diesel engine equipment and instructional technology capabilities with support the college’s exiting programs as well as to introduce a new Alternative Fuels and Emissions certificate to complement its associate degree program so that students can earn an entry-level credential. Additionally, the college is collaborating with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department to pilot a hybrid on location/on campus program to train soon-to-be-released inmates to become diesel technicians.


Middlesex Community College $250,000

Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting

The college’s dental programs lead to a Dental Hygiene associate degree or a certificate in Dental Assisting.  Dental Hygiene students gain the skills and knowledge to take National Dental Hygiene Board and Commission on Dental Competency Assessment (CDCA) examinations and provide quality dental-hygiene care in various settings. Dental Assisting graduates prepare for the Dental Assisting National Board exam and can perform clinical supportive procedures. The programs enroll nearly 80 students ayear. Grant funds will fund updating to industry standards operatories in the Dental Hygiene Clinic as well as operatories in the Dental Assisting Clinic. Upgrades include patient chairs, stools, delivery units, dental lights, and cabinets.


Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School $384,258

Health Career and Automotive Technician Training Programs

Grant resources will support Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School in closing Health Occupations and Automotive Technology Technician workforce skill gaps in the Central MA region. Funding for health-related equipment/technology includes EKG machines, geriatric patient simulation manikins, blood pressure and phlebotomy training arms, testing/diagnostic machines, and CPR manikins with feedback devices (as required by the American Heart Association), and innovative virtual learning technology that would add an all-new virtual component to the program, providing access to lessons in dissection, human body systems, and anatomy and physiology. Funding will also support the automotive technician program student’s certification and employment opportunities by adding high tech trainers and simulators that are aligned with NATEF requirements.


Mount Wachusett Community College $55,643

Healthcare Workforce – CNA Workforce Learning Lab at Leominster Campus

Grant resources will support Mount Wachusett Community College to equip a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) learning and simulation lab at the Leominster campus that will increase the capacity of an existing Adult Education that provides concurrent English language instruction, while simultaneously training students in the skills required to complete the state CNA exam.  The program provides completers with employment opportunities with industry partners as well as pathways to nursing or health care pathway degree or certificates programs. Students will build and apply foundational language and practical skills in the field through a combination of classroom exercises, simulation lab practices, and participating in an experiential learning experience via a clinical at an employer partner. 


New Bedford High School $275,000

Information Technology and Logistics Laboratory

The New Bedford High School information technology and logistics laboratory will align with priority industry Information Technology and Manufacturing as identified in Mass Hire Greater New Bedford Regional Blueprint.  The laboratory will include conveyor systems, robotic arms, 3-D printers, and robotic automation training systems intended to support the automation of a supply chain system.  New Bedford students will receive training that will lead to industry recognized certification in robotic automation as part of their National Academy Foundation pathway program in IT and Engineering.


Northampton Public Schools $133,879

IT Innovation Pathway and Cisco Academy

Northampton High School has enrolled students in the Information Technology Pathway program that allows internships, early college credits, and exposure to areas of Information Technology. Students obtain professional level credentials and are prepared to enter the workforce at the end of high school, or are better equipped to enter college with a high understanding of the concepts of IT. Presently students participate in internships at  the school IT department, the City IT departments, and at employers coordinated through Tech Foundry. Funding will support the development of a Cisco academy training experience and includes the purchase of switches, computers, routers, security appliances, WAN network interface serial adapter and other related equipment. Cisco is providing a matching discount, professional development and access to online materials.


Northbridge High School $225,000

Health Services and IT Innovation Pathway Programs

Northbridge High has enrolled students in newly launched Innovation Pathways in health services and IT. Both industries have been identified as priory sectors in the Workforce Skills Cabinet regional blueprint.  The schools’ innovation pathways have been developed through industry advisory, and associated programming through Quinsigamond Community College and are constructed to provide industry credential and college credits. Funding will support health summation patients, computer information technology workstation and robotics equipment.


Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School $225,000

Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences

Grant resources will support applied learning instructional equipment for Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Health Assisting vocational program. Additionally, new equipment and technology support by the grant will allow the school to expand students access to related course offerings through the addition of Project Lead The Way Biomedical Science courses. Experience with industry standard health sciences equipment will provide students with the technical skills required for successful entry into the healthcare science careers such as Medical Lab Technician, Health Sciences, Nursing, Surgical Technician, or Biomedical Equipment Technician. Partnerships to support post-secondary pathway transitions and work-based learning experiences include Springfield Technical Community College, Holyoke Community College, Baystate Health Eastern Region, Viant Medical as well as the Region’s MassHire Workforce Boards and Career Centers.


Quincy High School / Quincy Public Schools $148,100

Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology Program

Funding will support Quincy Public Schools to enhance the schools Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology vocational program that trains students to enter jobs as Broadcast, Audio, and Video Equipment Technicians, Producers and Directors, and Sound Engineering Technicians in high-demand on the south shore.  Funding will support purchase of studio cameras, teleprompter, stage lighting and sound, green screen, control room console and equipment, and editing work stations.  The program is supported by three dedicated community partners, including, Carey Productions, Quincy Access Television, and Curry College who will work in collaboration with QHS to ensure that graduates find gainful internships, apprenticeships, employment opportunities, or post-secondary education upon graduation.


Quinsigamond Community College $476,807

Dental Technician Workforce

Grant funding will support Quinsigamond Community College’s development of a Dental Materials Lab by providing industry standard equipment to train future dental hygienists and dental assistants on the many tasks necessary to become competent dental clinicians and enter these in-demand healthcare occupations. New equipment will include articulators, curing units, dental engine brushes/ lathes, mixers, porcelain ovens, wax heaters, and autoclaves.  The new Dental Materials Lab also supports the college’s onsite Dental Clinic, which provides experiential learning to 20 students and dental services to 800+ low-income individuals each year.


Roxbury Community College (RCC) $300,000

Smart Building Technology Engineer Technician   

The College is establishing a Smart Building Technology (SBT) Program as a specialization track within its Engineering Department and by providing industry professional development and a workforce training course. Smart buildings, whose core is integrated building technology systems, are about construction and operational efficiencies and enhanced management and occupant functions. Through the use of instructional technology and the smart building, students will learn core building systems (e.g., HVAC, lighting, and electric), and how to optimize the functionality of high-performance buildings.  Skills Capital Grant funds will be used to create a classroom and laboratory infrastructure that provides hands-on, work-based learning opportunities in physics and electrical engineering. These simulated engineering systems and sensors to allow students to apply technical solutions and troubleshoot problems as well as provide opportunities for open-ended discoveries. 


Somerville High School / Somerville Public Schools $186,900

Welding and Metal Fabrication Technician

Somerville High School’s Welding Simulation Project will expand access to a number of industries for a wider range of learners by utilizing cutting-edge welding technology that enhances the learning experience for students preparing to enter the workforce, as well as adults looking to re-enter the workforce with new skills they can bring to high-demand manufacturing and trade industries. Funding will support the purchase of Lincoln VRTEX Welding Simulators that will be integrated into Somerville High School's Metal Fabrication and Welding program and used for cross-training purposes with other CTE programs. Students will be able to learn core welding techniques in a safe and controlled environment and receive individualized and immediate feedback that will allow them to work at a steady but personalized pace.


South Shore Vocational Technical High School $298,000   

Advanced Manufacturing and Precision Welding Technicians

South Shore Vocational Technical High School will purchase state of the art equipment to support high school students enrolled in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program and the Metal Fabrication and Welding Program and adult evening post secondary training programs.  The resources purchased will allow students to develop industry demanded skills in engineering, robotics, advanced manufacturing, and metal fabrication. The funds will allow us to purchase 3D printer, Robotic Arm System Kits, Haas Mini-Mill, CNC equipment and welding and cutting equipment and simulators.


Springfield Technical Community College $500,000

Health Science and Electrical Engineering Technology       

Funding will support Springfield Technical Community College growth of Health Science degree and Electrical Engineering Technology programs that offer strong career opportunities in priority industries and occupations in the region. Through the acquisition of new medical patient simulation training equipment, STCC will increase insertional capacity which will allow a larger number of students to enroll in the program. By securing state-of-the art robotic arms for the Electrical Engineering Technology program, the College will have new capacity to provide hand-on experience with equipment students in degree and workforces programs will encounter in advanced manufacturing facilities.


Tantasqua RVHS $260,000

Advanced and Adaptive Manufacturing Training

Grant resources will support the school to introduce elements of additive manufacturing and mechatronics in three existing vocational programs (Mechanical Design, Manufacturing Program and Electrical Program) to support the manufacturing sector identified as priority sector in Regional Blueprint. Students will participate in a structed collaborative cross training model to provide critical technical skills and essential the soft skills identified by employer partners. Equipment purchases will include workstations, 3D Printer, and instructional simulators including Electrical Training System, Motor Controls Training Systems, Vision Guided Robotics Systems.


Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School (UCT) $260,000

Marine Services Technician Program

Funding will support the modernizations of equipment used by Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School Marine Technology students to prepare to enter the marine services workforce. Funding will support engines and instrumentation control technology, fabrication and welding equipment, finishing equipment for fiberglass and epoxy, meters for certification courses, and equipment for moving engines and other devices. Students trained on these state-of-the-art items can transition smoothly into the region’s Regional Blueprint priority Blue Economy workforce and expand the capacity of marinas and boatyards to meet the needs of the recreational and commercial boating industries.


Uxbridge High School $175,000

Information Technology Innovation Pathway

Linking work with career placement, the Uxbridge High School Innovation Pathway and the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce are collaborating to ensure that the needs of the academic and the industry sectors are compatible and integrated, working symbiotically and constructively to merge academic and authentic skills through pragmatic student experiences and outcomes.  Using industry-standard equipment and technology supported by the grant will provide students exposure to computer programing, digital media tools, large format 3D imaging and design, visual design, motion capture technology, and editing software. 


Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School $409,225

Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration  Program

The grant funding will provide Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High’s Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration program provide capabilities to prepare students on residential, commercial, and light commercial equipment and therefore will be able to increase the number of qualified technicians in our region. The program serving high school vocational students and post-secondary evening students will gain instructional training equipment related to gas heat, oil burner technologies, rooftop heating and cooling units, ice machines, refrigeration and freezers units, ductless high- efficiency heat pumps, and air conditioning systems.


Worcester Technical High School Worcester Public Schools $210,000

The One Health Initiative

The Allied Health Academy within Worcester Technical High School will support closing the Central MA regions healthcare workforce skills gaps by providing technical instruction to support students enrolled in healthcare vocational programs, newly enrolled Healthcare Innovation Pathway programs at Worcester Public High Schools, and Worcester Nightlife adult training and professional development program. Funding will support patient simulation mannequins, healthcare related technical instructional equipment, and healthcare systems technology.


Supplemental Round FY20

Attleboro High School, Attleboro $250,000

Manufacturing and Robotics

Attleboro High School provides students an Advanced Manufacturing vocation program and will also use Skills Capital equipment to provide new opportunities for robotic and engineering related instruction.  Equipment purchased include robotics kits and programable equipment. Bristol Community College will provide students opportunities for Dual Enrollment Courses and credit for college courses through articulation agreements. 


Ayer Shirley Regional High School, Ayer $82,951

STEM Pathway

Ayer Shirley Regional High School has newly established a STEM Pathway program where students receive training and certification in industry design software such as SolidWorks and AutoCad.  Students will have access to enroll in new courses that engage students in real world tasks utilizing new equipment, software licensing and the engineering design process such as 3d modeling, prototyping, structural analysis and quality control. The equipment to be purchased includes 3D printers, a CNC lathe, laser cutters, robotics kits, circuit boards, hand tools, and the storage and work surfaces needed to use all equipment effectively and safely.


Bristol County Sheriff's Office, Dartmouth $300,000

Advanced Manufacturing

The Bristol County Sheriff's Office operates an Adult Basic Education that provides both inmates and pre-trial detainees with an opportunity to earn their high school equivalency credential. The program is designed to increase economic sustainability and growth for male and female inmates who are incarcerated in Bristol County facilities and provide the education and skills necessary to enter the local textile manufacturing industry. The main partner Merrow manufacturing will help provide hands-on training opportunities for students. The credentials earned include Osha 10, High School Equivalency credentials, and Introduction to Manufacturing Certificate.


EDCO Collaborative, Bedford:  $298,588


EDCO Collaborative is establishing a Certified Nursing Aide / Home Health Aide Career track for Transition-Age At-Risk Youth.  This initiative will include strong linkages to academic and student support services that will provide students with the opportunity to graduate with an H.S. Diploma or GED along with dual certifications recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Health as a Certified Nursing Aide & Home Health Aide.  The equipment purchased will be used to set up a simulated health care environment that is representative of industry standards and practices. The major equipment to be purchased includes Multi-position 4 rail electric bed package, simulation manikin, defibrillator, Hoyer lift, wheelchairs, sit-to-stand lift, mobile blood pressure kit, AED trainer, storage cabinets, computers, and smartboard technology.


McCann Technical School, North Adams $150,000

Advanced Manufacturing

Funding will provide McCann Technical School equipment for advanced manufacturing vocational programs to support the Berkshire Region’s precision manufacturing, metal fabrication, aerospace, defense, commercial, medical device, plastics, and mold making employers. Critical to this industry is a workforce of well-trained machinists, machine operators and programmers, and metal fabricators.  Equipment will support high school advanced manufacturing and metal fabrication students as well as training programs for area underemployed and unemployed workers, veterans, and retraining students from the existing workforce. Equipment to be purchased includes a CNC, programmable vertical band saw, and a CNC plasma cutting machine.


North Shore Community College, Danvers $385,684


North Shore Community College is establishing a Funeral Services program within the Personal Services Pathway. The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Funeral Services responds to regional employer demand. The program will provide hands-on, project-based experiences for Funeral Service students and incumbent workers seeking additional training in the field. The proposed project will create a modern Funeral Services laboratory with situations and settings students will encounter when they participate in their field experiences and future careers at local funeral homes: consultation area, viewing room/chapel, a simulated embalming lab and mortuary lab. Lab equipment will include gurneys, embalming machines, instruments and supplies, mortuary model and table, and restorative supplies for the mortuary lab.  The credential awarded are Associate degree and Type Six Licenses for Funeral Directors/Managers/Embalmers. 


Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill $185,136

Robotics and Automation Technology

Northern Essex Community College (NECC) will launch a new program in Robotics and Automation Technology in collaboration with Greater Lawrence Technical School and Lawrence High School.  Machinists, production workers, quality control, programmers, inspectors, testers, and manufacturing supervisors are among the highest demand occupations cited by the Regional Labor Market Blueprint. The partnership will support adult workers as well as high school students enrolled in the engineering and Advanced Manufacturing vocational programs.  Funding will support the purchase equipment Electronic Motor Controls, Fault Troubleshooting systems, Motor Braking System, PLC Motor Controls as well as Seimans Smart Factory Learning System, Haas Control Simulators.


Per Scholas Greater Boston, Boston $51,444

Information Technology

Per Scholas will address the needs of employers and low-income

residents by training Boston’s un/underemployed individuals as IT professionals and connecting them to the employers that need them. Our primary initial course will be Network Support, a 15 week, full-time, tuition-free training leading to dual CompTIA A+ and Network+ professional certification. Students are led through rigorous, hands -on curriculum by our technology instructors, learning about computer hardware and software, setting up networks, troubleshooting mobile devices, and much more. Graduates are prepared for entry-level IT positions including as Desktop Support Specialists, IT Support Analysts and Network Field Technicians. Along with technical training, we will provide integrated, holistic support services to all students, including career coaching, financial security strategies, wraparound services and opportunities to engage with IT professionals through our corporate volunteer program.


School of Reentry at Boston Pre-Release, Boston $105,223

Information Technology

The School of Reentry will purchase computer and hardware technology to double the capacity of its Information Technology Training program that provides inmates classroom instruction and structures work place learning opportunities. Current partnerships to deliver courses at the include Brandeis, MIT, and Roxbury Community College (RCC).  The School of Reentry is also Certified Certiport Testing facility and students earn the Microsoft Office Specialist certification.


Southeast Middlesex Regional Vocational School – Keffe Tech, Framingham $150,000

Horticulture and Landscape Management

Funding will support Southeast Middlesex Regional Vocational School – Keefe Tech to purchase of industry standard horticulture equipment, including a mini excavator, skid steer loader with attachments, a mini utility loader with attachments, and a heavy-duty utility vehicle. The school provides a vocational horticulture and landscape management program as well as night program to provide professional development and industry training programs to meet employer’s workforce needs. Industry partners include Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Natick Community Farm, and Framingham Parks and Recreation and the program has an articulation agreement with the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst.