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.



FY20 Round 2 (GE)


Barnstable High School, Barnstable - $60,000: Barnstable High will enhance its Food Service and Hospitality Center, enabling more students to take part in the program.  Students gain practical skills in the culinary arts and hospitality industries, both in high demand in the Cape region. Students also learn about the tourism and retail industries, along with business, entrepreneurship, and marketing. With the grant, the school will open a food truck so students can experience what it is like to own and operate a business.


Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology – $190,011: Ben Franklin Institute will purchase equipment to enhance its Engineering Technology curricula with new robotics and automation tools. Training on the new equipment will enable BFIT's educational experience to more closely mirror the workplace environment of the high-priority industries of Greater Boston.


Berkshire Innovation Center - $200,000: The Berkshire Innovation Center will purchase additive manufacturing equipment to support the advanced manufacturing sector, identified as a critical industry in the region. Additive Manufacturing promises to revolutionize the production process. With the new equipment, Berkshire Innovation Center will develop introductory and college certificate levels which will build on pathways to associates and bachelor’s degrees. The goal is to provide local employers with skilled workers so they can enter new markets, create new jobs, and grow their existing businesses.


*Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District - $830,106: Blackstone Valley will create two biotechnical laboratories that will respond to the anticipated growth of STEM-related occupations. The labs will feature state-of-the-art equipment designed to serve both academic and vocational instruction. The program will begin as a core science offering with concurrent certification, and college credit, in biomedical science. These courses will also enhance several vocational programs with additional lab space, including Health Services, Engineering, Dental, Post-Secondary Practical Nurse, Veterinary Assistant, and Advance Manufacturing.


Boston Collegiate Charter School - $150,000: The school plans to expand access to academic and career exposure in computer science, engineering and robotics by upgrading STEM equipment in the newly established maker space. The new maker space serves as an entry point for learning about design, robotics, computing and IT. Students gain technical competency, problem-solving skills, along with the confidence and inspiration to further engage in STEM learning at BCCS.


Boston Green Academy - $119,800: With the grant, Boston Green Academy will be able to teach nearly 500 students in grades 6-12, their families and residents, how to plan, grow, and harvest edible crops in a year-round urban agricultural lab. Instruction will take place in the environmental science program, established in 2017. The addition of the year-round growing environment will give all Boston Green Academy students a functioning lab in which to learn about producing food in urban and climate-challenged conditions. In addition to the science of agriculture, the contained lab will provide an ideal model for students to gain skills to create a business, manage staff, work collaboratively, maintain inventory, and learn marketing and distribution, all while growing food for their families and the community.


*Bristol Community College - $861,097: Bristol Community College was awarded a two-year grant to purchase equipment to support the Global Wind Organization Basic Safety Training and Basic Technical Training for careers in the emerging offshore wind industry. Each training area is certified by the Global Wind Organization (GWO) and successful graduates earn a Basic Safety and Technical Training certificate, valid for two years and a required workforce credential for offshore wind occupations. A skilled workforce in the Off-Shore Wind industry is projected to be needed by 2020.


Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School - $119,278: The school will develop a new career and vocational program in robotics and automation technology that will target industry needs in advanced manufacturing, automated technology, and engineering. The new equipment will expand course offerings and certifications available, as well as support after-school adult training programs in collaboration with MassHire. This new program will create pathways to certification, graduation and employment for students.


Brockton High School - $300,000: The high school will expand its long-established Health Assisting program, doubling the number of students who complete nurse assistant training course. With the grant, the school will purchase vital equipment that will allow it to increase the number of students completing the program. In addition, Brockton High will work with other high schools, Champion High School and Edison Academy, to offer training opportunities to their students. The school’s advisory board, as well as stakeholders in the community including local hospitals, clinics and other educational partners, are committed to expanding training so more students become employable in the healthcare industry in Southeastern Massachusetts.


Bunker Hill Community College -$222,012: The grant will support the college’s growing associate degree program in biological sciences, which has three concentrations – biotechnology, biology transfer, and medical professions. The college will equip a new biology laboratory designed for this major, as well as upgrade an existing laboratory so that it can offer upper-level chemistry courses and other STEM majors.


Burlington High School – $225,700: The high school plans to improve the equipment in its Innovation Pathway program in information technology. The school will purchase new computers, robotics, augmented/virtual reality equipment in order to expose more students to computer science. The school is currently limited in the number of students who can access the program due to equipment constraints.


Cape Cod Community College - $250,000: The college will purchase training equipment for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS/EMT), Paramedic and Funeral Services programs. The college will offer an Associate of Science in Funeral Service, Emergency Medical Technician Certification, and Paramedic Certification. Cape Cod Community College will work with MassHire and local school districts to recruit students, including individuals with significant barriers to employment. 


Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) - $311,131: The Center for Manufacturing Technology provides unemployed and underemployed individuals in Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties with industry-recognized credentials and meaningful employment outcomes. The grant will support the purchase and installation of equipment in the Introduction to General Machine Shop Practices, and Advanced Machining CNC Milling and Turning training programs. The new equipment will provide students with access to industry-standard mills, lathes, sheet metal equipment and machinist tool and inspection kits.


Central MA Center for Business and Enterprise/Blackstone Valley EdHub - $250,000: The Center will purchase equipment to meet industry demands in welding, robotics and drafting. The equipment will help provide valued credentials to students and fill a critical need in the local manufacturing sector. The center plans to add the Mindsight Learning Management Software to its existing network to enable anytime, anywhere learning through EdHub’s online coursework. Several courses, including ePortfolio development, financial and digital literacy, and entrepreneurship, will become invaluable resources to schools, businesses and students who need to gain competency without having to leave their location. This option will allow BV EdHub to dramatically expand its student network.


Chicopee Comprehensive High School - $150,000: The high school will purchase equipment for its Machine Technology program to encourage more students to take advantage of its Innovation Lab. In the lab, students collaborate, design, fabricate, test and transform their ideas into a physical creation. With the new equipment, the school will be able to expand the number of students able to take part in the Machine Technology program so more students are prepared for careers in advanced manufacturing.


Everett Public Schools - $205,754: Everett Public Schools will purchase equipment for its STEM Academy and Allied Health Academy. The STEM Academy prepares students to pursue a future in biotech, mechanical, civil or computer engineering. The Allied Health Academy focuses students on careers as physicians, nurses, physical therapists, lab, radiology and other health-related areas.


Danvers High School - $205,000: The high school plans to launch a new Health Care Simulation and Training Center that will give students experience to practice care management skills needed to pursue a career in health care. Students will be prepared to become Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), as well as enter a variety of degree or certification programs in health care at North Shore Community College.


Dearborn STEM Academy - $200,000: The school is developing an engineering/advanced manufacturing pathway that will launch in the 2020-2021 school year aimed at attracting students who have historically been underrepresented in degree and credential completion in these fields. The grant will enable the school to purchase specific technology and simulation equipment that will educate students and provide for certain certifications.


Dudley Charlton School District – Shepherd Hill Regional High School, $327,255: Shepherd Hill Regional High School launched an early career pathway in manufacturing. The program will be expanded to students in 9th and 10th grades, and the school will strive to support low-income students, English Language Learners and students with disabilities, or others who might already be exploring post-secondary education options. Students will gain valuable curriculum and hands-on experience that will allow them to gain credentials and MACWIC advanced manufacturing certifications.


Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers (EMK) $250,000: EMK will expand its new Health Assisting program, which started in 2016 with donations of used equipment from Brigham Hospital. The academy is experiencing increased demand from prospective students who live in the Boston area. Along with installing current bedside equipment and technology at its Fenwood campus, students will gain work experience at clinical sites so they gain the skills necessary for employment.


Fitchburg High School $250,000: The high school is developing an Advanced Manufacturing program geared toward students who are interested in being ready for the workforce upon graduation. The goal of the program is to provide content and workforce development while serving an identified need in the local labor market. Students will have opportunities for technical training and learning experiences that will mirror experiences necessary for success. The school is working closely with industry partners to ensure it provides industry-recognized credentials.


Franklin County Technical School - $250,000: The school will equip a new Nursing SIM Lab to offer a Certified Medical Assistant program to high school students in grades 9-12 and offer an evening Licensed Practical Nursing program to adults that will work at local hospitals, clinics and colleges. The new equipment will include simulated patients with computer-driven, physiologically-based responses that react to interventions in real-time, and virtual reality excursions bronchoscopy and laparoscopic.


Future Chefs - $115,056: Future Chefs provides job training to low-income teens in Boston, preparing them to enter the culinary industry with job-readiness that sets them up for success in any industry. Future Chefs is building a new teaching kitchen with professionalized production capacity. The kitchen will allow the organization to expand its work-based learning program and enhance the breadth of its teaching. 


*Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute/Gloucester Biotechnology Academy $940,569: Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute is a world-class research institute and teaching facility that will use its grant funding to build a biomanufacturing training center that will expand the Gloucester Biotechnology Academy. The Academy offers a nine-month, laboratory intensive biotechnology certificate program which provides a pathway to a career as a technician in the fast-growing biotech industry. Through the grant, the Academy will double its enrollment and expand the skills and credentials of graduates, launching them into careers as highly-qualified entry-level biotech lab technicians. The Academy will offer a new biomanufacturing curriculum and hands-on learning experience, with a new laboratory and classroom with specialized equipment that will simulate the professional environments students encounter in biomanufacturing.


Greenfield Community College - $147,097: The college will expand its Farm and Food Systems agriculture program to include sustainable industrial-scale production farming management practices on its half-acre Meadow Farm plot at the main campus. The Farm and Food Systems program gives students an understanding of the ecological, economic, political and social systems as they relate to food and farming. Students also learn hands-on skills through internships and applied courses such as Mushroom Foraging and Cultivation, Beekeeping, Four Season Farming, Organic Gardening, Food Preservation and Introduction to Food System.


Hampden County Sheriff’s Department (Women’s Facility) - $145,744: The Western Massachusetts Regional Women’s Correctional Center, part of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, plans to create an integrated textile machine operation training program. The training will include a computer component, including a Smart Board for instruction in specific software designed for the textile industry and various Microsoft applications for pricing, inventory control and product design. The program will target Advanced Manufacturing as the umbrella industry, with a focus on textile manufacturing.


Holyoke Community College - $240,743: The college will make improvements to the on-campus instructional kennel for the Veterinary Technician program. HCC offers the only American Veterinary Medical Association-accredited Veterinary Technician program for residents in the four Western Massachusetts counties. The training benefits recent high school graduates, adult learners, incumbent workers, and unemployed and underemployed residents. Through the grant funding, the college will increase enrollment, and create a new stackable credentials Veterinary Assistant certificate program.


Laboure Center Adult Education Programs - $137,358: The Laboure Center programs consist of ESOL courses for 182 low-income adult learners, and training for Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide programs for 150 students. The funding will enable the Center to purchase new technology, including health training equipment and computers in order to expand enrollment and provide additional training in the evening, heling more students earn credentials, certification and higher-level academic programs.


Lower Pioneer Valley Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC)- $200,000: CTEC is a half-day vocational school in West Springfield that offers eleven vocational programs for approximately 460 students from nine different school districts. Four years ago, CTEC opened a machine technology shop to provide training for both high school students and unemployed/underemployed adults, in partnership with the Hampden County Workforce Board. CTEC will use the grant to upgrade manual milling and lathe equipment to include CNC capacity, update software, and replenish tooling. The program will also purchase equipment to expand Arborculture and Turf Management concentrations as part of its certified Landscaping/Horticulture program.


Mashpee Public Schools: $202,175 – The school district is creating a health services clinic space at Mashpee Middle-High School, and the grant will outfit a lab space within the school’s technology center with the necessary equipment so students can be certified in health and medical assisting careers, including Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) Home Health Aides, and Medical Assistants. The equipment will also create opportunities for the Middle/High School to offer adult training programs in the evening.


Massachusetts Bay Community College- $200,000: Mass Bay Community College, and its partners Framingham State University, Framingham High School, and Keefe Regional Technical School, are working together to increase the number of women and students of color who pursue degrees in computer science and information technology.  The schools will use the grant to develop three computer laboratories and one robotics lab at each partner location.


Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts - $421,546: MCLA will provide students in health sciences and radiologic technology programs with the most up-to-date equipment to prepare them for careers in radiology. Berkshire County is experiencing a shortage in radiologic technologists and the availability of training in the field is limited. MCLA is one of only five programs offered in the region. Students will benefit from new equipment, including Digital Direct X-Ray System, an Anatomage table, which allows radiology and health science students a 3D virtual high-impact learning experience.


Mattapan Greater Boston Technology Learning Center - $177,908: Mattapan Tech will expand its Youth At-Risk IT Job Training and Digital Literacy program for foreign-born workers who reside in Randolph. The new equipment will enable Mattapan Tech to deliver training to an additional 160 individuals in Randolph and neighboring towns and will be used after hours for the town’s ESL program, the Randolph Educational Collaborative, hosted by the Randolph Public Schools. Mattapan Tech’s job training programs include desktop technical support, network technical support, network security specialist, MS Office, Digital Literacy and CompTIA Exams Preparation.


Medford Vocational Technical High School - $287,055: MVTHS will develop a new Engineering Technology Training Center as part of the Medford High School complex, which encompasses both Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High School. The new center will be housed in a renovated 5,000-square-foot former storage area and will include a new software and electronics lab space; a 2,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing and automation floor shop, and separate classroom space. The center will serve as the new home for engineering and robotics CTE training programs, targeting industries such as advanced manufacturing, software development and supply chain automation. The expanded space will allow the school to double its enrollment and provide vocational training for more than 100 non-CTE enrolled students each year, as well as adults seeking training in advanced manufacturing. 

Nashoba Valley Technical High School - $125,000: The school will use the grant to improve its Culinary Arts and Hospitality programs by modernizing it into a 21st Century workspace. The school will purchase new walk-in coolers, freezers and combo-ovens to train students on the latest kitchen technology. New updated server stations will train students to expedite food service. The equipment will be used to train current students, as well launch future post-secondary pathways and summer programs for middle school students.


Northbridge High School – $250,000: The high school is looking to expand its Innovation Pathway program in IT, as well as its Engineering and Communication/Technology Career Academies.  The training for the program was developed in coordination with industry advisors and Quinsigamond Community College. Students will have the opportunity to earn industry credentials, including Amatrol Industry 4.0, Fanuc, MSCC CPT and CLT (certified production technician and logistics technicians). Students will also be able to earn early college credits for IT-based courses through partnerships with Quinsigamond Community College and New England Institute of Technology.


Northeast Metropolitan Vocational School District - $250,000: The school will enhance its Metal Fabrication/Welding career pathway, with the goal to train students on the most current industry equipment to meet needs of area employers. The school will purchase two platforms of welding equipment, Chrome books, and state-of-the-art workstations.

Northern Essex Community College - $250,000: Northern Essex Community College, and its partners, are launching a Culinary Arts certificate program that will be located in downtown Haverhill. The program aims to address the high demand for culinary workers in the Merrimack Valley. Through its business partners, the program will provide training to incumbent workers, unemployed and unemployed adults, and students interested in starting careers in culinary arts.


Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School - $275,000: The school plans to strengthen its advanced manufacturing program for adults and high school students to develop skills needed for careers in manufacturing, construction, emerging industries, and professional, scientific and technical services. Old Colony will partner with MassHire and industry partners, including AccuRounds, to train unemployed and underemployed adult learners in the Southeastern region.

Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School - $322,161: The school will update its Health Assisting and Science laboratories to enhance course offerings and introduce Advanced Placement and Project Lead the Way biomedical science pathways. Instructors will train students in grades 9-12 who attend Pathfinder, as well as incumbent employees in the regional who are looking to upgrade their skills. Students will be prepared for success in the Healthcare and Manufacturing industries, or transition to further studies in nursing, medical lab technician, surgical technician, biomedical manufacturing technician fields.


Plymouth South High School - $317,915: Plymouth High is using the grant for its Virtual 3D Auto Suite, which houses cutting-edge AR/VR products that enhance training in the transportation field. The school plans to increase training opportunities for current and future auto technician and collision students, while reducing training costs and increasing safety. The Virtual 3D Auto Suite gives trainees AR/VR experiences with real time hands-on training while enhancing students’ experiences in Auto Tech with a STEM approach. The Virtual 3D Auto Suite allows students to practice assembly and disassembly within a 3D virtual auto shop.


Project Lead the Way - $500,000: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) will use the grant to support equipment purchases at eligible schools in Massachusetts working to implement a PLTW program for the first time or expand existing programs. Project Lead the Way works with low-income school districts to provide curriculum, teacher professional development, supplies and other materials. PLTW focuses on pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science to prepare students for careers in priority sectors, including health care, advanced manufacturing, construction, and professional and technical services.

Quabbin Regional High School - $225,00: Quabbin Regional High School will use the grant to purchase equipment for its recently designated Innovation Pathway programs in manufacturing and information technology. The high school received designation from the state for its Innovation Pathway program, which is aligned to closing the skills gap for regional employers, specifically its partner businesses, Vibram, L.C. Starrett, Quabbin Cable and Wire, and Saint-Gobain. Later this year, the school plans to offer training and credentials to adult students.


Quincy High School - $136,200: The high school will improve its Plumbing Technology program to strengthen their critical plumbing technology skills. Quincy High will train approximately 276 students over the next four years to enter jobs as plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters. The high school is supported by three dedicated partners, including Plumbers & Gasfitters Local Union 12, City of Quincy Inspectional Services, Department of Plumbing and Gas Fitting, and MassHIRE South Shore Workforce Board, all of which work to ensure Quincy High graduates find internships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities after graduation. 

Salem - $218,199 - This grant will be used to purchase equipment for two programs, Culinary Arts and Medical Assisting.

Shawsheen Valley Technical School $200,000: The school will outfit its newly approved Engineering Technology program with industry-standard equipment, including a variety of engineering training systems and 3D printers, to enable students to attain sought-after industry credentials. Students completing this program will be prepared to help engineers design, develop, test and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. Students graduating from this program are poised to pursue post-secondary education in engineering. The same equipment will help train unemployed and underemployed adults in the evening program, who upon completion can be employed as manufacturing technicians or advance their careers in related advanced manufacturing or engineering fields.


Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School - $257,663: The school will modernize and expand its Health Assisting Program for students during the day and build out its Adult Community Education (ACE) evening and weekend programs, which targets adults looking to gain skills for new careers. The school will purchase EKG equipment, create industry-standard patient pods, and purchase modern simulators, models and mannequins. 


Southeastern Regional School District - $400,000: The school plans to convert classrooms into clinical simulation labs that mirror 21st Century healthcare settings that provide students with invaluable simulation-based learning experiences. The school district has seen a 100 percent increase in enrollment in the program over the past five years. The grant will enable the district to create a part-time evening program for unemployed and underemployed adults looking to become medical assistants.


Springfield Technical Community College - $250,000: STCC plans to double the size of its current Metrology lab with the addition of five new coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), a second cabinet of metrology tools that contain digital calipers, micrometers, pin and bore gauges, and a 3D printer that will allow the department to create parts customized to lesson plans. The new equipment will provide students with more hands-on instruction time to better prepare them for the job market. Students in the Health Science degree program will benefit from birthing patient simulators, a CNA patient simulator, a classroom simulation ambulance, and a powered ambulance cot to help educate students in the EMT, CNA, and Nursing programs.


Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School - $148,074: The school has plans to launch a Medical Assisting program and will use the grant to furnish a new laboratory with exam tables, autoclave, CPR and patient mannequins, electronic microscopes, phlebotomy chairs, and ambulatory aides. Students will be able to study basic laboratory skills, medications, electrocardiography, nutrition, infection control and electronic medical records. Careers in medical assisting provide entry to high-demand, higher paying positions in the healthcare industry.


Uxbridge High School - $200,000: The high school previously developed Innovation Pathway programs in advanced manufacturing, information science, and biomedical science to give students college coursework and work experience in those fields. The equipment purchased with this award will further the capacity of students in design, manufacturing, and engineering with additional computer hardware, enhanced wireless access, 3D printing, and laser engraving – all technology needed to expand access to these growing programs and enable students to earn credentials in additive manufacturing, Adobe software, and engineering design.


Westfield Technical Academy - $200,000: The grant will support the school’s Allied Health and Culinary Arts career-technical programs for students in grades 9-12.  The Allied Health program will create mock exam and hospital rooms equipped with EKG machines, vital signs monitoring equipment and lifts. The Culinary Arts program will upgrade is ovens, range, meat slicer and mixers, along with purchase more specialty equipment like waffle and ice cream makers.


*Worcester Technical High School - $750,000: Worcester Technical High School was awarded a multi-year grant to support the Advanced  Manufacturing and Metal Fabrication & Joining Technology programs. The school will develop an Engineering Fabrication Center in order to congregate three current pathways into a concept, design and manufacturing hub that provides students space and tools that meld theory and practice in order to gain the critical skills to meet the workforce demands.


YouthBuild Lowell at Community Teamwork Inc. - $182,572: Community Teamwork Inc. will support its YouthBuild Lowell Culinary Arts vocational program by purchasing a catering van to enable the program to expand by 50 percent and improve the quality of its program for at-risk youth who participate. The program is a 10-month vocational training program which offers education, training, work experience, and life skills training through stackable credentials that maximize the likelihood that participants will be employed in the culinary industry. Students earn HiSet, OSHA 10, Allergen Awareness, the nationally recognized Hospitality/Culinary NRAEF Restaurant Ready credential, and Serv Safe Manager’s certification.


*Denotes FY20 and FY21 funding