Upgrading Technology with Skills Capital Grants

Supports job-related or technical training through grants for buying and installing equipment and related improvements

Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito created the Workforce Skills Cabinet in 2015, bringing together the Secretariats of Education, Labor and Workforce Development and Housing and Economic Development in order to align education, economic development and workforce policies, and to strategize around how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in each region of the state.

The goal of the Skills Capital Grants is to help high schools, colleges and other educational institutions invest in the most up-to-date training equipment to give their students an advantage when they continue in their chosen field or particular area of study. The Skills Capital Grants cover a broad array of fields, from construction and engineering to healthcare and hospitality.

In the past three years, the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded nearly $50 million to high schools, colleges and other educational institutions across the Commonwealth.

The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand, in order to maximize hiring opportunities in each region of the state. The Economic Development legislation, proposed by the Administration and passed by the Legislature, authorized $45 million in funding to award over three years.

For more information, please contact James Poplasky at: james.poplasky@mass.gov

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