CANTON — Superintendent Jill Rossetti is pleased to announce that Blue Hills Regional Technical School has received funding through a state grant program aimed at strengthening vocational technical education in the state.
On Friday, July 22, the Baker-Polito administration announced that it was awarding more than $32 million in grants to upgrade equipment for technical career programs and expand training opportunities for youth and adults through of the administration’s multi-year effort to close the skills gap. so that more residents can pursue careers in growing industries and employers can hire skilled workers to grow their businesses.
As part of this funding, the Blue Hills Regional Technical School will receive $544,000 to provide training to 84 participants in the following pathways: grounds maintenance, electrical, welding and collision repair. Employer partnerships include Kessler Machine & Fabrication, Inc.; Amramp; Lynch landscape and tree; By the landscape of the court; Bodywork Avenue Auto; O’Connell’s Body Works, Inc.; Akiki AutoBody; Northeast Electrical and Mechanical Services, Inc.; Weiss plate; Modern automatic bodywork; and Thomas Auto Body.
The governor’s office announced $22 million in skills capital grants to 70 educational institutions, and an additional $10 million to 23 vocational schools to expand youth and adult programs under the Career Technical Initiative (CTI). This round of CTI grants will help train more than 1,600 people for new careers in construction, manufacturing and other trades with growing labor demand.
“I want to thank the Baker-Polito administration for awarding Blue Hills this generous grant and our very own Michelle Resendes and Dwight Seaman for their diligent work in writing, researching and working with community partners to achieve this grant,” Superintendent Rossetti said. “This funding will allow Blue Hills to expand vocational and technical programs for our adult learners while providing them with the best possible education through hands-on experience and opportunities with our community partners.
Commercial Director Michelle Resendes added, “We are excited for this opportunity to help bridge the training gap within our communities. With the support of Mass Hire and our local industry partners, our Continuing Education Manager, Dwight Seaman, has been able to truly focus on the training needs of our communities and develop these programs accordingly.
Capital Skills Grants and Career Technical Initiative Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Office for Workforce Skills, which was established in 2015 to bring together the Secretariats of Education , labor and workforce development, and housing and economic development to align education, economic development and workforce policies to develop strategies to meet demand employers into skilled workers in every region of the Commonwealth.
“Since our administration launched these critically important programs, high schools, colleges and other educational institutions across the Commonwealth have created and expanded numerous training programs with skills and capital grants. developed new training opportunities for youth and adults with the Technical Career Initiative,” Governor Charlie Baker said in a statement. “We are very proud of the lasting impact these grants will have on the Massachusetts workforce and the future of the Commonwealth as they prepare the next generation of innovative leaders in cutting-edge industries.”
The $10 million in grants announced through the Career Tech Initiative will fund new CTI programs or expand existing programs at vocational high schools in partnership with MassHire Career Centers and Workforce Commissions work. Click here to see the full list of Career Tech Initiative awards.