On Friday, February 16th, The Baker-Polito Administration awarded $2.3 million in Skills Capital Grants to seven high schools throughout Massachusetts that will use the funds to purchase new industry-standard equipment, in a variety of fields, so students are better prepared for college and careers.
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton was awarded $165,415 of the $2.3 million. The school will purchase a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Door Production I Arch Machine for the cabinet making program. Students will develop advanced production skills used by cabinetmakers, furniture makers, bench carpenters, machine operators, and CNC programmers by creating real world capstone projects for community partners. Additionally, the equipment will be used in the evening for adults who are interested in cabinet making careers or upgrading existing skills.
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.
“Skills Capital Grants make an enormous difference in the education and training students receive at schools across the Commonwealth,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “These grants will have a lasting impact by ensuring more residents are able to move into rewarding careers and more companies have the skilled employees they need to grow.”
“Skills Capital Grants impact students’ education and influence programs to meet the needs of employers across the Commonwealth seeking skilled employees,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito said. “We are encouraged every time we visit a school that was awarded one of these grants and hear students talk about the difference the new equipment makes in their educational experience.”
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 other area school to receive a grant this week was Worcester Technical High School. Over $465,000 will be going to that school to invest in new industry standard equipment for students in the IT, Graphic Design and a Marketing program.
Congratulations to Superintendent John Lafleche and the entire team of educators and students at Bay Path!