Whittier Tech, GLTS and Essex North Shore Share in State Career Technical Initiative Grants

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Greater Lawrence Technical School, and Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School recently shared $ 2.1 million in government grants.

The money is part of the state’s Career Technical Initiative, which supports additional training programs for students and adults. Grants support training and programs for building skills in construction, trade and manufacturing across 23 different career paths. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito named the recipients on a visit to the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School.

“As we vaccinate our residents and reopen our economy, our administration remains focused on supporting businesses and workers to drive our recovery, and the Career Technical Initiative will be a critical part of that effort,” said Baker. “Our administration was committed to expanding these training opportunities for students and adults across the Commonwealth before the pandemic, and now this initiative is gaining importance as a critical tool to connect people with new job opportunities and meet the needs of our employers. “

Whittier Tech received $ 90,000 to provide training and job placement services to prepare unemployed and understaffed participants for positions such as CNC machine operator and welder. Grant partners include MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center and Workforce Board, Arwood Machine, Magellan Aerospace, Fairview Machine, Aero Manufacturing, Metacrafters, East Coast Welding and Metal Fabrication, and Metal Tronics.

Greater Lawrence Tech. receives $ 375,000 to provide training and placement services to prepare unemployed and understaffed participants for biotech lab technicians, carpenter, electricians, HVAC and plumbing positions. Their grant partners include MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center and Workforce Board, Jones General Contractors, Ginkgo Bioworks, All-Pro Electricians, Capeless Plumbing and Heating, Marceau Construction Corp., CentiMark Corporation, National Mechanical Service, Central Cooling and Heating, Correct Temp HVAC and Millipore Sigma.

Essex North Shore was awarded $ 540,000. It works to train people for jobs in welding, electrical, BioLab technicians, automotive technicians, HVAC, plumber and construction craft positions. Partners include MassHire North Shore Workforce Board and Career Centers, FW Webb, Cranney Home Services, National Mechanical Service, Tremblay Heating, Kelley Automotive Group, Mini of Peabody, Lyon Waugh Auto Group, Groom Construction, Menino Construction, Bilo Plumbing and Heating , Breen Sullivan Mechanical Services, Alem Metal, Krohne, Cotter Brothers Corporation, Local 22 Construction and General Laborer’s Union, Harmonic Drive, Innovent Technologies and New England Biolabs.

Launched in January 2020, the Career Technical Initiative aims to train an additional 20,000 skilled craftsmen over the next four years to help close skills gaps and meet the needs of businesses across the Commonwealth. The program aims to provide more Massachusetts residents with access to technical career training programs using existing state resources in vocational secondary schools, while helping businesses grow by increasing the population of skilled workers engaged in trade and education. be able to work in construction.

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