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Baker Awards $125K Grant to Blackstone Valley Education Hub

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

 

Governor Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Baker awarded a $125,000 Skills Capital Grant to the Blackstone Valley Education Hub.

“This grant is allowing the BV Ed Hub to align ourselves with Blackstone Valley manufacturers to develop curriculums which will be taught to area learners looking for a career path in advanced manufacturing, filling the workface gap in our region,” stated Jeannie Hebert, President and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, parent organization of the BV Ed Hub.

The grant comes as part of the $3.3 million in grants awarded to 31 high schools in Massachusetts.

“Skills Capital Grants impact the education of thousands of young people across the Commonwealth and give them new opportunities and skills for a successful future. We are proud of the 10,000 new seats that have been added to these programs across Massachusetts and we look forward to continuing our work with schools and teachers to give more students the experience and knowledge that employers demand,” said Baker.

The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $52 million to 188 different programs over the past three years.

Blackstone Valley Education Hub

The Blackstone Valley Education Hub "eVoke Network and Performance Center" initiative will use grant funding to provide collaborative education, industry, and workforce partners virtual learning communities to manufacturing and engineering equipment, in order to support student projects and prototyping.

Grant funding will support purchase of a CNC/Milling unit, manual lathe, coordinate measuring machine, and virtual reality welders. 

Skills Capital Grants

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 a particular area of study.

The Skills Capital Grants cover a broad array of fields, from construction and engineering to healthcare and hospitality.

The 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.  

“These grants awarded today will be particularly impactful to residents who have barriers to employment. They will now be able to learn and gain new skills in programs that offer residents career opportunities. Across the Commonwealth, we are working to develop college and career pathways for both students and adult learners,” said Education Secretary James Peyser.

The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet

 

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