Local Schools Awarded Funding Through Workforce Skills Capital Grants Program

Tuesday February 22, 2022

MARLBOROUGH – Several Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) member schools received grants as part of the state’s latest round of the Workforce Skills Capital Grants program.

A total of 11 MAVA schools were among those receiving up to $3.3 million as part of the second round of FY22 funding, announced this week by the Baker-Polito Administration.

Since 2015, 407 grants totaling more than $105.5 million have been awarded to 207 different schools and educational institutions across the Commonwealth, with many organizations receiving multiple grants over the years. The state’s investment also helped institutions leverage the grants to gain an additional $25 million in local matching funds.

This funding comes during the month of February, which is recognized nationwide as CTE Month. A focus of the more recent grant awards has been the launch and expansion of the Governor’s Career Technical Initiative, which supports vocational-technical schools in expanding their impact by operating programs in the afternoons for local high school students and in the evenings for workers and adult learners.

Two local MAVA schools that received grants as part of this most recent funding include:

Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District, Danvers. The school received $150,000 for Health Care. Students will have the opportunity to earn their Certified Nursing Assistant, First Aid, CPR, Dementia Care, Home Health Aide and OSHA 10 certifications. High school day students will be able to participate in the health assisting program and the addition of a health care option will be offered to adults in the NightHawks Adult Education Program and for after-dark high school students.

Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School, Haverhill. The school received $181,778 for Marine Service. The school will create a Marine Service Technology program for both day and evening students. The program will be able to provide this STEM-based educational opportunity to high school students, as well as students who are unemployed, displaced, veterans, or incumbent workers looking to further their careers through our evening school program.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, visit https://www.mava.us/

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