PEABODY — State officials announced this month that Quincy High School and Quincy College will receive a combined $496,281 in funding from the Skills Capital Grant Program to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education.
The Skills Capital Grant Program was originally launched in 2015 with the goal of replacing outdated equipment and technology, mainly at vocational technical high schools and community colleges. Since then, the program has evolved into a crucial component of local workforce training efforts by expanding the number of young people and adults trained and experienced with the newest technologies used by local employers.
The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand to maximize hiring opportunities in each region of the state.
“As we continue to address economic disparities across the Commonwealth and provide solutions to employment gaps in high-demand industries, the Skills Capital Grants play a significant role in training students of all ages for successful long-lasting careers,” said Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta. “The impact of these grant funds on students, educational institutions, and local business partners is incredibly positive and moves us toward a more equitable economy.”
The following local programs will benefit from grant funding:
Quincy High School, Quincy – $162,400, Carpentry Technology: The high school will enhance the carpentry technology curriculum to strengthen students’ critical carpentry skills. The carpentry program is supported by community partners, including Callahan Construction, City of Quincy Inspectional Services, and A.H. Campbell and Son, Inc. who will work in collaboration with the high school to ensure graduates find gainful internships, apprenticeships, employment opportunities, and/or post-secondary education upon graduation.
Quincy College, Quincy – $333,881, Pharmacy Technician and Medical Laboratory Technician: The college will purchase training equipment and new instructional technology for pharmacy technician and medical laboratory technicians, both occupations that are in demand in the region.
Since 2015, 387 grants totaling more than $102 million have been awarded to 187 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. Approximately 40,000 students across the Commonwealth have directly benefited from these grants.