In December 2015, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker approved $1.5 million in grant money for advanced manufacturing training, geared toward people who are unemployed or underemployed. This is a $500,000 increase from the previous allotment. “It is geared toward providing workforce training to people in demographic groups that have higher rates of unemployment or are underrepresented in manufacturing, including blacks, Latinos, veterans and women, according to Baker’s office.”
“These grants will create additional opportunities for training and growth, and will help connect residents to good-paying jobs, while meeting the increasing demand for a skilled manufacturing workforce,” Baker said in a statement.
One of the organizations receiving grant dollars is TechFoundry. Free to students, Tech Foundry’s mission is to build an institute to educate students in the technology field with skills that are currently in demand. They partner with local businesses to determine the skills needed for entry level employment and secure commitment to offer employment opportunities to the students who possess those skills.
Read about other organizations who received grant dollars here.