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Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and several members of the governor’s cabinet visited Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School on July 22 and awarded more than $32 million in grants statewide to modernize equipment at career technical schools and programs.

As part of the award, Minuteman received $1,254,000 in grants from the governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet. Minuteman received $354,000 from the Skills Capital Grant to support equipment for metal fabrication and welding for Minuteman High School and the Minuteman Technical Institute adult evening program. Additionally, Minuteman Technical Institute received $900,000 from the Career Technical Initiative Grant to support programming in carpentry, CNC (computer numeric control) machine operation, plumbing and welding.

Governor Baker observes Yegor Gondhalekur, 13, of Arlington, working on a pickup truck in Minuteman's automotive shop as part of the summer program for middle school students. (Photo by Reba Saldanha)

Gov. Baker observes Yegor Gondhalekur, 13, of Arlington, working on a pickup truck in Minuteman's automotive shop as part of the summer program for middle school students. / Photos by Reba Saldanha

Since 2020, Minuteman has received more than $2.6 million in grant funding from the Workforce Skills Cabinet to support high school and adult career technical education programs.

“We are very proud of the lasting impact these grants will have on our workforce and the future of the commonwealth,” Baker said.

“Over the past several years, high schools, colleges and other educational institutions launched and expanded numerous training programs with Skills Capital Grants and created new opportunities for both young people and adults to gain vocational training in fields that are growing in the commonwealth through the Career Technical Initiative.”

During this visit to Minuteman, Baker met with middle-school students exploring different career technical areas through Minuteman’s summer programs in a tour led by Superintendent-Director Dr. Kathleen A. Dawson and Minuteman High School Principal George Clement.

“Minuteman is tremendously grateful for the $2.6 million of support we have received since 2020 from Gov. Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet,” Dawson said.

>From left: Mike Kennealy, Mass. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development; Rep. Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford); Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington); Governor Charlie Baker; Minuteman Superintendent-Director Kathleen A. Dawson; and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito in the Paul Revere Conference Room at Minuteman on July 22, 2022. (Photo by Reba Saldanha)From left: Mike Kennealy, secretary of housing and economic development; Rosalin Acosta, secretary of labor and workforce development; Rep. Kenneth Gordon (D-Bedford); Rep. Michelle Ciccolo (D-Lexington); Gov. Baker; Minuteman Superintendent-Director Kathleen A. Dawson; and Lt. Gov. Polito at Minuteman.

“This funding is invaluable if we are to be leaders in the fourth industrial revolution. Our students are gaining the highly technical skills necessary to meet the demands of the labor market -- and setting them and their families on a trajectory for economic mobility.”

The governor, lieutenant governor and cabinet secretaries presented the grant awards to 70 educational institutions, including 22 vocational-technical school districts, in a ceremony in the Paul Revere Room at Minuteman.

Massachusetts Education Secretary James Peyser, Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kenneally attended.

 

This news announcement was published Sunday, July 24, 2022. YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase prepared it for publication based on information provided by Dan O'Brien of Minuteman.