State Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Haverhill High School will receive a $218,671 Workforce Skills Capital Grant aimed at helping prepare students for the workplace.
State Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, announced the grant Friday. He also credited school Superintendent James F. Scully, Sen. Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport), Rep. Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen) and Rep. Diana Dizoglio (D-Methuen).
“This grant will provide Haverhill students with expanded learning opportunities that will better prepare them for the future,” said Dempsey. “It’s critical that we continue to invest in our students here in Haverhill by providing them with tools for success.”
Haverhill High School will purchase a suite of career technical training equipment, including new computers, 3D printers, robotics kits and medical training equipment, in order to expand training in technology, computer programming and web development. The grant will also provide new early-college Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs for at-risk students.
The Workforce Skills Capital Grant Program is a new initiative from the governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet which seeks to align education, workforce and economic development strategies across the state, a press release explained. Money can be used for vocational-technical education and training equipment purchases that connect Massachusetts students and residents to economic opportunities in high-demand industries.
“We are very pleased for the students of Haverhill to receive this award,” said Scully. “I am grateful to Rep. Dempsey and Governor Baker for working to do what’s best for the Students of Haverhill.”
The inaugural round of the Workforce Skills Capital Grant program received 68 applications, requesting a total of $18 million in funding.
“This grant will provide Haverhill High School students with expanded access to the tools and technologies that power the 21st century economy, and will open doors to high-paying, in-demand jobs when they join the workforce,” said O’Connor Ives.
Campbell said, “Given the demand by employers for workers knowledgeable in computer programming and other high tech fields these grants go a long way to helping our students be fully prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.”
“I am pleased to stand with my fellow colleagues in the Haverhill legislative delegation in celebrating the awarding of these important Workforce Skills Capital Grants to Haverhill High School,” Dizoglio added.