Merrimack Valley Schools to Benefit from Advanced Manufacturing Program Grants

Governor Charlie Baker attends a ribbon cutting ceremony for Whittier Tech’s advanced manufacturing shop. (File photograph)

Students across the Merrimack Valley have a chance to deepen their knowledge of advanced manufacturing using grant funds issued to the Lawrence-based Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board.

The group—a partnership between Lawrence High School, Lawrence High School Learning Center, Haverhill High School, Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, ValleyWorks Career Center, Arwood Machine Corporation, CASA Systems and Magellan Aerospace—will offer externships at manufacturing companies for 10 teachers during a school break.

After the externships, those teachers will present the material learned to their students.

“Massachusetts is home to some of the most innovative advanced manufacturing companies, which are creating exciting new products and job opportunities for our residents,” Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash said. “Building a strong pipeline of talented workers is critical to the future of this industry in the Commonwealth.”

Money will also be set aside for field trips to local advanced manufacturing companies.