BOSTON – State Representatives Geoff Diehl (R – Whitman) and Josh Cutler (D – Duxbury) were pleased to join Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and Administration and Finance Secretary Glen Shor to announce the award of $1.1 million in grants to vocational school districts in order to purchase new equipment. The program will run for 5 years, awarding $1 million per year.
The 25 recipients of FY 2013 Vocational School Equipment grants include 184 cities and towns across Massachusetts. South Shore Vocational was awarded $32,500 for the purchase of engineering equipment.
“In Massachusetts, we offer only about one half of the slots for vocational education that are offered in most other developed countries, which has been a contributing factor to our global achievement gap. Many “VocTech” students have a high propensity to earn graduate degrees in the critical Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, something also lacking in our state,” Diehl noted. “With a renewed focus on STEM education in Massachusetts, these equipment grants come at a critical time and I am proud of South Shore Vo. Tech. and its talented students for applying, and winning, this grant that will help to expand its engineering programs”.
The grant program often requires local or private sector matches, and the first round of funding leveraged $1.9 million in matching funds, or $1.67 for every state tax dollar invested. A&F received 165 applications from 82% of all schools in the Commonwealth with Chapter 74 vocational programs.
“Kudos to Superintendent Tom Hickey and the entire staff at South Shore Vo-Tech for this award, part of a highly competitive grant process,” added Rep. Cutler. “These funds will help our engineering students stay current and develop critical job skills they’ll need to prosper in a competitive economy”.
South Shore Vocational Awarded $32,500 Grant
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