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BCC Receives $85K Skills Capital Grant
08:09AM / Tuesday, July 09, 2024
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) has received an $85,000 award as part of the Healey-Driscoll Administration's Skills Capital Grants. The funding, which totals nearly $15 million statewide, supports 65 high schools, colleges and educational institutions to upgrade technology and instructional lab spaces, expand career programs for young people and adults, and increase capacity in workforce training programs.
"We want to ensure that what students learn in school helps them get where they want to go, while also meeting our workforce needs," said Governor Maura Healey. "These Skills Capital Grants will ensure our students and adult learners have access to innovative technology, equipment, and spaces to gain the skills they need to prepare them for successful careers in high demand industries." 
Skills Capital Grants are awarded by the state's Workforce Skills Cabinet, which brings together the Secretaries of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, Economic Development, and Health and Human Services. The competitive grants are awarded to educational institutions that demonstrate partnerships with local businesses, as well as align curriculum and credentials with industry demand to maximize hiring opportunities. 
The grants have improved learning experiences across several high-demand fields. For example, in the automotive industry, Skills Capital Grants have provided for the purchase of training equipment aligned with current industry-standard technology and workforce demands. The funds have also been used to modernize and expand instructional lab spaces to increase enrollment in HVAC programs, and to provide specialized training for careers in offshore wind projects, green technologies and energy efficiency. In addition, some organizations have used the funding to purchase virtual reality equipment to help students with disabilities earn credentials that lead to professions in the health services industry, including certified nursing assistants. 
"Skills Capital Grants provide students with the modern and immersive spaces and tools to prepare them for them for the workforce and successful careers," said Education Secretary Patrick Tutwiler. "These are the spaces, resources, and experiences that they deserve."
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