MassDevelopment Awards $81,000 In Grants To Increase Boost Advanced Manufacturing

New England Council member MassDevelopment recently awarded $81,000 in grants to 10 partnership organizations through the agency’s AMP it up! program.

MassDevelopment’s AMP it up! program aims to increase awareness of career opportunities in the advanced manufacturing field. MassDevelopment awarded these grants to organizations including regional workforce investment boards, development councils, community colleges, chambers of commerce, and vocational schools. Two such organizations included the Worcester-based organization Girls Inc. and Quinsigamond Community College. Girls Inc., which aims to expose 10-12-year-old girls to manufacturing jobs, will use their $5,000 grant to fund field trips, internships, and training programs with manufacturing companies for young girls. Quinsigamond Community College will receive $10,000 to continue to fund research into regional high schools’ manufacturing resources, professional development activities for teachers and guidance counselors, and social media campaigns to connect students with manufacturing employers.

MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones—a New England Council board member–said, “AMP it up! grants leverage community-based programming that educates students, teachers, guidance counselors, and parents about the opportunities and rewards of careers in advanced manufacturing, and empowers a new generation of workers to pursue a future in manufacturing that is both challenging and satisfying.”

The New England Council thanks MassDevelopment for continuing to give back to communities across Massachusetts and encourages young people to consider careers in the field of manufacturing. Read more in MassDevelopment’s press release and Worcester Business Journal.  Visit the Advanced Manufacturing page of our website to learn more about the NEC’s work to support manufacturing in New England.

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