Back Row (L-R) Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash
Front Row (L-R) Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, MassBay President David Podell, MassBay Director of Grants Development Laura Soul Brown, and MassBay Dean of STEM Chitra Javdekar
WELLESLEY, MA (March 6, 2017) – Massachusetts Bay Community College has been awarded $318,547 grant from Governor Charlie Baker and the new Workforce Skills Capital Grants Program for the purchase of state-of-the-art technology and training equipment for the College’s STEM, health sciences, and automotive programs.
MassBay was one of 32 grant recipients, who received a total of $11.8 million for advanced technology and equipment, during this grant period. The award was announced a special ceremony last Friday at the Greater Lowell Technical School with Governor Baker and members of his Workforce Skills Cabinet, which include Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Ronald Walker II, Education Secretary James Peyser, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.
“We are grateful to Governor Baker and his Workforce Skills Cabinet for this grant that will help us provide our students with high-level instruction and in-demand skills for employment in their fields of study,” said MassBay Community College President David Podell. “Learning and training on the most up-to-date equipment is crucial for workforce readiness in rapidly evolving fields, such as advanced manufacturing, engineering, health care, and automotive technology.”
“These investments have a major impact for the educational institutions training our workforce and the students who stand to benefit from enhanced skills and career paths,” said Governor Baker in a statement. “Strengthening relationships between educational institutions and local industry as this program seeks to do is crucial to the success of our communities and Commonwealth as a whole.”
The $318,547 grant will enable MassBay to purchase the following for the College's Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland campuses:
- Advanced measurement and prototyping platforms for use in electrical engineering, electromechanical engineering, and robotics. The platform also includes a graphical programming system that provides tools for students to visualize and analyze experimental data
- Programmable logic controller system used to automate and control automated equipment, such as conveyer systems, traffic and railroad lights
- Electronics design training boards for design and troubleshooting in the bread-boarding and electronics
- Advanced birthing and neo-natal simulator that offers nursing and emergency medical services students with the highest level of realism in childbirth simulation
- A four-wheel drive chassis dynamometer system that simulates live road testing conditions and provides students with opportunity enhance training in engine, transmission, drive system, and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) diagnostics
The Workforce Skills Capital Grants program was created by Governor Baker and his administration last year to assist educational institutions in demonstrating partnerships with industry and aligning curriculum and credentials with local businesses’ demand, maximizing planning objectives and hiring or internship opportunities regionally.
MassBay currently partners with major colleges and universities in the regions, such as Boston College, Northeastern University, and Framingham State University to provide academic and career pathways in engineering, advanced manufacturing, and health fields. In addition, MassBay also partners with workforce partners, including automotive dealerships, local and regional hospitals, emergency and medical service centers, and engineering and biomedical research firms.
MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.