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Merrimack Valley

April 30, 2014

$1.2M state funding for Greater Lawrence Vocational announced

LAWRENCE – Gov. Deval Patrick today announced $1.2 million in advanced manufacturing equipment grants to the Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical High School to support the creation of a new Advanced Manufacturing Academy that will prepare the region’s workforce with the skills for careers in advanced manufacturing.

The equipment grant will support a partnership between Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical High School, Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and local manufacturers.

“Advanced manufacturing is an area of critical focus, one that can help us put people to work now and prepare our workers for the jobs of the 21st century global economy,” Patrick said. “By providing our students with proper skills and training, we are supporting opportunities in this important industry and ensuring a strong economic future for our Commonwealth.”

The new Academy will create a pipeline of entry-level skilled workers to meet the demands of the local manufacturing industry, the Merrimack Valley’s third largest employment sector.

The $1.2 million from the state has helped leverage nearly $500,000 in matching and in-kind grants from Greater Lawrence Vocational Technical High School, NECC and several local manufacturers, including FlowServe Lawrence Pumps, HAAS, Raytheon, Mills Machine, Gould Construction, DesignWerks, and JamLab. These additional funds will help cover equipment and training costs. The governor made today’s announcement following a tour of FlowServe Lawrence Pumps.

To help address youth unemployment, the Academy will target recruitment efforts to students from the Lawrence area by offering an education and training model for a successful career in the industry. It will also develop an educational bridge leading to certificate programs and Associate Degrees in Science, Technology and Engineering, as well as a planned Associate Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology at NECC.

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