ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to share that Greater Lawrence Technical School has been awarded a $400,000 Skills Capital grant from the Baker-Polito Administration.
As a result of the funding, GLTS will be able to purchase new robotics and optics and laser equipment, and update its computer workstations and network design technology. These purchases will support the school’s day programs as well as Lawrence High students in the After Dark Program at GLTS, who take their academic courses during the day at Lawrence High before traveling to the GLTS for career and technical training. The improvements will also support adult programming GLTS offers in partnership with Northern Essex Community College.
“The Baker-Polito administration has been tremendously supportive not only of career and technical education and our efforts to expand our programming here at GLTS, but statewide, and we’re very grateful for their continued efforts to expand opportunities for young people and adults alike in these growing industries,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “We look forward to implementing this grant funding and improving the equipment available to those in our programs.”
GLTS is one of 47 educational institutions who were awarded Skills Capital grants by the Baker-Polito administration earlier this month. In all, $11.7 million in funds were allocated to support the purchase of updated equipment and the growth of student enrollment in career and technical education programs.
Skills Cabinet grants are awarded to educational institutions that are able to showcase their partnerships with local businesses and whose curriculum and credentials seek to meet the demand of growing industries in the Commonwealth.
Through its Skills Capital grants, the Baker-Polito administration has worked to increase the number of students enrolled in programs where they can learn and train for occupations in high-demand careers. More than 300 educational programs have received financial support from the Skills Capital grant initiative, which has awarded approximately $92 million and is overseen by Gov. Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet.