ANDOVER — Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that the Baker-Polito Administration has awarded Greater Lawrence Tech a $385,000 grant to train adult students for employment in high-demand, high-growth sectors. The grant also seeks to create career pathways and opportunities for underserved and underrepresented populations in the Commonwealth. The grant is funded by the Career and Technical Initiative fiscal year 2021 appropriation through the Workforce Skills Cabinet and is administered by the Commonwealth Corporation.
GLTS will use the Career Technical Initiative (CTI) grant to support the implementation of its biotech lab technician, carpentry, plumbing and HVAC adult education programs. All four programs are currently in session, with 12 students in each program.
Successful participants will earn industry certifications/credentials, and career placement assistance.
“The Baker-Polito Administration has long demonstrated a commitment to growing access to career and technical education statewide, and we are deeply appreciative of this grant award to continue our ongoing programs here at GLTS,” Superintendent Lavoie said. “Offering educational programs in these high demand fields helps people in our community access stable, growing industries that pay a living wage. That kind of opportunity is life changing.”
Adult education programs at GLTS take place in the evenings and on weekends, and qualified individuals accepted into the programs can attend at no cost. GLTS also offers an Advanced Manufacturing program for adult learners. To learn more about adult education opportunities at GLTS, click here.
GLTS works with The MassHire Merrimack Valley Career Center as its essential partner for the CTI programs. MassHire provides recruitment, case management and job placement assistance. The school also works with the following employer partners: Jones General Contractors, Ginkgo Bioworks, All-Pro Electricians, Capeless Plumbing & Heating, Marceau Construction Corp., CentiMark Corporation, National Mechanical Service Inc, Central Cooling & Heating Inc, Correct Temp HVAC and Millipore Sigma.
CTI is a state initiative to increase job training for students and adults, preparing them for careers in high-demand and high-growth sectors. CTI emphasizes pathways for people from underserved populations and underrepresented groups. Approximately 9,000 to 13,000 additional adult learners statewide are expected to earn industry credentials, opening opportunities for them to obtain jobs in high-demand skilled industries.
These grants will transform vocational high schools into Career Technical Institutes, which remain open through the evening to expand enrollment of high school students and adults.
To learn more about the Career Technical Initiative grant awarded by the state this February, click here.