Northeast Metro Tech Awarded $61,000 State Grant

Grant Will Strengthen Health Assisting Programs

Superintendent David DiBarri is pleased to announce that Northeast Metro Tech has received a $61,000 Skills Capital Grant from the Baker-Polito Administration.

From left, Gov. Charlie Baker, Superintendent David DiBarri, Principal Carla Scuzzarella, and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. (Photo Courtesy Northeast Metro Tech)

The grant was announced during a ceremony held at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School on Monday, Aug. 16, during which Gov. Charlie Baker handed out Skills Capital Grants to 47 educational organizations.

The School will use the grant to expand career and technical education opportunities in its Health Assisting and Dental Assisting programs, which serve more than 100 students. The District will purchase new medical equipment necessary to enable Northeast students to successfully compete for high-paying jobs in high-demand fields.

“Thank you to Gov. Baker and his administration for this support,’” Superintendent DiBarri said. “There will be a large demand for workers in the health-care industry in the next decade. This grant will allow our students to learn on state-of-the-art equipment, making their education relevant and their job prospects bright.”

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.

“The Skills Capital Grants have helped give thousands of young people opportunities in high-demand jobs, and the grants have had a tremendous impact on students, schools and local businesses,” Gov. Baker said. “These significant investments made over the past six years in this program with our partners in the Legislature will help train students to adapt to the changing needs of our economy.”

Skills Capital 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. More than 300 educational programs have received financial support from the Skills Capital Grant initiative, Gov. Baker announced that the Workforce Skills Cabinet funding has now exceeded $100 million.

“Massachusetts is ranked as one of the top economies for innovation. When you think about innovation, you think about the problems that exist in the world, and the people who have the skills and knowhow to fix them,” Lt. Gov. Polito said. “To continue to be competitive, we need to invest in skills development, and in educational opportunities.”

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