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Minuteman gets skills grant to expand robotics logistics

Minuteman High School logoThe Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School has been awarded $300,000 in state Skills Capital Grant funding to educate both high school and adult students in robotics logistics engineering.

The grant will be used to enhance student skills to accommodate the growing logistics industry. With a massive rise in automated warehousing creating responsive supply chains, the demand for a highly trained and skilled workforce is increasing dramatically.

Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration recently announced issuing $11.7 million in Skills Capital Grants to 47 educational institutions across the Commonwealth to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education.

“Minuteman is grateful for the support of Governor Baker and his administration,” said Minuteman Superintendent-Director Edward A. Bouquillon. “Investing in career technical education is a wise move during these challenging times. It helps support growing industries, ensures long-term and stable careers for our graduates, and narrows the skills gap.”

Minuteman’s funding will be used to purchase technology to benefit Minuteman High School students in the Robotics and Automation career major, expanding learning in the Engineering and Production Pathway, and adult evening students in Minuteman Technical Institute.

Minuteman High School’s Robotics & Automation program will provide students with technical skills in robotics equipment used by employers involved in logistics activities. Minuteman Technical Institute is expanding its adult evening training programs and is partnering with Quinsigamond Community College to expand its ability to offer industry-recognized credentials in robotic logistics engineering, automation and supply chain management.

“At a critical time in our Commonwealth, these Skills Capital Grants will increase flexibility and support for schools and educational institutions to launch new programs and help more students develop important technical skills and prepare them for high-demand industries,” Governor Baker said. “As our economy moves forward, it will be crucial for young people to develop the important technical skills that local employers need to grow their businesses.”

The Skills Capital Grants are awarded by Governor Baker’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which was created in 2015 to strategize how to meet employers’ demand for skilled workers in every region of the Commonwealth.

In addition, in January 2020, the Career Technical Initiative was launched to provide more Massachusetts residents access to career technical training and certification using the state’s existing resources at vocational high schools, while simultaneously helping businesses grow by increasing the population of skilled workers able to be employed in trade and construction jobs. The plan takes a multipronged approach to increase student enrollment and includes state funding to help adults pay for classes, boosts business involvement in program development and credentials, and reduces licensure barriers to incentivize mid-career professionals to become vocational teachers.

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This news announcement was published Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The writer is Dan O'Brien, who works for Minuteman. 

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