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Minuteman Lands $495K State Grant

Minuteman Regional High School Lands $495,000 Competitive State Grant to Expand its Metal Fabrication and Welding Program

LEXINGTON – Minuteman Regional High School has secured a $495,000 state grant to update and expand its Metal Fabrication & Joining Technologies (Welding) program. The grant – the third major competitive grant landed by Minuteman in the past two years -- was announced on June 21 by Governor Charlie Baker.

The state awarded $10.9 million in the latest round of the Massachusetts Skills Capital Grant Program.  The Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, which administers the grant program, received 63 applications for over $20.2 million in funding.  Thirty-three high schools and educational institutions received grants.  

“These [grants] are real game-changers – for students, teachers, and employers,” Governor Baker told dozens of school and state officials gathered for the grant announcement at Salem High School.  Joining the Governor at the ceremonies was Secretary Jay Ash of the Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development.

“We’re very fortunate,” said Dr. Edward Bouquillon, Minuteman’s Superintendent.  “We’ve got a Governor, a state administration, and a state legislature that are strong supporters of high-quality vocational-technical education and are putting state resources where they really count – directly into modernizing our vocational-technical programs.”

Dr. Bouquillon noted that Minuteman has put together three successful grant applications that have brought in nearly $1.5 million from the Skills Capital Grant Program over the past two years.  Two of those grants helped start a new Advanced Manufacturing program at Minuteman.  This one will replace aging equipment in the school’s Metal Fabrication & Welding program.

“This grant will help us modernize and expand the Metal Fab and Welding program, allowing high school students and adults to train on modern, industry-standard equipment,” said Michelle Roche, Director of Career and Technical Education at Minuteman.  “This will enable graduates to enhance their technical skills and more easily secure jobs in the high-wage, high-demand field of manufacturing.”

Grant funds will purchase six new or upgraded Virtual Welding Trainers, 14 Multi-Process Inverters, a 10-foot Guillotine Shear, a 12-Gauge Box and Pan Handle Brake, a six-foot Press Brake, an Ironworker, a Drill Press, a Punch, a five-foot Power Roll, and a 10-foot Bending Brake.  In addition, grant funds will purchase an Industrial Arm for the Advanced Manufacturing Lab, allowing students to learn Robotics.  Funds will also pay for a Surface Grinder and a Band Saw to be shared by both Welding and Advanced Manufacturing. 

High school and middle school students will use the equipment during the regular school day.  “Gap year” students, incumbent workers, and unemployed adults will use the equipment during the evening in programs run by Minuteman and by Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Minuteman is currently building a new $144.9 million high school to replace the current school which was built in the 1970s.  The new school will offer students rigorous academic curriculum along with training in 16 different career and technical education programs.

The new school is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

 

For Release:  June 21, 2018
Contact:  Steven C. Sharek  (781) 861-6500, ext. 7360  ssharek@minuteman.org