By BRIDGET TURCOTTE
LYNN — The city will be awarded $75,000 to support vocational technical education.
The money is part of the federally funded Career and Technical Education Partnership Implementation Grant. It will support the expansion of existing programs and develop new ones to increase access to career and technical education opportunities for students.
“Technical and vocational education has proven to be one of the best ways to close the skills gap in the Massachusetts workforce,” said state Rep. Brendan Crighton (D-Lynn). “We must continue to make these investments to improve programming, expand access and prepare our students for the 21st century economy.”
Lynn Vocational Technical Institute offers 15 vocational programs varying from culinary arts, to plumbing, to graphic communications and design.
In addition to their chosen trade, all students complete core curriculum classes. All academic courses are aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and are designed for success on standardized exams including the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
“Our continued investment in vocational and technical education is preparing Lynn students for a future in gainful employment opportunities,” said state Rep. Dan Cahill (D-Lynn). “We are thankful that Commissioner Chester recognizes the advantages of supporting local vocational and technical schools such as Lynn Tech.”
State Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) said it’s important to continue to invest in our vocational and technical schools, like Lynn Tech, which has provided a quality technical education to its students for many years.
Bridget Turcotte can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.