Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced $191,000 in grants to boost energy efficiency job training programs across the Commonwealth.
The grants are part of MassCEC’s Green Workforce: Energy Efficiency program and are geared towards programs focused on giving students the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of energy efficiency.
“We must work hard to train the next generation of clean energy workers if we want to achieve our ambitious energy and environmental goals,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett, chair of the MassCEC Board of Directors. “The Green Workforce program allows students to gain the knowledge and experience they need for careers in this growing field.”
“With more than half of Massachusetts’ clean energy workers focused on energy efficiency, we must make sure that growing companies have access to a skilled workforce as they expand in the Commonwealth,” said Barton.
Programs receiving funding through this program are:
Medford Vocational Technical High School (Medford) - $48,102 – Medford Vocational High School will purchase equipment to aid in the training of construction and engineering students in careers that promote high efficiency and sustainable energy for residential and commercial properties.
North Shore Community College (NSCC) (Danvers) - $48,659 – NSCC will offer training in the energy efficiency field, specifically in weatherization, to vocational high school students, recent vocational high school graduates and students enrolled in an alternative high school program.
Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical School (Lexington) - $49,531 – Minuteman will upgrade equipment used to train students in industry standard practices in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration field.
Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) (Framingham) - $45,318 – SMOC will upgrade its combustion safety lab, which allows students to learn the skills necessary to safely work on appliances like furnaces, space heaters and water heaters, and offer classes for students who want to gain crew chief training.
The upgrades and improvements made possible through these grants will allow each of these programs to properly train and prepare students for the energy efficiency field, which makes up for more than half of the 80,000 clean energy workers in Massachusetts.