$1.3 Million dollars to given to vocational schools across the state

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP)– More than a million dollars will be given out to trade and technical schools across the state.

Governor Patrick has announced that more than 30 schools in the state will receive a total of $1.3 million as part of the Vocational Opportunity Challenge grant program.

The one-time payment to schools is meant specifically for technical and trade schools and programs.  Much of the money will go towards things like new equipment, partnerships between the schools and area businesses in the industry, and to better train more skilled workers to enter the workforce.

Smith Vocational and Agriculture School will be receiving the most being given out to the Western Massachusetts schools, with a total of nearly $40,000.

Some of the other Western Mass. schools that will be receiving funding include $25,000 to Westfield Public Schools for their programming and web development education, nearly $25,000 to Springfield public schools for their early childhood education programs, $21,000 to Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical School District, in Palmer, for their horticulture program.

Others include nearly $13,000 to Pittsfield Public Schools for their health assisting program, and $4,800 to Franklin County Regional Technical School District for their cosmetology program.

The nearly $40 thousand dollars being given to Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School is intended for their manufacturing program.

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