Economic development plan could benefit WMass

BOSTON (WWLP) – House Speaker Robert DeLeo released his economic development plan Tuesday with a strong focus on western Massachusetts.

Manufacturing could make a comeback in western Massachusetts as House lawmakers announced plans to invest in more business and job creation.

Vocational-technical schools could see $15-million in funding that would train 4,000 workers over the next four years. Advanced technology is changing the job market and students need to keep up with that demand.

According to Rep. Joe Wagner, (D) Chicopee, and Committee on Economic Development, “The jobs we want to keep here, the jobs we want to bring here, the jobs we want to create here involve skill sets that we need to teach students at a young age.”

$1.5 million would go towards MassCAN, a program that would add computer science classes in public schools. Money for that program would be funded by public and private sectors.

The state took in more money than was budgeted in fiscal 20-14 so the programs would be funded through the state’s surplus revenues.

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