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The Healey-Driscoll Administration recently announced $15.9 million in workforce development grant funding for 22 initiatives across Massachusetts, representing partnerships with employers, training providers, and regional collaborators. This latest round of workforce development funding will train, upskill, and provide job placement for 2,182 workers for in-demand occupations in health care, human services, life sciences, culinary arts, and more.  

North Shore Community College (NSCC) will be among those partnering with STEMatch, Inc., which received $1,245,292 to provide training and placement services to 130 unemployed and underemployed participants for Computer and Information Analyst, Computer Support Specialist, Software and Web Developer, Programmer, and Tester positions. Additional partners include the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Azenta Life Sciences, Mimecast, MKS Instruments, Vest Technical Solutions, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Advanced Cyber Security Center, Franklin Cummings Technical Institutes Bay Community College, and Northern Essex Community College. 

“STEMatch is a program that builds concrete connections between North Shore Community College graduates and businesses who need talent,” said Jennifer James Price, NSCC’s Assistant Vice President of Strategic Employer Relations. “We are thrilled to scale up our partnership with STEMatch as a result of this new grant award!"

The announced investments in Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success grants are funded by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and administered by Commonwealth Corporation through the state’s Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund. Each awarded grant aims to close the skills gap, increase access to well-paying jobs for unemployed and underemployed residents, and strengthen productivity and workforce needs among employers in regions throughout Massachusetts. 

“These Workforce Success Grants will provide hundreds of Massachusetts residents with access to quality job training and connect our employers with the skilled workforce they need to do business,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Recruiting and retaining a strong and diverse workforce is key to our economic growth and competitiveness.”

 See the full list of workforce development funding recipients.

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