MARLBOROUGH – A nearly $250,000 grant will let Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School buy new equipment to strengthen its metal fabrication and welding programming, Superintendent Ernest Houle said this month.
Announced on March 9, the state Skills Capital Grant totals $249,752. It is aimed at helping Assabet expand its program for high school students. The funding will also help expand the Assabet Technical Initiative, which serves unemployed or underemployed adults.
“By purchasing modern equipment, Assabet students will be able to train on the most up-to-date technology and be better positioned to obtain employment in high-demand fields upon graduation,” the school wrote in a press release.
Equipment purchased will include light and heavy gauge sheet metal layout and fabrication tools, as well as structural steel welding machinery that uses arc welding, CNC Plasma, and oxy/fuel cutting processes.
This grant program recognizes education institutions that “showcase their partnerships with local businesses, and whose curriculum and credentials seek to meet the demand of growing industries in the Commonwealth,” Assabet wrote.
It has distributed roughly $92 million to more than 300 different programs
This is Assabet’s seventh time winning this grant. They’ve used previous funding to build their new greenhouse program as well as to offer new opportunities in their biotechnology, culinary arts and science, advanced manufacturing, metal fabrication and welding, culinary arts and hospitality and health technology pathways.
“We once again thank Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito, and the Workforce Skills Cabinet for their ongoing and generous support of Assabet Valley and career technical education,” Houle said.