FY17 State Funding Highlights

At the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education event last month, Governor Baker and the Workforce Skills Cabinet announced proposals for $83.5 Million for Career Vocational Technical Education, proposed as part of his FY17 budget proposal and impending Economic Development legislation.

Highlights include:

  • $75 million over five years: new capital authorization to fund grants for equipment to expand and improve career technical education programs, building on a $9.2 million Skills Capital grant program announced this year.technical education programs, building on a $9.2 million Skills Capital grant program announced this year.
  • $7.5 million: work-based learning grants, including nearly doubling support for school-to-career connecting activities to $5.5 million, and doubling support for Dual Enrollment to $2 million, to expand and replicate STEM-focused early college career pathways, including middle school curriculum and workplace experience and learning.
  • $1 million: new Career Technical Partnership Grants, funded through federal Perkins Act grant funding, to strengthen relationships between vocational schools, comprehensive high schools, and employers.

READ: Press Release

The Baker-Polito Administration also announced this month plans to invest an additional $5 Million Targeting Chronically High Unemployment. This proposal includes:

  • $2 million to create a new Economic Opportunity Fund, investing in community-based organizations who partner with businesses to offer job training and hiring opportunities for people who face employment barriers. The grants will allow organizations to provide a deeper level of engagement to help residents find a job.
  • $2 million for the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, which invests in training unemployed workers for in-demand jobs. SkillWorks & the Workforce Solutions Group (WSG) successfully advocated for this funding last year. IF the Governor’s recommendation is adopted, it will mark the first time this program has been funded for two consecutive years.
  • $1 million to expand statewide re-entry and job training programming for former criminal offenders re-entering society.

READ: Press Release

Click here for Governor Baker’s FY17 Budget Proposal, released on January 27, 2016.

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