SECRETARY BIALECKI ANNOUNCES EQUIPMENT GRANTS TO SUPPORT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, WORKFORCE TRAINING IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
HOLYOKE – Friday, December 5, 2014 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki today announced over $2.75 million in capital equipment grants to support workforce training and education programs at Holyoke Community College (HCC) and Westfield Vocational Technical High School. These grants will support the purchase of equipment needed at both academic institutions to prepare students for careers in hospitality, culinary arts and aviation, meeting a critical need for skilled workers in these industries.
“Training students for careers in today’s competitive workforce requires providing schools with cutting-edge equipment to help them succeed,” said Secretary Bialecki. “Our vocational technical schools and community colleges provide the educational training, coupled with hands-on applications, that is needed to prepare students for careers in the 21st century global economy.”
“Grants like this provide the necessary tools for students to ensure they are skilled and ready to compete in the global economy,” said Secretary of Education Matthew Malone. “We have been focused on closing gaps and opening opportunities for all students to make sure they are prepared for their future careers.”
Westfield Vocational Technical High School received $1,026,061 to support its aviation technology education program, a first of its kind effort in Massachusetts and New England. Together with key local partners, such as Gulfstream, AirFlyte and B&E Precision Aircraft Components, the new aviation program will operate as a satellite campus at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield.
Through the program, students will be able to graduate from high school with an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license. The program will prepare students for an array of careers in the aviation industry, including pilot, maintenance, manufacturing, air traffic control, airport management, engineering and airport design positions.
“When Westfield Vocational Technical High School started its Aviation Maintenance Technology program plan this past January, we knew that we had many obstacles to overcome if we wanted to start in September 2015,” said Stefan Czaporowski, Principal of Westfield Vocational Technical High School. “With the assistance of Secretary Bialecki and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we now have the funding to purchase the equipment necessary to open the first high school FAA approved Airframe and Powerplant Certification Program in the state.”
WVTHS is pleased to announce a LATE BUS on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The bus will pick up students in front of the building at 3:30 p.m. At this time, this service is only available to student that live in Westfield and take a bus to or from school. Students that plan to take the late bus must inform the Main Office the day before they intend to stay after school. Students will be required to give their name and address so that the bus company can create a run for their drivers ahead of time. Please feel free to contact the Main Office at 413-572-6533 for more information.
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Principal's Newsletter December 2014
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