September 26, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, and Reps. Tsongas, McGovern Applaud Mt. Wachusett Community College for Securing Major Advanced Manufacturing Training Grant

Washington, DC – United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey and Representatives Niki Tsongas and  Jim McGovern today applauded Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) for securing a major grant from the Department of Labor. MWCC, located in Gardner, will oversee the $15.9 million grant in partnership with Southwest Tennessee Community College, North Central State College in Ohio, and Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana, to create the Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium.


“Massachusetts is a national leader in advanced manufacturing, and this grant will help train students for jobs in the 21st century innovation economy,” said Senator Warren. “I applaud MWCC for their efforts to secure this major grant and for being selected as the lead institution. This exciting initiative will help develop and strengthen partnerships between MWCC and employers in North Central Massachusetts.”


"Mount Wachusett Community College has been working to meet the training needs of manufacturing employers in Worcester County, and I commend MWCC for securing this funding that will prepare students to work in our vibrant innovation economy,” said Senator Markey. “This important grant will help manufacturing  businesses in surrounding areas increase their competitive edge by lowering their training costs for developing skilled employees."


“Boosting American manufacturing and increasing educational opportunities are two of the most critical components to job growth and a healthy economic future. With this Department of Labor funding, Mt. Wachusett will provide central Massachusetts with top-tier training and credential programs, sending positive ripple effects through our manufacturing companies and workforce. This is yet another example of how Massachusetts and especially the Third District has become a national leader for cutting- edge technology innovation and development,” said Congresswoman Tsongas (MA-3).

“This major federal grant will enhance Mount Wachusett Community College’s role as a leader in developing pioneering job-training pathways for their students,” said Congressman McGovern (MA-2). “I am a strong believer that we must invest in ensuring that our students of today are well trained for the careers of tomorrow. This grant, partnering Mount Wachusett with colleges around the country, will allow workers, veterans, and other students to secure work quicker, in more advanced positions.”


The Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, and Quality Consortium will help job seekers obtain training and credentials in the advanced manufacturing fields of Mechatronics and Quality career pathways. MWCC received $6,450,356 of the $15,875,432 awarded to the consortium to provide accelerated training and credentialing programs in North Central Massachusetts. The grant is part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, a multiyear initiative to expand targeted training programs for job seekers. For more information about the grant program, visit the DOL website.