Obama’s Youth CareerConnect grant coming to Brockton

Boston-based Jobs for the Future will help the city build new pathways to college & career

President Obama’s recent announcement on Youth CareerConnect awards will help further the Gateway Cities Education Vision in the city of Brockton. The US Department of Labor awarded $107 million in funding for 24 different local partnerships. These Youth CareerConnect grants aim to alter the traditional high school experience in a way that provides more “real world” learning specifically in the fields of mathematics, science, technology, and engineering. By investing in workforce development skills, students will be more prepared for success in college and career, reducing the growing mismatch of skills and jobs within regional labor markets.

A $4.9 million dollar Youth CareerConnect grant was awarded to the Boston-based non-profit Jobs for the Future. The grant will be divided among three communities within Massachusetts including the Gateway City of Brockton. The aim of the “Massachusetts Advanced Pathways Program” will be to increase connections for at least 1,650 ninth graders, giving them opportunities to earn industry credentials and associate’s degrees prior to high school graduation. This program is a part of Jobs for the Future’s Pathways to Prosperity Network working in eight states.

Brockton will receive $714,951 dollars to jumpstart a healthcare academy that is set to open for students in September 2015. Brockton High School, Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, and Massasoit Community College will partner with regional healthcare employers to create the healthcare academy at BHS. The program will give youth the skills needed to enter healthcare fields that lack an adequately prepared workforce. Students who participate in this program will graduate high school with at least 12 college credits and the skills needed to succeed in postsecondary school or career.

– Megan Aki

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