With manufacturers in Massachusetts struggling to find trained people to hire, Governor Deval Patrick today announced a pilot program between two community colleges funded by a partnership that includes some of the state’s biggest companies.
The program run jointly by Springfield Technical Community College and Holyoke Community College aims to take unemployed and under-employed people and give them the skills needed to get an entry level job in manufacturing. Governor Patrick, who announced the pilot program at STCC, called it vital to enhancing the state’s competitive edge.
Newly renovated apartment buildings in Springfield, MA that are part of a $75 five-year project involving 23 buildings with more than 300 apartments. The project is in the Outing Park Historic District
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has announced nearly $84 million in funding for 24 affordable housing projects across the state. New housing in western Massachusetts includes projects in Springfield, Northampton, Greenfield, Williamstown, and Pittsfield.
Governor Patrick said the newly funded projects will create more than 1,300 apartments and over 2,000 construction jobs. It is part of an economic development strategy that has seen his administration commit more than $1 billion to the creation of affordable housing in the last seven-and-a-half years.
Flanked on his right by Dem. State Senator Ben Downing and Dem. State Representative Smitty Pignatelli on his left, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, in red, digs into a pile of dirt Monday morning in Lee. The ceremony marked work on a two-mile stretch of Tyringham Road.
State funding totaling more than $10 million was announced today for several projects in western Massachusetts involving education, energy and recreation.
The Patrick administration announced three separate grants to complete construction of the UMass Springfield Center, make improvements to a riverfront park in Springfield, and create a university extension service initiative for renewable and clean energy.
Gov. Deval Patrick joked to a gathering of about 100 business and community leaders in Springfield Thursday morning that he had “brought a check.”
The Democrat has said in the past that he plans to enter the private sector when his second term as governor ends next January.
But when asked by Politico.com while attending the National Governors Association conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday whether he could see himself at some point making a White House bid he said "Maybe."