State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) today celebrated the announcement of more than $50,000 in grants for the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board (MVWIB).
The grants, funded as part of Mass Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)’s Workforce Capacity Building Program, will help to bolster job creation and aid projects that help build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in students and boost the number of high school graduates pursuing STEM majors in college.
With these new grants, the MVWIB will expose students at Lawrence, Haverhill and the Greater Lawrence Technical high schools to clean energy job opportunities through workshops, internship opportunities and visits with area clean energy companies. The program will also expose area teachers in clean energy concepts.
Clean energy jobs are on the rise in Massachusetts. From 2011 to 2012, clean energy jobs rose by 11.2 percent. There are 5,000 clean energy companies in Massachusetts that employ 72,000 workers.
“The clean energy industry is blossoming across the Commonwealth and creating amazing job opportunities,” said DiZoglio. “I’ve long believed the way to achieve job creation is through public-private partnerships like these, coupled with the right education and industry training. These grants could not come at a better time for professionals, educators and students in the Merrimack Valley who are prepared to partake in this ever-important sector of the economy.”