Part of $4 million for community colleges across the state
Governor Deval Patrick's Office announced Tuesday that fifteen community colleges across the state were awarded $4 million in grants. The funds were awarded through the Performance Incentive Fund (PIF).
"A stronger community college system is good for students, employers and the whole Commonwealth. These additional resources will further accelerate this transformation, and help get people to work," said Governor Patrick.
The grants will support increased skill training and workforce alignment, improved student learning outcomes and efficiency measures, according to the governor's office.
Of the $4 million, Cape Cod Community College will receive $137,211. The smallest grant was $35,517 to Roxbury Community College, while the highest was to MassBay Community College at $300,000.
The award to Cape Cod Community College is intended to "enhance college readiness in the Cape Cod area and to retain increasing numbers of students at the college", according to the governor's office.
PIF is part of the state's Vision Project. A total of $5 million in the FY13 budget was set aside by the Legislature and signed by the governor in July. Of the $5 million, $2.9 million will fund new initiatives, $500,000 will fund the second year of projects begun under PIF in 2012 and $400,000 will be used to implement a system-wide credit transfer infrastructure. Awards for the $1 million balance will be announced at a later time.
"These grants will support our efforts to connect more of our students to meaningful work and will help provide more of those students with the educational and skill-building opportunities they will need to succeed in our knowledge-based economy," said Education Secretary Paul Reville.