Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Awarded $270,699 Skills Capital GrantAugust 1, 2022
Superintendent Josh Vadala is pleased to announce that Peabody Veterans Memorial High School has been awarded a $270,699 Skills Capital grant from the Baker-Polito Administration.
The funding will allow Peabody High School to renovate and modernize its criminal justice/protective services (CJ) and early childhood education (ECE) programs with simulation labs.
Simulation-based training equipment will provide a safe learning environment and enable students to acquire skills, confidence, and experience by realistically engaging in their career area.
The equipment will include child, infant, and 911 simulators, as well as scenario-based learning kits that will enhance student leadership and employability.
Peabody High School was one of 70 institutions that received funding from the Skills Capital Grant program, which awarded a total of $22 million. The program is designed to help vocational technical and agricultural schools and programs across the Commonwealth update equipment, expand student enrollment, and reduce skill gaps in high-priority industry sectors.
The awards ceremony was held on Friday, July 22 at Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Lexington.
Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Education James Peyser, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta, and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennelly attended the ceremony and met with middle school students who are exploring different career technical programs this summer.
Since 2015, 477 grants totaling approximately $129 million have been awarded to 194 schools and educational institutions across the Commonwealth. Approximately 50,000 students across the Commonwealth have directly benefitted from Skills Capital grants.
“The Baker-Polito Administration has been a strong partner with Career Technical Education programs,” Superintendent Vadala said. “This funding once again ensured that our students and adult learners train on the most up-to-date equipment and are prepared for the workforce upon graduation.”
Peabody Veterans Memorial High School has been awarded a $270,699 Skills Capital grant from the Baker-Polito Administration. From left, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennelly, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta, Gov. Charlie Baker, Criminal Justice and Protective Services teacher Krystyna Callagy and Superintendent Josh Vadala. (Photo Courtesy Peabody Public Schools)