Mayor Walsh Announces Grant to Support Construction and Hospitality Careers

October 2, 2015

Mayor Walsh Announces Federal Grant at Wentworth

Boston – Friday, October 2, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced a $3 million grant from the Obama Administration to expand apprenticeship opportunities in construction and hospitality through the Mayor's Office of Workforce Development. The announcement was made in Watson Hall at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Wentworth and Bunker Hill Community College will serve as higher education partners in the Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative. Both institutions will provide supportive programming opportunities.

The City's award, part of the $175 million American Apprenticeship Grant program, will serve 394 participants seeking to advance careers in the construction and hospitality sectors.

Brian Golden, director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, served as emcee for Friday's event. Speaking were Tabia Gustave, a graduate of Building Pathways; Tyrone Kindell, project coordinator for Building Pathways; Robert Asaro-Angelo, eastern regional representative to the U.S. Secretary of Labor; U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren; U.S. Senator Ed Markey; Congressman Michael Capuano; and Congressman Stephen Lynch.

“I want to thank President Obama and Labor Secretary Perez along with our Congressional delegation, Senators Warren and Markey and Representatives Lynch and Capuano, for securing this valuable funding for Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “This grant allows us to equip residents with the knowledge and skills needed to gain employment in some of our fastest growing sectors. We want to provide a pipeline to better-paying jobs with benefits. We know the demand exists, and we’re here to provide the connections.”

The following Associate Programs are offered through Wentworth Institute of Technology to union apprentices:

  • Carpenters – Construction Management
  • Electrical – Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Sheet Metal – Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Pipe Fitters & Iron Workers – Architectural Technology

The GBAAI serves as an “earn and learn” model that will allow participants to earn good wages while working towards college credits. By linking apprenticeships with educational opportunities, the program provides another alternative to traditional college career pathways. In addition, the partnership will create a scholarship fund that will help participants pay for these degrees to help reduce their student debt.

“We are delighted to participate in this grant,” said Wentworth Institute of Technology President Dr. Zorica Pantić. “With our focus on experiential learning, Wentworth will provide to the participants of this apprenticeship program a path to career success and also build a skilled workforce pipeline necessary for the future economic growth of the region.”


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