BOSTON – By a unanimous vote, the Senate today passed Senate Bill 2297, An Act expanding the community college training incentive program. Senate Bill 2297 broadens course eligibility requirements for the Community College Training Incentive Program, which supports course offerings aimed at closing the skills gap but restricts this support to not-for-credit students.
“While the Commonwealth laudably helps not-for-credit students obtain job-related skills, no sound policy rationale exists for making a course for a biotechnology technician degree ineligible for a training incentive grant,” said Sen. Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell). “Given the need to increase our talent pipeline, my legislation improves the status quo by expanding the program to include for-credit courses so that community colleges can more effectively educate our future workforce.”
On its website, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education describes the current program this way: “The Community College Training Incentive Program encourages public community college training opportunities that promote workforce development, minimize the shortage of skilled workers and raise economic opportunity. Grants are awarded through this program to expand vocationally oriented course offerings and develop partnerships with Massachusetts employers.”
“The Community College Training Incentive Program is a vital tool in our toolbox to narrow the skills gap and improve our workforce,” said Senate President Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester). “I am very happy that we have taken this opportunity to expand the program and all the good that it can do for our constituents.”
The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.