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Healey-Driscoll Administration Awards Bunker Hill Community College Grant for New Community College Workforce Training Programs

Friday, March 8, 2024

The grants fund free non-degree training programs in areas such as education, health care, addiction recovery, cyber security, and manufacturing.

This week, the Healey-Driscoll Administration announced they are awarding $1.5 million in grants for new community college workforce training programs for adults looking to enter or re-enter the workforce. The grants, which are part of the Training Resources and Internships Network (TRAIN) program, are being issued to 13 community colleges across Massachusetts, including Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), to prepare residents for careers in fields such as education, health care, addiction recovery, cyber security, and manufacturing. The grants are estimated to provide free career training to more than 400 adult learners at community colleges across Massachusetts, with all programs targeting residents who are unemployed or underemployed. 

The success of MassReconnect has demonstrated that Massachusetts residents are eager to further their careers, and these training programs are another way to meet that need,” said Governor Maura Healey, announcing the grant. “TRAIN grants allow community colleges to be responsive to regional workforce needs and quickly prepare residents to fill critical roles in our cities and towns.”   

At BHCC, the grant will support students and programs in a comprehensive and flexible array of training that includes workforce readiness, occupational and on-the-job training for in-demand jobs in Allied Health and Information Technology. Activities are designed to identify and engage long-term un/underemployed workers, COVID-unemployed, and new entrants to the workforce, link them with needed support services, and quickly train and prepare them for meaningful employment. Participants will choose from a range of options for occupational skills training and certification including EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, CNA, EMT and Red Hat Operations Technician.  For information on these programs and more, visit the Workforce and Economic Development website at  

Read the full Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Press Release announcing the grant.