The third round of AMP it up! grants were announced on December 16, 2014. Thank you to all applicants. Please check back in Summer/Fall 2015 for information on the next grant round.
The AMP it up! campaign seeks to change the perception of manufacturing in Massachusetts and educate middle school through community college age students, young adults, and their advisors that advanced manufacturing is an attractive education/career alternative. Today’s manufacturing is driven by technology and the jobs that fall in the manufacturing realm all present viable career paths. The AMP it up! public awareness campaign is designed to reach out to students; parents and families; career advisors and guidance counselors; and teachers. Each of these audiences is an integral part of the decision‐making process for those considering manufacturing careers. By engaging these groups and conducting community activities and events, the campaign seeks to dispel common misconceptions about today’s manufacturing and bolster the prospective employee base for these quality jobs in Massachusetts.
In the third consecutive year of the program, MassDevelopment will provide awards totaling $88,633 to the nine partnerships that consist of regional employment and workforce investment boards; advanced manufacturers; chambers of commerce and development councils; community colleges; youth-serving organizations; and other organizations throughout the Commonwealth.
The lead organizations on these nine partnerships are Berkshire Community College (Pittsfield), Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board, Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board (Worcester), Greenfield Community College, Metro North Regional Employment Board (Cambridge), New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, North Central Massachusetts Economic Development Council (Fitchburg), North Shore Workforce Investment Board (Salem), and Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, Inc. (Springfield).
The community-based programs receiving the awards plan to offer tours of advanced manufacturing companies, career awareness workshops, teacher and guidance counselor information sessions, and externships with manufacturers. The AMP it up! campaign highlights the exciting, technology-driven, high-paying career options in manufacturing, dispels outdated misconceptions about the industry, and bolsters the prospective employee base for these quality jobs with Massachusetts companies.
The third round of grants builds on the successes of the campaign's first and second years. Grant applications were evaluated based on the uses proposed; the collaborations/partnerships created; and scope of outreach proposed. This year, the program was able to award funding to all applicants, all of whom are previous AMP it up! awardees that are continuing, expanding, and/or reshaping their programs for the coming year.