Senator Lesser Votes to Promote Economic Development; Secures Bond Authorization for Chicopee Vocational Education

BOSTON- Senator Lesser secured $200,000 in capital authorization for Chicopee Comprehensive High School’s career preparation programs, as part of the Senate’s sweeping economic development bill passed on Thursday, July 14th. “These programs are  incredibly valuable for students in Chicopee and they are helping place students in jobs that pay well here in Western Mass--it’s important for our growth as a region.” Senator Lesser said to his colleagues on the Senate Floor.

Senator Lesser’s appropriation, once authorized by the Governor, provides funds to Chicopee Comprehensive High School for the purchase of replacement equipment for the electrical and carpentry programs. This includes new band saws, new axis drives, a new CAD/CAM cutting system and a new van for transportation of the carpentry and electrical students to job sites across Chicopee where they will gain real world experience.

Senator Lesser has a record of supporting funding for job training and 21st Century education programs in Western Massachusetts, including securing key funding for the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative’s manufacturing program. In the same bill passed on July 14th, he secured funds for Belchertown High School’s new engineering program. As co-chair of the Senate’s Millennial Engagement Initiative and a member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, he is a leader in the Senate on issues relating to young people and technology.

The bill will now be reconciled with the House version and sent to the Governor’s desk.