A message from the
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education

December, 2020
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Volume 5, Issue 13 - December 18, 2020

A Message from Associate Commissioner Elizabeth L. Bennett
We in the Office for College, Career, and Technical Education hope you all have a restful and much deserved winter break. See you in the new year! The newsletter will go on break for a bit, too. Our next CCTE call will be on Monday December 21 at 11:00am and a zoom link will be sent.


News & Updates
FY22 Skills Capital Grant Application Cycle Underway
The FY22 Skills Capital Grant Application Cycle is now underway with submissions due on March 24, 2021 by 3:00 PM. The Skills Capital Grant Program will award grants for the purchase and installation of equipment and related improvements and renovations necessary for installation and use of such equipment to support vocational and technical training. This equipment will upgrade and expand career technical education and training programs that are aligned to regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries, provided that grant applications facilitate collaboration to provide students training pathway’s to career opportunities in high-skill, high-demand industry sectors, and include all of the following characteristics:

  • respond to WSC Regional Planning Blueprint and Labor Market Information' 
  • engage industry partners in supporting structured work readiness activities and work-based learning experiences; 
  • offer focused college and career guidance and advisement systems; 
  • provide integrated rigorous instructional courses; 
  • support secondary and postsecondary linkages; and
  • provide the opportunity to obtain an industry-recognized credential, apprenticeship, or college credits towards a Certificate, Associate, or Baccalaureate degree.

EOE anticipates awarding up to $12 Million in grants. The complete timeline is available at Skills Capital Grant Program website, and a copy of the FY22 RFP can be found on COMMBUYS.

Update to CVTE Cooperative Placements and Internships
As of January 2021, cooperative education placements and internships will be open to both seniors and juniors. Previously this fall, only seniors were permitted to participate. Cooperative education placements must follow guidelines outlined in the Manual for Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Cooperative Education (download). All placements must still follow the Career/Vocational Technical Education Reopening Guidelines (download) and other DESE reopening guidance. For more information, please email Elizabeth Bennett at

Communications Survey
Clear communication is essential to bring us together and plan for a safe future. DESE is continuously working to improve communication with all those involved in and impacted by our public schools. Please take this two-minute survey to help inform DESE's communication efforts. Thank you!

Safety Corner - from Dave Edmonds, CCTE's Safety Specialist 
On December 10, 2020, Marvin Lewiton, Industrial Hygiene Supervisor from the OSHA Consultation Program, Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, conducted a presentation on Respiratory Protection in the Workplace. Below is the link to the presentation, which starts at the 3-minute mark, and the passcode. This video contains important information concerning both the selection of respiratory protection equipment and Fit Testing. Feel free to share it.

Second Note: as we enter the holiday season, there is a push towards finishing our household Fall cleaning. Remember to read all the instructions for any household cleaning item you may employ. You may find that there are requirements for PPE or increased ventilation. Ten percent of all poisoning happens from household items. Inhalation or skin absorption can cause this exposure. Be safe!

Here is a link to session recording. The Safety Stop, Dec. 2020, passcode: %8M%8=DW
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