As Labor and Workforce Chairman, I've was proud to lead the effort to boost for funding for re-entry programs, which assist former inmates finding good jobs. This week we visited one highly successful program at Massasoit Community College that is putting those funds to good use. Through a partnership with the Plymouth County House of Correction and the Mass. Department of Corrections, Massasoit is hosting a certificate program in diesel mechanic training that prepares students for careers in the diesel fuels industry. These are skills that are much in demand and offer a lucrative entry level salary and a long-term career path.
We visited the program on Friday and met with the instructor and some of the students to get a more boots on the ground perspective about how this is working and how we could scale it up. I'm grateful to Massasoit President Ray DiPasquale, Dean Carine Sauvignon and team for hosting us today.
We were joined by Labor Committee members Sen. Walter Timilty and Rep. Jim Hawkins and well as Sen. Mike Brady, who have all been strong supporters of this line item, as well as reentry staff from the Plymouth County House of Correction and the Mass. Department of Corrections who are key partners in this program.