Massachusetts Community Colleges Guided Pathways to Success in STEM Logo

15 Massachusetts Community Colleges
$20 Million Grant – U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT 4 Program
October 2014 – September 2018

A consortia proposal submitted collectively by the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts led by Massasoit Community College was selected by the U.S. Department of Labor for the final round of federal funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT). The community colleges are advancing a comprehensive approach to addressing the training and educational needs of workers and employers statewide with a focus on articulated pathways to careers in high-growth STEM sectors (As well as advanced manufacturing and healthcare).

The $20 million grant which ran from October 2014 to September 2018 was the highest funded of the 66 awarded in the country by U.S. DOL.  The project entitled Guided Pathways to Success in STEM (GPSTEM) used the national Complete College America Guided Pathways to Success model to assist eligible students in obtaining degrees and certificates in STEM fields.  The model focuses on reducing the time to completion of certificates and degree programs, resulting in more students entering employment in the Commonwealth and/or transferring to baccalaureate education to add to their credentials.  

Priorities & Strategies

 Priority Areas

  1. Create articulated pathways to careers in high growth STEM sectors 
  2. Build these pathways to ensure on-time graduation (15 to finish)
    1. Implement intrusive advising and increased course availability 
  3. Further partnerships with Career Centers & Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs)
  4. Partner with UMASS system and the State Universities to develop STEM transfer pathways

Target Populations to be Served

  1. TAA eligible workers
  2. Un/underemployed workers 
  3. Veterans 
  1. TAA eligible workers
  2. Un/underemployed workers 
  3. Veterans 

Industry Partners

The consortium partnered with many public and private organizations within STEM fields to ensure that programs created by the grant serve the target population, as well as the companies that they will eventually work for in the most effective way possible. Some of the companies that we have partnered with are listed below;

  • Genzyme (a Sanofi Company)
  • Hi-Tech Mold & Tool Inc.
  • STEM Advisory Council
  • Smith & Wesson
  • Arden Engineering Constructors
  • Baystate Healthcare
  • CVS Caremark
  • Reliant Medical Group
  • North Easton Machine Company
  • Mass Mutual
  • Metso Automation USA
  • Dexter-Russell, Inc.

*Please note that this is not an exhaustive listing of our partners*

GPSTEM Programs

The programs listed below were developed through GPSTEM. The list does not fully represent the industry and career offerings provided by the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges, as they were created in part or in full through a U.S. DOL Grant awarded to the colleges collectively. For a full list of programs offered, please contact the college you wish to attend directly.

Biotech/Life Sciences
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences (Math & Science)
  • Liberal Arts – Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • Biological Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Veterinary Technician
  • Chemistry
  • Aviation Science
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Physics
  • Networking
  • Computer Forensics
  • Health IT Medical Coding
  • Cyber Security
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Web Master
  • IT
  • Computer Applications
  • Database Administration
  • Mobile Application Design
  • Help Desk
  • Medical Office Administrative Assistant
  • Customer Service
  • CAD
  • CIS
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Telecommunications
  • Secure Software Development
  • Surveying
  • Engineering Technology
  • Green Design & Engineering
  • Robotics & manufacturing Automation
  • Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • CAD
  • CNC
  • Architectural & Structural Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Gas Utilities Program
  • Engineering Technology & Advanced Manufacturing
  • Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency
  • Engineering Design
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering Technology-Mechatronics
Health Sciences
  • Community Health Worker
  • Phelebotomy
  • Central Sterile
  • Electrocardiography
  • Direct Care Worker
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Coding
  • Opthamology Assistant
  • Health Information Management
  • Public Health
  • Practical Nursing
  • Health Care Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Surgical Technology
  • Certified Nurses Aide
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • general Studies in Health Science
  • Pre-Pharmacology
  • Computer Numerical Control
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Manufacturing Innovation
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Foundational Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Production Tech
  • Automation Technology

Final Scorecard

Year 3 Progress Report

Year 2 Progress Report

Year 1 Progress Report

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