Mayor Martin Walsh with President Zorica Pantic

Mayor Martin Walsh with President Zorica Pantic

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Massachusetts Congressional delegation had great things to say about Wentworth after the Institute hosted a crowded Walsh press conference on a grant to expand apprenticeships in the construction and hospitality industries.

The $2.9 million grant was unveiled as part of the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s “earn and learn” training allotments for 46 public-private partnerships across the country. Speaking at his Oct. 2 press session, Walsh said those collaborations are expected to result in 34,000 new apprentice positions nationwide.

Boston’s award is part of the $175 million American Apprenticeship Grant program, which will serve 394 participants seeking to advance careers in the two job sectors.

The Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative will offer an accelerated path to skilled jobs with several benefits.

Wentworth and Bunker Hill Community College will serve as higher education partners in the GBAAI.

“We are delighted to participate in this grant,” said President Zorica Pantic. “With our focus on experiential learning, Wentworth will provide to the participants of this apprenticeship program a path to career success and also build a skilled workforce pipeline necessary for the future economic growth of the region.”

—Dennis Nealon