Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Secretary Jay Ash Visit AccuRounds

Congressman Joe Kennedy III and Secretary Jay Ash visited AccuRounds, an advanced manufacturing company, to discuss STEM initiatives and Workforce Development. One of the biggest issues facing the manufacturing industry today is the lack of available skilled labor. The manufacturing industry employs 250,000 workers in the state of Massachusetts. Both the Congressman and Secretary are involved with initiatives to raise awareness about careers in the manufacturing industry.

Congressman Kennedy is a co-chair of the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. The objectives of the council this year are to Expand Work-Based Learning Programs, Develop and Grow STEM Early College Career Pathways, and Broaden and Deepen Computer Science and Engineering Initiatives. Secretary Ash supports Governor Baker’s office in efforts to promote training programs and vocational school education which help provide the necessary skills and training for machinists. In January, Governor Baker’s office proposed $83.5 million to help fund Career Vocational Technical Education to address access to these programs and the skills shortage.

“Having Congressman Kennedy and Secretary Ash visit our company demonstrates their commitment to filling the pipeline for skilled workers and promoting manufacturing,” said Michael Tamasi, President and CEO of AccuRounds. “We are always looking for skilled labor, and their attention to this matter is beneficial to all of the manufacturers in the state of Massachusetts.”

After a tour of the recently expanded manufacturing facility, Congressman Kennedy and Secretary Ash addressed the entire AccuRounds team. Congressman Kennedy thanked AccuRounds for being a “leader in advanced manufacturing.” Secretary Ash commended the integrity and commitment demonstrated by all the associates at AccuRounds.

 

                                            

Pictured left to right: Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development; Michael Tamasi, President and CEO of AccuRounds; Congressman Joe Kennedy III