CTI Grant Funded Programs at Zero Cost

We are pleased to announce that Keefe Regional Technical School’s Continuing Education program, Keefe at Night, has received a grant for the enhancement of its existing Journeyman Plumbing Code and Theory Program, and the creation of an HVAC Oil and Gas Burner Technology Certification Program for adults.

The expansion of these two programs is made possible through funding by the Career Technical Initiative (CTI), which is funded through an appropriation in the Fiscal Year 2023-2024 State Budget and funds appropriated through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. The grant is administered by Commonwealth Corporation on behalf of the Workforce Skills Cabinet. In partnership with the MassHire Metro South/West Career Center, Keefe at Night will administer the programs from the admissions application process to apprenticeship placement, and employment.

The primary objective of the CTI funding and the expansion of these two programs is to address the needs of both job seekers and employers by providing training opportunities for adults in high-demand and high-growth industries. This training will help individuals who are either unemployed or under-employed in establishing career pathways.

The grant funds awarded to Keefe at Night will provide opportunities to 20 eligible adult learners to enroll in an enhanced 200-hour Massachusetts Journeyman Plumbing Tier 1 course, and 40 eligible learners to participate in a newly-created 200-hour HVAC, Oil and Gas Burner Technology Certification Program at no cost to participants. In addition to classroom lectures, these programs will include OSHA certification, hands-on practice, and essential career development and employability skills training.

If you are interested in applying, please read the instructions below and be sure to complete all the necessary forms.  Only completed applications will be reviewed for eligibility and admissions.


Please note that you can only apply for one program.

In addition to classroom lectures,both of these programs will include OSHA certification, hands-on practice, and essential career development and employability skills training.

Journeyman Plumbing Tier 1

Journeyman Plumbing Tier 1 200-hour program – Launch your career as a Journeyman Plumber.  This program will include the required 110 hours of code and theory studies for Tier 1 as part of the Massachusetts 5-tier program.  It also includes OSHA Certification, hands-on practice, and essential career development and employability skills training.

HVAC – Gas and Oil Burner Certification

HVAC – Oil  & Gas Burner Certification – This 200-hour program will prepare students to sit for the Massachusetts Oil Burner Technician Certification exam.   Students will learn the basics of residential heating gas & oil burner technology, service, repair, installation and maintenance.  The program also includes OSHA Certification, hands-on practice, and essential career development and employability skills training.


Participants in the Tier 1 Plumbing Program will receive a certificate of completion for the 110 Tier 1 hours required by the State of Massachusetts Plumbing Board for students attending the State’s 5-Tier Journeyman program.

Participants in the HVAC program will be prepared to take the Massachusetts Oil Burner Technician exam.


Do you qualify for this no-cost/zero tuition program? In order to qualify for either of these programs, applicants must:

  1. Show proof of Massachusetts residency.  Residency may be documented using one of the documents listed below:
  • Driver’s License or current and valid MA State-Issued ID
  • Utility Bill dated within the last three months
  • Government Mail received in the past 60 days (including property tax or excise tax bill)
  • Bank Statement
  • Pension Statement
  • Auto or Home Insurance Policy
  1. Show proof of eligibility to be eligible to work in the United States by submitting one of the following documents:
  • United States Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  1. Be currently unemployed or underemployed
  • An unemployed individual is defined as an individual who is not currently employed at the time of enrollment in the program.
  • An underemployed individual is defined as an individual who is earning less than 60% of the Median Household Income (also referred to as Area Median Income) for the Workforce Area in which they reside (please click on the picture of the table).
  1. Be 18 years of age or older when submitting their application
  2. Possess a high school diploma or equivalency
  3. Agree to the Program Terms and Guidelines which appear in the preliminary application.

Apply Today – Space is Limited!

You can only apply for one of the programs.  Please click on the buttons that appear below to fill out your preliminary application.

It is important to note that after you submit your preliminary application you will  also receive instructions on how to contact our Partner MassHire Career Center in Framingham to:

  • Obtain your MassHire Job Quest ID #
  • Complete a Future Skills CTI
  • Interview with MassHire

If it is determined from your preliminary application and your JobQuest account entries that you meet all the above-mentioned requirements, you will be asked to meet with the Keefe at Night CTI Program Manager, Soraya Winters, in person..

Within one week of contact from MassHire, you must submit the required information that appears below:

  • MassHire Job Quest ID #
  • Copy of your current Massachusetts Driver’s License.
  • A copy of your most recent pay stub for those participants who are underemployed.
  • Unemployed participants will need to submit proof of unemployment. Examples of forms of documentation that can be accepted for proof of unemployment include:
    • Proof of UI receipt
    • Letter or statement of unemployment verification
    • Screenshot of photo of UI account
    • Tax form for proof of no income (e.g., 1040 form)
    • A copy of your high school diploma or GED/HiSet Certificate.

Spring Semester – Classes will start in January 2024 and will meet during evening hours and Saturdays.  If you qualify for the program, you will receive a copy of the class schedule during your in-person interview at Keefe at Night.

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