State grants seek to spur ‘coastal economy’

Bunker Hill Community College and College Bound Dorchester will team up to train students in the maritime trades. The Baker-Polito administration funded the program on Tuesday with a $450,000 grant, part of a larger funding package aimed at supporting job creation in coastal cities and towns.

Bunker Hill and College Bound Dorchester’s program will “foster awareness of the maritime economy sector among Boston’s youth, and will ensure that students gain the necessary skills and certificates - including carpentry, woodworking, electrical, and plumbing skills,” according to the governor’s office.

The $2.9 million grant portfolio announced on Tuesday also included $89,569 to the UMass Boston Urban Harbors Institute. The funds will be used to research “economic growth potential in the Massachusetts seafood economy.”