State treasurer and Democratic candidate for governor Steve Grossman is pushing for greater state and private investment in vocational-technical education programs to help close what he calls the ``skills gap'' between schools and the job market.

    Grossman, speaking to students and teachers at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, said the state needs stronger public-private partnerships to help prepare students for 21st century jobs.

    Grossman said his plan also calls for an increase in the number of internship and co-op opportunities in public higher education and modernizing vocational-technical schools by increasing state technology grants and appealing to the private sector to match public dollars.

    Grossman is the latest in a series of candidates for governor to release education proposals as the campaign for the state's top elected office picks up steam.  (Associated Press)