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On the next page you will find an archive off all the the Tranformation Agenda's past E-Newsletters. The page will be updated regularly with the most recent mailings. If you would like to get the newsletter emailed to you directly please feel free to join our mailing list using the form provided on the Transformation Agenda's front page.
Competnecy Models in Action...
Boston, MA - July 24, 2013 - Manufacturers indicate that one main stumbling block to recruiting individuals for manufacturing occupations is that the nature of the work is often perceived as dirty, repetitive and boring—e.g., putting the same part in the same machine all day. Younger people may not recognize that manufacturing is now high tech, well paying, and in need of workers skilled in new industrial technologies. Concurrently, the supply of qualified manufacturing workers is shrinking. The manufacturing workforce is growing...(Read More)
Worcester Leads the Way...
Worcester, MA - May 14, 2013 (Via Worcester Business Journal) Worcester has its challenges. But efforts in the city to churn out mid-level skills workers to meet the needs of area employers have been arguably more successful than anywhere else in the state, according to Commonwealth Corp. The quasi-public, Boston-based organization, which evaluates, administers and evaluates workforce programs around the state, said in an April 24 report that Central Massachusetts has managed to increase educational attainment of its residents as its...(Read More)
Federal Spending that Works
Boston, MA - May 14, 2013 (Via Inside Higher Ed) Most community colleges could easily put federal grant money to good use plugging up budget holes after years of slashing by states. But the U.S. Department of Labor’s $2 billion in workforce development funding for the sector was designed to encourage two-year colleges to make lasting, ambitious changes instead of just back-filling budgets. And that approach seems to be working. The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, for example...(Read More)
Mass. Colleges Take Center Stage in Workforce Development
Boston, MA - April 15, 2013 (Via Community College Week) Massachusetts is rightly renowned for its historic system of higher education. Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University are just three of prominent and prestigious institutions calling the Bay State home. Less well-known is the state’s workhorse system of 15 community colleges. They stretch from the Berkshires to Boston and enroll more than 190,000 students in...(Read More)
Mass. tries a different approach to workforce training
Boston, MA - April 10, 2013 (Via Community College Times) Community colleges in Massachusetts are making solid progress on an effort to improve retention rates while providing accelerated workforce training to unemployed adults tied to employers’ needs. The Massachusetts Community Colleges and Workforce Development and Transformation Agenda(MCCWDTA) was launched in 2011 with a three-year, $20-million Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training(TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Each of the state’s...(Read more)
NSCC Offers Accelerated Training
Boston, MA – March 7, 2013 (via Boston Business Journal) As single mother, Karen Surette couldn’t afford to be unemployed. But she hadn’t had much luck keeping a job either. Surette was working as a receptionist, but was laid off from that job. Then she worked with the disabled, and that job was cut too. Desperate, she went to her local community college – North Shore Community College in Lynn – to explore her options. There, she was directed into a specialized program for…(Read More)
At Cape College, Training That's Where the Jobs Are
Boston, MA - March 13, 2013 (Via Cape Cod Times) Ann-Marie Marcotte spent more than 20 years carving out a career in the hospitality industry. The Barnstable woman, working 60- to 80-hour work weeks, started thinking about getting into a new field years ago. So, when she was laid off from her job last May, she leapt at the chance to start fresh. "I just felt this was a time to regroup," she said. Last fall, she signed up for a new accelerated certificate program at Cape Cod Community College that has trained her in medical coding. Initiated with federal funding, the program helps students graduate from either medical coding or bookkeeping programs within...(Read More)
Accelerated Programs Train Workers for Skills Needed Now
BOSTON, MA (January 24, 2013) –The Commonwealth’s 15 community colleges are embarking on the second year of an innovative venture to transform the delivery of education and training programs for low skilled workers, and change how they interact with workforce development system, public agencies, leading industry groups, leaders of government and private businesses. Managed by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, the Massachusetts Community Colleges & Workforce Development Transformation Agenda(MCCWDTA) is funded by a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration through the TAACCCT program. Each community college is offering new or redesigned...(Read More)
MassBay Community College Focusing on I.T Job Training
Boston, MA - December 8th, 2012 (Via MetroWest Daily News) Kenny Kirunda is no newcomer to the information technology field. But after working several jobs in the industry, the 28-year-old from Waltham knew he wanted to go higher - higher education, that is. "You can get into the field with knowledge and experience," he said. But to advance to a more specialized or managerial position, "you need that backing" of a college degree, which Kirunda is currently pursuing at MassBay Community College. Kirunda won't be the only one taking that route, if the state... (Read More)
Asst. Secretary of Labor Touts Career Training Program
Worcester, MA - October 19, 2012 (Via Worcester Business Journal) - Speaking at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester this afternoon, the U.S. Department of Labor's Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration Jane Oates stressed the importance of the year-old partnership that's putting a focus on community colleges and businesses in the state working together. She told about 50 stakeholders from...(Read More)