Additional MassHire FHWB Press

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Machinist Program Graduates Honored at Ceremony 

December 16, 2016: The Gazette

Greenfield Mayor William Martin presented 13 graduates of a local machinist training program with two key pieces of advice Friday.

Download the PDF here: 13 Manufacturing Trainees Graduate From GCC Program

Celebrating Manufacturing in Hampshire County

October 6, 2016: The Gazette

Manufacturers and organizers at Easthampton’s Manufacturing Day event, hosted at Eastworks, say the field is experiencing a resurgence.

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Jobs for Juniors

May 10, 2016: The Recorder

A nearly $2 million federal grant will come to Orange, Turners Falls, and Ware to help high school juniors get a solid footing in the workforce.

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Teens Take Reality of Working Life For a Spin

March 4, 2016: The Recorder

Local high school students participated in a “Reality Fair” at Greenfield Community College where they learned to navigate real life money management. 

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Franklin Hampshire Career Center Offers Resources For Teens, Older Workers

March 4, 2016: The Recorder

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center offers resources for teens as well as older workers seeking jobs via free services and entry to other career-training opportunities. 

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Real Pickles Lauded By Job Board

December 2, 2015: The Recorder

Worker-owned Real Pickles Cooperative was lauded Friday as a “workforce development leader,” recognizing the 14-year-old maker of organic pickles and relishes for its recognition of its own employees and for its “public spirit, being visible and active in the community.”

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Greenfield Machine Company Receives National Recognition

February 13, 2015: The Recorder

A local precision machine shop owner has been recognized nationally for taking the lead in forming a partnership with other area manufacturers to provide guidance and support to Franklin County Technical School in 2011 when it renovated and upgraded its machine shop.

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VSS Inc. in Greenfield Helps Develop Needed Workforce

February 9, 2015: The Recorder

As the president and owner of VSS Inc. in Greenfield, Steven K. Capshaw used to face the chronic problem of having jobs he could not fill because of a lack of skilled workers.

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VSS Inc. in Greenfield Helps Develop Needed Workforce

February 9, 2015: The Recorder

As the president and owner of VSS Inc. in Greenfield, Steven K. Capshaw used to face the chronic problem of having jobs he could not fill because of a lack of skilled workers.

Download the PDF here: VSS in Greenfield Helps Develop Needed Workforce

14 Equipped for Machining Jobs

December 12, 2014: The Recorder

On Wednesday night, hours after classes ended, the Franklin County Technical School machine shop was busy with adult students preparing their final projects. Fourteen are set to graduate today, the third class through the Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative

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Franklin County Machine Technology Program Graduates Fourteen

December 11, 2014: The Republican

The machine technology program offered by FranklinHampshire Regional Employment Board and community partners at Franklin County Technical School has graduated another 14 skilled manufacturing employees in its most recent class.

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Greenfield Community College Emphasizes Collaboration

October 7, 2014: BusinessWest

The main role of an institution like GCC, of course, is to prepare people — both young learners and older career transitioners — for jobs in a still-difficult economy. To that end, and perhaps more than ever before, the state’s community colleges are working closely with area economic-development bodies and local businesses to bridge the gap between education and career opportunities, to ensure that their graduates have the skills and training required to meet companies’ needs

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New Training Program for Entry-Level Jobs Holding Info Sessions

April 21, 2014: The Recorder

A training program that’s equipping unemployed and underemployed residents with manufacturing and work readiness skills will hold two information sessions this month.

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Turners Falls High School Conclave Targets Careers

May 5, 2014: The Recorder

Local business owners, educators and state legislators gathered early Friday morning at Turners Falls High School to plan out and discuss ways to prepare students for their futures in the professional work world.

Download the PDF here: TFHS Conclave Targets Careers

Greenfield Community College Zeroing in on Career Prep

February 26, 2014: The Recorder

Greenfield Community College is using a federal grant to help students secure internships and prepare for jobs, aneort that will soon include the launch of a new career services website.

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Western Massachusetts Vocational-Technical High Schools Partner with Industry to Build Skills for Jobs

February 14, 2014: The Republican

The machine program is but one of myriad programs offered in area vocational and technical high schools which help students prepare for their future and help the regional economy.

Download the PDF here: Western Massachusetts Vocational-Technical High Schools Partner with Industry to Build Skills for Jobs

Focus on Training Crucial

February 10, 2014: The Republican

Training is a key component to the forward movement of the Franklin County economic machine in 2014.

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Hampshire County Sees Progress Emerge

February 10, 2014: The Republican

After years of stagnation the economy is flowing again in Hampshire County.

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Economy Brings Good and Bad News

February 10, 2014: The Republican

There was no magic in 2013, but some developments occurred that will definitely change the dynamics of our cities and towns in the future.

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Chamber Weighs Evolution of Economy

February 10, 2014: The Republican

Just as businesses and industries adapt to markets and opportunities, communities and regions must do the same.

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Western Massachusetts Unemployment: ‘People are … hiring in very small numbers’

January 28, 2014: The Republican

The problem is, while opportunities are out there, there are not enough new jobs to meet with demand and begin to bring down the region’s persistently high unemployment rate.

Download the PDF here: Western Massachusetts Unemployment

With Jobs Program, Homeless Families Find Stability

January 11, 2014: Daily Hampshire Gazette

The problem is, while opportunities are out there, there are not enough new jobs to meet with demand and begin to bring down the region’s persistently high unemployment rate.

Download the PDF here: With Jobs Program, Homeless Families Find Stability

Advanced Manufacturing Training Program Fine Tuning for 2nd Year

January 3, 2014: The Recorder 

Following a year that saw nearly $800,000 pour into Franklin County to jumpstart the area’s advanced machining industry, officials will dedicate 2014 to fine-tuning the “Middle Skills Academy” and to ensuring that companies receive the newly qualified machinists they were promised.

Download the PDF here: Advanced Manufacturing Training Program Fine Tuning for 2nd Year

Actor Finds New Role as Nursing Assistant

December 29, 2013: The Recorder 

Before leaving his home in Rio de Janeiro in 1994, Alex DeMelo worked as a stage actor for 15 years and found a home in the theater. Now, DeMelo is playing a role intimately involved in real life, as a newly minted certified nursing assistant at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility.

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“In the Arena End of the Year Awards” for 2013

December 27, 2013: The Recorder 

The Mike Bloomberg “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” Award goes to Valley Steel Stamp owner Steve Capshaw

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Workers’ Skills Aren’t Matching Available Jobs

December 15, 2013: The Boston Globe

Unemployment remains vexingly high despite a slew of job openings. The reason? Workers often lack skills the new positions demand.

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Workforce Leader Announced

December 11, 2013: Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board Press Release

The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board recognized Fitzgerald Fences, Inc.as its 2013 “Workforce Development Leader” at its 10th Annual Legislative Breakfast at Yankee Candle’s Chandlers Restaurant in South Deerfield.

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15 Graduate in First Class of Advanced Manufacturing Training Program

December 10, 2013: The Recorder 

After completing the inaugural 11-week, 220-hour Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative training program—a partnership between local manufacturing businesses, the Franklin County Technical School, Greenfield Community College and the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board—Robert Donnelly feels confident he can take on new duties at work and is even thinking of starting his own contracting business on the side.

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CNC Grad Pleased With New Program

December 7, 2013: The Recorder 

Dana Graves was beaming as he headed to his last Middle Skills Academy metal-working class. He had just been offered a full-time job as a machinistat Valley Steel Stamp Co.

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Sisson Runs a Specialized Shop Hidden in the Woods

November 11, 2013: The Recorder 

Even in Franklin County, the last thing you’d expect to find in the middle of a wooded setting on top of a mountain is a factory that churns out thousands of parts for satellite telecommunication systems or for diagnostic medical equipment.

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Year Round Jobs for Northampton Youth

November 6, 2013: Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board Press Release 

With the help of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board and Career Centers, the Mayor of Northampton, on the heels of a successful summer jobs program for youth, will once again host Northampton YouthWorks, a year round jobs program, for eligible Northampton young people, age 17-21.

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Valley Steel Stamp Wins Workforce Champion Award

October 10, 2013: Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board Press Release 

The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) is pleased to announce that a lead business partner in its current Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative, Valley Steel Stamp, Inc., located in Greenfield, received the Workforce Solution Group’s statewide Workforce Champion Award at the WSG’s annual Workforce Summit in Devens this week.

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New Machine Lab Will Help Students Compete For Jobs

September 27, 2013: WWLP

Precision manufacturing is one of the region’s fastest-growing industries, but students atFranklin County Technical School long had to learn machine skills using equipment that was in some cases more than 50 years old. Now, students are finally being given the modern tools they need to compete in this field.

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Employment Board, College, Tech School and Manufacturers Team Up for Adult Job Training

July 18, 2013: Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board Press Release 

The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) and Career Centers, along with leading manufacturing companies and partners from Greenfield Community College (GCC) and Franklin County Technical School (FCTS), are teaming up to provide a twelve-week program inprecision machining for unemployed and underemployed adults in the region.

Download the PDF here: Employment Board, College, Tech School and Manufacturers Team Up for Adult Job Training

Area Food Businesses Change Ownership Recipe

February 27, 2013: The Recorder

The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) and Career Centers, along with leading manufacturing companies and partners from Greenfield Community College (GCC) and Franklin County Technical School (FCTS), are teaming up to provide a twelve-week program inprecision machining for unemployed and underemployed adults in the region.

Download the PDF here: Area Food Businesses Change Ownership Recipe

Job Loss Leads to Life-Changing Opportunities for Northfield Resident

February 27, 2013: The Recorder

The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) and Career Centers, along with leading manufacturing companies and partners from Greenfield Community College (GCC) and Franklin County Technical School (FCTS), are teaming up to provide a twelve-week program inprecision machining for unemployed and underemployed adults in the region.

Download the PDF here: Area Food Businesses Change Ownership Recipe