MassHire FHWB Key Initiatives 2018-10-23T16:53:13+00:00

MassHire FHWB Key Initiatives

Each year, we draft MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board key initiatives based on funding received from the state, grants earned from state and federal agencies, and input from our Board members and community partners. We always welcome input from all businesses in our service area, especially businesses in our priority industries. If you’d like to provide feedback, you can contact us here.

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board Key Initiatives FY19

New

Summer Teacher Externship Planning Initiative

A grant from the Executive Office of Education made it possible for the FHWB to place 4 Perkins Program teachers from Connecting Activities Partner Schools in paid summer externships with regional industry partners currently experiencing skill gaps. These teachers will gain knowledge of contemporary practices in businesses operating in those industries and develop new contextualized lessons for their classes relating to the issues faced on and by the work site. The teachers will also be able to support student career awareness about these industries and organizations and better assist students interested in respective career paths. Furthermore, teachers will share what they have learned and developed during their externship with other educators in the region and state.

Contact: School-To-Career Coordinator, Shannon Doran, schooltocareer@masshirefhwb.org, 413-774-4361 Ext. 305.

Continuing

Pioneer Valley Regional Workforce Planning Initiative – Workforce Skills Cabinet

As led and supported by the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, (Secretary Acosta, Secretary Peyser, and Secretary Ash), the Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board has been working with the Hampden County Workforce Board and a core team of diverse partners to develop a Regional Workforce Plan for the Pioneer Valley. One of 7 such initiatives statewide, the completed plan includes agreement between Education, Economic Development, and Workforce sectors on priority industries, priority occupations, and joint strategies for creating effective career pathways that serve job seekers and business.

Contact: Executive Director, Patricia Crosby, director@masshirefhwb.org, 413-773-1835 Ext. 310.

 

STEM Focused Internships for High School Students

A grant from the Executive Office of Education specifically focused on the development of employer-paid STEM internships for in-school youth in the Franklin Hampshire region.  The Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board was one of five in the state to be funded.  Services are coordinated through the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, the FHWB’s partner agency who implemented this grant in both Hampshire and Franklin counties. First funded in FY18, the project was highly successful, placing 30 students with 16 different employers. The grant has now been continued into FY19.

Contact: Executive Director, Patricia Crosby, director@masshirefhwb.org, 413-773-1835 Ext. 310.

 

Summer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, one of only 11 such awards nationwide, the SJB project supports three targeted high-need high schools (Ware, Orange & Turners Falls), preparing high-need students for college or career, and establishing a sequence of Career Development activities for all students by providing technical assistance to school staff.  A no cost extension has been granted for FY 19, and will allow the FHWB’s Youth Pathways Coordinator to continue working with schools.  The FHWB’s partner, Community Action Youth Programs will continue serving rising seniors, who will be eligible for summer jobs and intensive educational supports during the school year to ensure their successful completion of high school and transition to career or college.

Contact: SJB Youth Pathways Coordinator, Donna DuSell, ypcoordinator@masshirefhwb.org 413-774-4361 Ext. 363.

The Manufacturing Skills Initiative (MSI)

In partnership with an array of private sector manufacturing businesses, Greenfield Community College, and Franklin County Technical School, this multi-year project is providing a series of 80 and 160 hour training sessions in foundational and advanced CNC manufacturing.  The FHWB plays a key role in engagement of employer partners, and recruitment, assessment, interviews, coaching and job placement of candidates. The program has graduated over 130 CNC students to date, with an overall 84% placement rate. Current fund sources include grants from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and WIOA Training funds for eligible participants.

Contact: Special Projects & Business Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Baker, abaker@masshirefhwb.org  413-774-4361 x375.

On-Going…

School-To-Career Connecting Activities Program

Funded through a Connecting Activities/Department of Elementary and Secondary Education grant, this program bolsters the career development education of over 500 students across 16 schools and 50 communities in the region each year. FHWB and Collaborative for Educational Services staff collaborate with Partner Schools and employers to provide students with career exploration and work readiness activities, as well as opportunities to engage in work-based learning experiences.

Contact: School-To-Career Coordinator, Shannon Doran, schooltocareer@masshirefhwb.org, 413-774-4361 Ext. 305.

Past MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board Key Initiatives FY18

New

Pioneer Valley Regional Workforce Planning Initiative – Workforce Skills Cabinet

As led and supported by the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, (Secretary Acosta, Secretary Peyser, and Secretary Ash), the Franklin Hampshire REB is working with the REB of Hampden County and a core team of diverse partners to develop a Regional Workforce Plan for the Pioneer Valley. One of 7 such initiatives statewide, the completed plan will include agreement between Education, Economic Development, and Workforce sectors on priority industries, priority occupations, and joint strategies for creating effective career pathways that serve job seekers and business.

Contact: Executive Director, Patricia Crosby, director@fhreb.org, 413-773-1835 Ext. 310.

 

Continuing

Summer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, one of only 11 such awards nationwide, the SJB project supports three targeted high-need high schools (Ware, Orange & Turners Falls) to establish a sequence of Career Development activities for all students by providing technical assistance through the REB’s Youth Pathways Coordinator. Additionally, partner Community Action Youth Programs serves 160+ rising juniors and seniors who will be eligible for summer jobs and intensive educational supports during the school year to ensure their successful completion of high school and transition to career or college.

Contact: SJB Youth Pathways Coordinator, Donna DuSell, ypcoordinator@fhreb.org 413-774-4361 Ext. 363.

Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative (MSMI)

In partnership with an array of private sector manufacturing businesses, Greenfield Community College, and Franklin County Technical School, this multi-year project is providing a series of 80 and 300 hour training sessions in foundational and advanced CNC manufacturing.  The REB plays a key role in engagement of employer partners, and recruitment, assessment, interviews, coaching and job placement of candidates. The program graduated its 100th CNC student in May 2017 with an overall 84% placement rate. Fund sources include a USDOL National Emergency grant via the MA Department of Career Services, and grants from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Contact: Special Projects and Business Outreach Coordinator, Andrew Baker, abaker@fhreb.org  413-774-4361 x375.

 

On-Going

School-To-Career Connecting Activities Program

Funded through a Connecting Activities/Department of Elementary and Secondary Education grant, this program bolsters the career development education of over 500 students across 16 schools and 50 communities in the region each year. FHREB and Collaborative for Educational Services staff collaborate with Partner Schools and employers to provide students with career exploration and work readiness activities, as well as opportunities to engage in work-based learning experiences.

Contact: School-To-Career Coordinator, Shannon Doran, schooltocareer@fhreb.org, 413-774-4361 Ext. 305.

 

Mayor of Northampton’s YOUTHWORKS Program

Supported by Governor’s YouthWorks funding, this project helped Community Action Youth Programs place 16 Northampton youth, age 14-21 in  public and private sector jobs in Summer 2017, after preparing them the year before with college and career readiness. Each job placement is at least 6-8 weeks in length and governed by a Work-Based Learning Plan. Funding requires 20% in matching funds from the business community.

Contact: Executive Assistant, Barbara Carson bacarson@fhreb.org, 413-773-1835.

Additional Employer Advisory Groups…

Regional Clean Energy Workforce Partnership (RCEWP)

A continuation of the FHREB’s successful Northern Tier Energy Sector Partnership program, this group of energy industry employers, trainers, educators and workforce development professionals meets bi-annually to ensure clear and timely communication regarding industry talent and supply and educational alignment with industry needs.

Franklin Hampshire Healthcare Employer Advisory Group

In partnership with Greenfield Community College and the Tripp Memorial Training Collaborative, the FHREB convenes a group of healthcare employers at least once a year to update each other and workforce partners on pressing needs and new strategies for strengthening the healthcare workforce pipeline.

Contact: Executive Director, Patricia Crosby, director@fhreb.org, 413-773-1835 Ext. 310.

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