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.

Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board Initiatives FY20

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Franklin Hampshire Healthcare UP (HUP)

This grant will address the needs of four targeted healthcare employers to hire and retain CNAs/HHAs by linking them with job-ready, credentialed workers prepared for entry-level work and advancement. Businesses include a leading acute care health system, two institutions in a leading regional extended care system, and a highly-specialized facility in geriatric special needs. A major goal is to develop, pilot, and refine customized long-term solutions to endemic hiring needs. Among these four targeted employers alone, over 100 jobs are expected to be available in the next two years. Training for 50 participants will consist of 100 hrs. of CNA/HHA training provided by Greenfield Community College, preceded by at least 20 hours of pre-training in the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center Job Readiness Lab.

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

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 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: schooltocareer@masshirefhwb.org, or 413-773-1835.

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. To date, nearly 40 employers and over 160 job seekers have been served through this program, with an overall placement rate of over 83%. . 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.

Pioneer Valley Regional Workforce Planning Initiative – Workforce Skills Cabinet

As led and supported by the Governor’s Workforce Skills Cabinet, the Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board has been working with the Hampden County Workforce Board and a core team of diverse partners to develop and implement 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.

Summer Teacher Externship Planning Initiative

A grant from the Executive Office of Education made it possible for the FHWB to place 3 Perkins Program teachers from Connecting Activities Partner Schools in paid summer externships with regional industry partners currently experiencing skill gaps. These teachers are gaining knowledge of contemporary practices in those industries and are developing new contextualized lessons for their classes. 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. We hope to see this grant continued in Spring 2020.

Contactschooltocareer@masshirefhwb.org, 413-773-1835.

 

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 has been highly successful, this year placing 34 students with 19 different employers. We hope to see this grant continued in Spring 2020.

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

Past 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: info@masshirefhwb.org

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: info@masshirefhwb.org

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: info@masshirefhwb.org