There are many opportunities to work in the healthcare industry in Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin region. Our goal is to help facilitate connections in the healthcare field between job seekers, training opportunities, and potential employers. Looking to the future, we hope to increase awareness of and registration in training programs as well as provide more tailored support for job seekers in this industry.

Key Education & Training Providers

  • Greenfield Community College

  • Holyoke Community College

  • Springfield Technical Community College


  • Smith Vocational

  • Franklin County Technical

  • Elms College

Key Businesses

  • Cooley Dickinson Hospital

  • Baystate Franklin Medical Center

  • Baystate Mary Lane Hospital

  • Athol /Heywood Hospital

  • Valley Medical

  • Community Health Centers

  • Linda Manor

  • The Arbors

  • Farren Care

  • Christopher Heights

Key Adjunct Partners

  • Tripp Community Care Collaborative

  • DTA CIES ( Department of Transitional Assistance Comprehensive Integrated Employment Services) Program at MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center

  • Regional Healthcare Workforce Partnership

  • School-to-Career Pathways Programming

Skills/Credentials Needed

  • Personal Care Homemaker/Attendant

  • HHA/CNA: Basic and Enhanced

  • LPN

  • Certificate and AD Health Techs including Med. Assist,, Med. Office, Coding, Rad Tech and Other

Particular Skill Gaps

  • Bridge from CNA, to LPN or RN

  • Health Tech Training Opportunities

  • Medical Asst/Recep/Coders/Billing

  • RN Nursing Faculty

  • Community Health Workers

Current and Past Accomplishments

MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board has supported the following strategies and programs to help improve the healthcare industry sector in our region:

  • Developed training for incumbents at Center for Extended Care at Amherst & Farren; career ladders for CNA plus at Sunbridge and Hampshire Care. Personal Care options have now been added to both programs.

  • Established on-going CNA/HHA training, Employer Home Care Partnership, and Eldercare Consortium with Greenfield Community College, including CNA/HHA training in Hampshire County at the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center

  • Created a “Healthcare Bridge” between ESOL/ABE programs and healthcare training programs

  • Provide support for incumbents in non-healthcare jobs (dietary, office, facilities) to access healthcare training

  • Postsecondary programs in Medical Office Administration and now Medical Assisting

  • Joint Career Center/College Info sessions & Career Fairs through USDOL -GPSTEM

  • For Credit CNA option ; Addiction Studies; community college partnerships in PTA and RadTech

  • RN to BSN at Greenfield Community College & Elms College

Potential Strategies

We’re also always thinking of ways we can improve the Healthcare sector and in the future we hope to help provide:

  • Renewed support for working CNAs to access LPN and other education/training

  • Increased access to Community Health Care Worker Programming

  • Increased enrollment of MassHire FHCC customers in healthcare programs beyond CNA/HHA

  • Reinstatement of FHWB/FHCC Healthcare Career Coach

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