workforce development

New York News
6:10 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

NY Representatives Praise Bipartisan Workforce Training Bill

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New York Congressional representatives are praising efforts in the House to pass a bill focused on strengthening local workforce training programs. The bill that would allow federal dollars to enhance existing programs passed with wide bi-partisan support. 

In a 415-6 vote, Congress recently passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

A version in the Senate was also approved 95-3, and the bill is headed to the president’s desk.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

$1 Million Donation Supports New Health Education Center

The new Center for Health Education at Holyoke Community College will be located in this former commercial photography studio on Jarvis Ave. in Holyoke
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A western Massachusetts community college has announced a major contribution from a former professor to help launch a state of the art health education center.  The new facility will help meet the demand for skilled workers in the region’s growing health care industry.

Holyoke Community College at a meeting of the school’s board of trustees Tuesday morning announced a $1 million contribution to a $5.3 million campaign to equip a new center for health education.  College president William Messner said the center will open in the fall of 2015.

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New York News
1:29 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Public-Private Partnerships Aim To Prepare Students For High-Skill Jobs

A recently announced New York state grant program aims to form 16 public-private partnerships to prepare students for high-skill jobs. 

Leading companies across New York in areas of manufacturing, clean technologies, healthcare, and other sectors are teaming up with high schools and community colleges in an effort to train students for the high-skill jobs in their area.

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New England News
6:40 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Delegation From Singapore Visits Berkshire Farm Center

Members of Singapore's Ministry of Social and Family Development touring the Berkshire Farm Center in Canaan, NY.
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A delegation of people traveled a long way to see how a regional workforce development program is operating.

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New England News
12:31 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Report: Closing Skills Gap is Key to Economic Growth in Mass.

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A recently released report in Massachusetts analyzed and made recommendations on how to address the growing skills gap in education and workforce.

The report is titled Closing the Massachusetts Skills Gap: Recommendations and Action Steps, and is published by the Commonwealth Corporation, a quasi-public organization within the state’s Executive Office of Labor of Workforce Development.

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New England News
6:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Patrick-Murray Admin. Announces Millions in Job Training Grants for Mass.

A series of state-funded grants recently announced by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick aims to create hundreds of jobs and train thousands of workers in the Commonwealth. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Announced by the Patrick-Murray Administration, the wave of grants through the Workforce Training Fund aims to boost the Massachusetts economy by providing job training to over 6,300 workers, and producing an estimated 682 jobs. The $6.8 million is being divided among 87 companies in a variety of fields across the Commonwealth.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Job Training Programs To Be Impacted By Federal Cuts

With just a few days to go until the election, western Massachusetts participated in a national campaign Wednesday to warn about federal spending cuts to job training programs. Employment specialists and labor leaders held a news conference at an employment office in Springfield. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
6:30 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Federal Grant To Help Low Income Nursing Students

     A small college in Springfield Massachusetts has been awarded a federal grant for its nursing school.  It will help respond to a  national call for a more  highly educated and ethnically diverse workforce in nursing.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

New Job Training Program For Precision Manufacturing Announced

A jobs training program aimed at the so-called “skills gap” is being launched in western Massachusetts.  It’s a new effort to help the unemployed acquire the skills needed to land a job in the growing field of precision manufacturing.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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