New Federally Funded Grant awards to the North Central and Central Mass Workforce Boards
The North Central and Central Mass Workforce Boards will receive $534,154 as part of the States 3.2 million dollar grant award from USDOL for a Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant. Our Training Partners are Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) and Mass Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP). MWCC will be offering their new Industrial Readiness and Quality Control trainings and MassMEP will be offering their CNC operator training. The grant is for two years and our goal is to train a total of 80 eligible unemployed individuals in advanced manufacturing skills to meet the local industry demand.
The North Central and Central Mass Workforce Boards also recently received $1,140,000 from a USDOL Disability Employment Initiative. These grants will provide training funds and support for eligible individuals with disabilities interested in full time employment. The North Central Workforce Board received $640,000 and will be offering training in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Hospitality and Finance for this three year project. The Central Mass Workforce Board received $500,000 for their initiative and will offer training for career pathways in Human Services, Healthcare, and Customer Service.
"The Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant will allow both regions to provide a skilled workforce for local manufacturing companies that meets local demand and The Disability Employment Initiative grants will allow us to provide enhanced services to people with disabilities under the new Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act and connect employers to this untapped talent source of qualified, skilled individuals who happen to have a disability" said Workforce Board Directors Tim Sappington and Jeff Turgeon.