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School-to-Career Connecting Activities

This program serves over 450 students across 17 schools and 50 communities each year with work readiness and career exploration activities.  In partnership with schools and employers, REB staff and community partners at the North Quabbin Community Coalition and the Collaborative for Educational Services link students with work-based learning experiences region-wide.
Contact: FHREB School To Career/Connecting Activities Coordinator, Shannon Doran, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413/774-4361 x305.

Mayor of Northampton’s YOUTHWORKS Program

Supported by Governor’s YouthWorks funding, Community Action Youth Programs helped to place 25 youth, age 14-21 in  public and private sector jobs in Summer 2016, as well as Year-Round 2015-2016, each at least 6-8 weeks in length and governed by a Work-Based Learning Plan. With funding the Project is able to place an additional 10 youth in year-round programming.  Funding requires 20% in matching funds from the business community.
Contact: Barbara Carson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-773-1835.

Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative (MSMI)

In partnership with Greenfield Community College, the Franklin County Technical School and employers, 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 recruitment, assessment, interviews, coaching and job placement of candidates, and engagement of employer partners. The current grant will serve 56 adults and place a minimum of 40 in jobs or receiving wage increases with local manufacturers by June 2017. Fund sources include a USDOL National Emergency grant via the MA Department of Career Services, and AMP IT UP funding to promote manufacturing in the region.
Contact: Andrew Baker, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  413-774-4361 x375.

Regional Clean Energy Workforce Partnership (RCEWP)

Continuation of the Northern Tier Energy Sector Partnership, collaborating with GCC’s Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency (RE/EE) programs. Convenes bi-annual partnership meetings with clean energy industry employers, trainers, educators and workforce development professionals to ensure clear and timely communication regarding industry talent and supply and educational alignment with industry needs.
The Franklin Hampshire REB has also launched a Franklin Hampshire Healthcare Employer Advisory Group in partnership with Greenfield Community College this year, and is initiating an advisory group of Hospitality/Food Service employers.
Contact: Patricia Crosby, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-773-1835 Ext. 310.

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SJB – Summer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth

A grant from the Department of Labor, one of only 11 such awards nationwide.  The project will support schools to establish a sequence of Career Development Education for 430 students. 180 rising juniors and seniors will also be eligible for summer jobs and intensive educational supports throughout the year, via our partners from Community Action Youth Programs, to finish high school and make a successful transition to career or college.
Contact: Patricia Crosby, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-773-1835 Ext. 310 and FHREB Youth Pathways Coordinator, Donna DuSell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-774-4361 Ext. 363.

AMPitup Advanced Manufacturing

The FHREB has been awarded $10,000 by MassDevelopment to promote and market advanced manufacturing in the area.  Working with Greenfield Community College and The Literacy Project, the REB will works with older young adults who are out of high school, underemployed, and do not have college degrees to raise awareness of opportunities in advanced manufacturing.  The program includes a workshop, field trips to manufacturers, advertising displays and posters for high schools and adult education programs.
Contact: Patricia Crosby, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-773-1835 Ext. 310.


LEAP – Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release

In coordination with the Hampden REB and its federal grant for helping Ex-Offenders re-enter their communities and obtain employment, the FHREB and Career Center is hosting a Career Point staffperson to provide services “behind the walls” and connect with community resources and employers.
Contact for more information and referral: Patricia Crosby, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 413-773-1835 Ext. 310.
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