For Immediate Release - May 18, 2011

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES OVER $1.3 MILLION IN TRANSITIONAL EMPLOYMENT GRANTS

Grants will fund subsidized employment training for at-risk young adults and the chronically unemployed

BOSTON - Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced seven Transitional Employment Grants, totaling over $1.3 million to help at-risk youth and chronically unemployed adults obtain skills training through innovative programs designed to help them obtain full-time employment. The Transitional Employment grants will fund subsidized employment and intensive support through seven skills training organizations across the Commonwealth.

"The organizations awarded today represent a critical component of our efforts to help people find meaningful work in communities across the Commonwealth," said Governor Deval Patrick. "This funding is an excellent example of how we are engaging in creative partnerships to successfully train and employ residents who have struggled with unemployment for too long."

"We need to continue to forge relationships within our communities that will help link job seekers of all ages and all incomes to job training and opportunities," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Programs like this will not only reach a wide range of potential employees, but will also help businesses by offering job-seekers practical training and workforce skills to gain employment."

Transitional Employment is designed to offer occupational skills training, education, and work readiness programs aimed at bolstering the skills of participants. Employer input and participation is critical for establishing the program design and implementation. Subsidized employment is offered to give participants an opportunity to "practice" their newly acquired and emerging skills in a real work environment. The ultimate goal, however, for transitional employment programs is to ensure that participants transition into unsubsidized employment and are given additional supports and wrap-around services for job retention.

"These Transitional Employment Grants further demonstrate the Patrick-Murray Administration's commitment to job creation and investing in the Commonwealth's at-risk youth by giving them a chance at a brighter future," said Joanne F. Goldstein, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development.

Today's awards are funded through the Workforce Investment Act and administered by the Commonwealth Corporation.

The following organizations were awarded transitional employment grants:
  • Community Work Services (CWS), Boston ($196,668) - CWS will provide At Your Service, an intensive hospitality industry training program for unemployed adults with barriers to employment.
  • Community Servings, Inc., Boston/Jamaica Plain ($200,000) - The Community Servings Teaching Kitchen food-service job training program will train chronically unemployed adults to gain both job and life skills as well as food service training in an experimental learning environment. This will in turn increase Community Servings' capacity to serve more meals to the community's poor and critically ill.
  • United Teen Equality Center (UTEC), Lowell ($200,000) - United Teen Equality Center will operate a subsidized employment model for youth that is based in their three sectors: food service, maintenance and media arts, and technology. Successful completion of the program includes GED attainment.
  • Job Training and Employment Corporation (JTEC), Hyannis ($177,099) - This Certified Nurse's Aide training program will integrate education, training, work readiness skills and subsidized employment to support youths aged 17 - 24 to obtain employment as CNA's and Home Health aides.
  • COMPASS for Kids, Lawrence ($177,596) - The COMPASS Community College Collaborative program will provide enhanced workforce development training, job placement, retention services, long-term career coaching. It also includes access to higher education services for the chronically unemployed, particularly homeless mothers, in various occupations.
  • ROCA, Springfield, ($199,562) - The ROCA Springfield Employment Program is designed to train high risk youth, particularly men ages 17-24, who have a felony charge and are without a GED or diploma to work in the maintenance or building services industry.
  • Worcester Youth Center, Worcester ($198,576) - The Worcester Youth Center Cooking Up A Career training program will prepare young adults aged 17-24 for the food preparation industry within the Hospitality Industry.

Today's announcement builds on the Patrick-Murray Administration's efforts to provide at-risk youth with a better opportunity for a brighter future, and reduce youth violence across the Commonwealth. Last week, Governor Patrick announced the Massachusetts Safe and Successful Youth Initiative, a multi-faceted strategy for eliminating youth violence in the Commonwealth, and $6 million in total funding to support an estimated 3,000 summer jobs for at-risk youth in communities across the state.

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