GOVERNOR PATRICK VISTS QUINCY CAREER CENTER TO CELEBRATE RESIDENTS ACROSS THE STATE GETTING BACK TO WORK
Commonwealth’s 33 Career Centers Have Served 1.6 million job seekers
QUINCY- Tuesday, July 29, 2014 -- Governor Deval Patrick today toured the Quincy Career Center to promote the range of programs and services offered by the Commonwealth’s 33 one-stop career centers to job seekers across the state. Since Governor Patrick took office, nearly half of the 1.6 million job seekers served by these 33 centers across the state have found gainful employment.
“Massachusetts’ competitive edge lies in our highly-skilled workforce and our willingness to work together to connect workers with employment opportunities,” said Governor Patrick. “The Quincy Career Center, alongside centers from across the state, is an example of how we are choosing to invest in every one of our residents, for today and the future.”
Career centers deliver to job seekers the grants and programs put together by the Commonwealth’s workforce development system. The Patrick Administration’s strategy for creating jobs through targeted investments in education, innovation and infrastructure has paid off and resulted in the creation of more than 100,000 jobs, leading to the highest level of employment in Massachusetts in nearly 25 years. In June, the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent, the lowest rate since 2008.
“Our career center programing really reflects the changes that today’s job seekers face when they look for 21st century jobs,” said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian. “Our free seminars, workshops, personal counseling, job fairs and other services help job seekers translate their job skills into new career paths, leverage technology and social media to make personal connections to employers and overcome barriers that can lead to long-term unemployment.”
During the tour of the Quincy Career Center, Governor Patrick sat in on one of the seminars that connect the newly unemployed to services available for job seekers. Quincy is one of the many career centers that offers specialized services for veterans and job seekers with disabilities. The Quincy Career Center also serves a large Asian population by providing specialized translation services. Last year, more than 4,600 of the Center’s job seekers found employment.
“Career center staff is trained to provide professional career counseling, but more importantly our service representatives know how to deal compassionately with someone who has just lost their job,” said Alice Sweeney, Director of Career Center Services. “It can be the most devastating time in a person’s working life and the first thing we need to do is help build up their confidence in their skills and experience.”
Among the resources provided by the Patrick Administration and made available to businesses and employers are workforce training grants. These grants enable large and small businesses to retrain their workers and create new jobs. Under Governor Patrick, more than $89.1 million in general workforce training fund grants went to 1,149 projects and 1,217 businesses throughout the Commonwealth.
“One of the reasons our career centers can be so helpful to job seekers is because of the connections we make to local businesses in understanding their labor needs and matching them to people looking for work,” said Don Uvanitte, Chairman of the South Shore Workforce Investment Board, which partners with the Commonwealth in running career centers on the South Shore. “We not only help businesses recruit and hire employees, but we also guide them to state resources that will help their businesses prosper.”