For Immediate Release - October 18, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Highlights a $163,000 Workforce Training Grant to South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

Patrick-Murray Administration Recently Announced $1.2 million in Federal Stimulus Awards to 8 Workforce Training Partnership Programs in Massachusetts

BOSTON - Monday, October 18, 2010 - Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein today visited the South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) in Plymouth, to highlight a $163,000 workforce training grant awarded to the SSCAC that will train and place Commercial Driver's License drivers through their South Shore Driver's Education program. This visit follows the Patrick-Murray Administration's recent announcement of a $1.2 million federal stimulus award to eight workforce training partnership programs across the Commonwealth.

The South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. is among eight programs in the state that has partnered with educational institutions to provide practical application for classroom learning, and to ensure that participants are able to master the skills they need to compete in today's workforce.

"I want to congratulate the South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. and each of the programs receiving funding for helping us do the important job of putting people back to work," said Governor Patrick. "In difficult times, we are more committed than ever to equipping people with the skills they need to re-enter the workforce, and this organization is a vital part of it."

"As we continue to invest in putting people back to work, we are excited to partner with the South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. and other organizations that will help train those seeking employment, sharpen their existing skills and develop new skills to compete for positions in a range of growing industries," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.

"We passed the Recovery Act to stop lay-offs, create jobs and put people back to work. Slowly but surely it's helping us climb out of the deep economic ditch we were in a couple of years ago. This investment means thousands more laid-off workers can get the job training and skills they need to find jobs," said Senator John Kerry.

"Working towards a commercial license is an excellent step forward towards new job opportunities," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. "The work that will be done here will have a positive and long-term impact on the program participants and local employers."

"This program will target employment of school bus drivers, motor coach/bus drivers, waste management truck drivers and courier drivers while helping to fulfill the needs of the both workers and employers," said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Corporation.

The goal of the SSCAC program is to help drivers such as passenger transportation drivers, waste management service drivers, scenic and sightseeing transportation, material moving and delivery service drivers. The South Shore Drivers Education program will establish a bridge between workforce development and employers in the transportation industry.

For more information about SSCAC, please visit, http://www.sscac.org

The following programs also received ARRA funding:

• Community Workshops Inc./d.b.a. Community Work Services in Boston was awarded over $162,000 to train and place homeless individuals and those at risk for homelessness in hospitality occupations.

• Baystate Medical Center in Springfield was awarded over $167,000 to train and place incumbent workers and unemployed community residents in Patient Care Technician positions using the new employer-developed Acute Care Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum.

• Employment Options in Marlborough was awarded over $161,000 to train individuals with previous psychological disabilities to be Certified Peer Specialists.

• Minuteman Career and Technical High School in Lexington was awarded over $141,000 to expand the Minuteman Adult Biomanufacturing Certificate Program to a daytime program that will train participants for entry level technician positions.

• Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund in Dorchester was awarded over $166,000 to train long-term unemployed carpenters in need of updated training leading to new Drywall certification to enhance their competitiveness for available jobs.

• Jewish Healthcare Center in Worcester was awarded over $166,000 to train incumbent and unemployed Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants for 16 long-term care facilities.

• St. Mary's Women and Children's Center in Dorchester was awarded over $135,000 in funding and partners with UMass-Boston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Corcoran Management Company to provide career training to disadvantaged women in the region.