For Immediate Release - October 27, 2010

Patrick-Murray Administration Highlights $167,000 Workforce Training Grant for Baystate Medical Center

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

Boston - Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein today visited Baystate Medical Center in Springfield highlighting a $167,000 workforce training grant the Patrick-Murray Administration awarded to the hospital to train and place workers and unemployed residents in Patient Care Technician (PCT) positions by using the new Acute Care Certified Nurse Assistant curriculum. Baystate Medical Center 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.

The visit follows Governor Deval Patrick's recent allocation of $1.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to this and seven other workforce training partnership programs across the Commonwealth.

"I want to congratulate the Baystate Medical Center 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 putting people back to work, we are excited to partner with the Baystate Medical Center 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 P. 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.

"The health care sector continues to be an industry to look towards for 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, the customers they will serve and local employers."

Baystate Medical Center's goal is to continue to sustain the work of the Holyoke-Workforce Development Initiative and to use their new Acute Care Certified Nurse Association curriculum to help place individuals into the healthcare field as a PCT.

"This program addresses the needs of long-term unemployed individuals and entry-level incumbent workers, while meeting the immediate needs of the healthcare industry in this region," said Nancy Snyder, President and CEO of Commonwealth Corporation.

The curriculum will be taught at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), as a three-credit course. Baystate Medical Center will work with STCC to aid in coordinating all clinical placements of students.

For more information, please go to Baystate Medical Center's website:

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.

• South Shore Community Action Council Inc. in Plymouth was awarded over $163,000 to provide permit preparation and CDL driver training courses to place individuals in Class B CDL licensed jobs in a cross-section of industries.

• 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.