At CareerWorks in Brockton the recession is being felt - and fought. And thanks to its $1.2 million in stimulus awards the career center is getting significant help in its battle to get its clients jobs.
"One of the bonuses of stimulus is that it is providing career centers with the chance to do innovative programming and meet the needs of individuals," says Sheila Sullivan Jardim, executive director of the Brockton Area Workforce Investment Board (WIB). CareerWorks is operated by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute under a charter with the Brockton Area WIB.
One of the programs CareerWorks was able to create with the stimulus funds is
The stimulus funding also enabled the center to hire three new employees to staff the workshops and classes and work one on one with clients and provide an additional $464K in individual training vouchers to job seekers looking to be trained or retrained.
"In this recession, we are seeing a lot of skilled people who are being laid off," says McLaughlin. "The psychological impact over the last year and a half has been huge. I was walking into the center one day and I saw one of our career
So does Kathy Dalton, who found herself unemployed after nearly 22 years in the workforce. She attended Mission Employment, where she re-did her resume, changed her job seeking approach, and learned how to network. Dalton recently got a job as branch manager at a leasing firm.
"We are always looking at ways to promote customer service," says McLaughlin. "It's never boring but we've been able to develop innovative programs. We appreciate the stimulus funding because we couldn't have done all this without it."