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Career Services Meeting Minutes – 5/9/18

Career Services Meeting Minutes

May 9, 2018

In attendance: Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Becca Guimond, STCC, Kermit Dunkelberg, HCC, Darlene Morse, HolyokeWorks, Maegan Pedemonti, Way Finders, Konrad Rogowski, FutureWorks, Pamela Schwartz, Network  

Legislative meeting debrief:   We reviewed the meeting the Committee convened with Senator Welch, Rep. Vega, Rep. Goldstein-Rose and the offices of Senator Hinds, Senator Lesser, and Rep. Mark.  All agreed it was a productive meeting and useful to present the ABE funding concerns (along with Secure Jobs and public transit) through a homelessness network lens.  Pamela will continue to update the group as the Senate Ways and Means budget is released on May 10 and all agreed to continue the advocacy on these issues through this budget process.

Homelessness Resource Fair planning:  The Resource Fair is taking place on Thursday, June 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Career Services will do its workshop (likely twice due to demand).  The group agreed it will adapt/update the Powerpoint presentation used last year.  Pamela will reach out to Lisa and get everyone on the same email to discuss. The planning group will include: Lisa, Bud, Konrad, Maegan, Pam W and Kermit (all career centers, Secure Jobs and HCC)

Joanne will also discuss with DTA about whether someone can attend to share information about their employment support programs.

We agreed we would revisit the hand-out to ensure all updated information is available.

Announcements and updates:

MGM/STCC English Language training for PR evacuees: Info sessions on May 9, 10 and 11. Trainings from May 15 to May 31. See more information here in English and here in Spanish.

Martin Brower Job Fair: Wed., May 16, 1 pm – 3 pm, CareerPoint, 850 High Street, Holyoke

Available Jobs: associate drivers, yard jockeys; fueler/trailer washers; warehouse associates; diesel mechanic A; class A drivers

CareerPoint Job Fair: Thursday, May 31, 10 am – 12 pm, CareerPoint, 850 High Street, Holyoke. MasterCorp is recruiting for housekeeping and houseman positions for Oak n Spruce Resort and Jiminy Peak Resort.  Master Corp is Spanish speaking friendly, seeking qualified candidates with a concentration on evacuees from Puerto Rico. Each resort will provide transportation to and from the resort for employees.  For more information or transportation needs, please contact: Frank Martinez at fmartinez@careerpointma.org  or Robert Wojcik at rwojcik1@careerpointma.org

FutureWorks Job Fair: Monday, June 4, 4 pm – 7 pm, Basketball Hall of Fame. Check the website at www.futureworksjobs.org the week before to see the list of employers attending and types of positions available.  

National Emergency Grant for Evacuees is a resource offered through each Career Center in the region which includes employment support (job development, placement, ESOL) for people from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who were evacuated due to the hurricane. 

CareerPoint offers sessions every Wed. at 1 pm – contact Frank Martinez at fmartinez@careerpointma.org with questions

FutureWorks: Contact Maria Adorno, 413-858-2856, madorno@futureworksjobs.org or Richard Berrena at 413-858-2885, rberrena@futureworksjobs.org

Franklin Hampshire Career Center: Contact Lisa Lapierre at lisalapierre@fhcareers.org, 413-774-4361 x 332.

BerkshireWorks: Contact Pamela Wojrkowski at  pwojtkowski@berkshireworks.org, 413-499-2220 x183.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to register the Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers on Thurs., June 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, by going to Registration Form.

Next meeting date:  Tuesday, June 19, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street.  We decided we will no longer meet at 3 pm!

Job Fairs; Resources for PR Evacuees

At our Career Services Committee meeting yesterday, the following job fair, resources and training information was provided and I wanted to make sure you were all aware:

MGM/STCC English Language training for PR evacuees: Info sessions on May 9, 10 and 11. Trainings from May 15 to May 31. For more information, click here for the English language flyer; and click here for the Spanish language flyer.

Martin Brower Job Fair: Wed., May 16, 1 pm – 3 pm, CareerPoint, 850 High Street, Holyoke. Available Jobs: associate drivers, yard jockeys; fueler/trailer washers; warehouse associates; diesel mechanic A; class A drivers

CareerPoint Job Fair: Thursday, May 31, 10 am – 12 pm, CareerPoint, 850 High Street, Holyoke. MasterCorp is recruiting for housekeeping and houseman positions for Oak n Spruce Resort and Jiminy Peak Resort.  Master Corp is Spanish speaking friendly, seeking qualified candidates with a concentration on evacuees from Puerto Rico. Each resort will provide transportation to and from the resort for employees.  For more information or transportation needs, please contact: Frank Martinez at fmartinez@careerpointma.org  or Robert Wojcik at rwojcik1@careerpointma.org

FutureWorks Job Fair: Monday, June 4, 4 pm – 7 pm, Basketball Hall of Fame. Check the website at www.futureworksjobs.org the week before to see the list of employers attending and types of positions available.  

National Emergency Grant for Evacuees is a resource offered through each Career Center in the region which includes employment support (job development, placement, ESOL) for people from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands who were evacuated due to the hurricane. 

CareerPoint offers sessions every Wed. at 1 pm – contact Frank Martinez at fmartinez@careerpointma.org with questions

FutureWorks: Contact Maria Adorno, 413-858-2856, madorno@futureworksjobs.org or Richard Berrena at 413-858-2885, rberrena@futureworksjobs.org

Franklin Hampshire Career Center: Contact Lisa Lapierre at lisalapierre@fhcareers.org, 413-774-4361 x 332.

BerkshireWorks: Contact Pamela Wojrkowski at  pwojtkowski@berkshireworks.org, 413-499-2220 x183.

If you haven’t already, please be sure to register the Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers on Thurs., June 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, by going to Registration Form.

Career Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 4/11/18

Career Services Committee Meeting Minutes – 4/11/18
In attendance: Luis Arzola, CHD, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Emily English, Gandara Center, Rebecca Guimond, STCC, Jeff Hayden, HCC, Anne Kandilis, Springfield Works, Joanne LaCour, DTA, Lisa Lapierre, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Madeline Martinez, Way Finders, Pamela Mendes, Western MA Employment Collaborative, Darlene Morse, Holyoke Works, Konrad Rogowski, Future Works, Pamela Schwartz, Network, Alyce Stiles, GCC, Christine Ventulett-Buckley, Western MA Employment Collaborative, Tracye Whitfield, HCC/STCC
 
Presentation by Western MA Employment Collaborative
Pamela Mendes and Christine Ventulett-Buckley, employment liaisons for the Western MA Employment Collaborative, shared information about their program and what they offer.  Formed 3 years ago in Western MA with funding from DDS and DMH (there are 6 collaboratives statewide), it provides resources for job developers in the region (e.g., career centers) and businesses, supporting employment efforts for disabled individuals. The criteria for disability is very widely defined, physical or mental illness and does not require particular documentation.
Pamela and Christine run a job developers networking meeting that meets bi-weekly.  Contact either Pamela at pmendes@riversidecc.org or Christine at cvbuckley@riversidecc.org to get connected!
Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers
Pamela provided an update on the planning for the Network’s second annual Homelessness Resource Fair for Providers that is taking place on Thursday, June 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at HCC. Last year over 200 people attended.  The Fair will offer a series of workshops on various topics, including career services (led by career centers).  Stay tuned on receiving further notice and registering for either table space or as a participant.
Language barriers to employment; lack of ESOL opportunities
The group discussed the increasing challenge of lack of ESOL – wait lists as high as several hundred – and how this shortage is adding significantly to employment barriers to non-native English speakers.  It was noted how language training is increasingly being linked to particular job skills (e.g., learning English for cooking or for health care positions).  It was agreed that the lack of language learning resources is fundamentally a funding issue and that we need to learn more about the advocacy statewide and meet with our state legislators on the issue.  Lisa will follow up with Center for New Americans to get some additional insight on statewide work.  Pamela will reach out to Senator Lesser and Representative Vega to begin to schedule a meeting with our legislative delegation.
Alyce of GCC also noted the disconnect around the under-enrollment of ESOL classes at GCC and the resulting reduction/consolidation in classes that is happening.  Will investigate that further to see how gap can be closed.
Announcements:
  • National emergency grant to assist PR evacuees has been approved for all the career centers and resources are now available to to provide training and other employment support.
  • Youth with disability program, serving youth ages 14 to 24, is available at career centers – providing career pathways and support. Contact any career center for more info.
  • Gaming school trainings are happening and scholarships are available; contact Jeff Hayden at HCC to learn more
  • Learn to Earn: Commonwealth Corp funded collaboration with GCC, HCC, career centers, hospitals – recruitment will start shortly for a pre-training program that will take place this summer for 6 weeks.  The people who complete it will be enrolled in a 9 month medical assistant program and earn national certification.  Mostly online learning with weekly classes at HCC; transportation and child care are provided.  Eligibility criteria: must be a recipient of either TAFDC, SNAP, WIC, day care voucher or Mass Health. Contact career centers for more info. This program is designed as a direct response to the “cliff effect” challenge.
Next meeting: Wed., May 9, 3 pm – 4:30 pm, HCC.

Secure Jobs Advisory Committee Update

On the heels of the Secure Jobs Advisory Committee’s very successful Career Services Workshop on 11/15/17, with over 70 people in attendance, the group decided it was time to take stock of how to build on that success and make best use of the Committee.
At our last meeting on December 13 (attending: Luis Arzola, CHD, Ashley Brehm, Way Finders, Bud Delphin, CareerPoint, Lisa Lapierre, Franklin Hampshire Career Center, Maegan Pedemonti, Way Finders), the group, also in consultation with Konrad Rogowska of FutureWorks and  Pamela Wojtkowski of BerkshireWorks, made some important decisions around the Secure Jobs Advisory Committee.
In summary, the group is changing its name to the Career Services Committee and has decided to take a broader scope in its mission beyond the Secure Jobs Initiative, which due to reduced state funding over recent years (and Way Finders’ innovative in-house ways to continue to employ people far in excess of its state contract goals), now needs to refine its purpose and mission.
Towards that end, the Network in conjunction with core committee members – each career center and Secure Jobs – will convene a focus group-style meeting with specific stakeholders to brainstorm how to best serve the region in our shared goal to increase employment for those at risk of or experiencing homelessness. This meeting will include representatives from: community colleges, literacy centers, community action agencies, family resource centers, housing and shelter providers. If you are among those listed, please stay tuned for a meeting date in late January.
We look forward to being back in touch in February with our clarified focus and next meeting date for the entire committee.