Category Archives: Training


Cliff Effects Conference – November 28

Save the date from the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition:

We are pleased to announce our event on Cliff Effects: Progress and Possibilities to be held on November 28th at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester from 9:30 – 3:30.

Learn about the latest initiatives and policy efforts to address cliff effects, and engage in peer learning to develop solutions.

Stay tuned for more details and registration information coming soon!

Basic Mediation Training – 6/8-6/23

From Community Action of Pioneer Valley (click here for the flyer)

June 8-23, 2018:  Basic Mediation Training

Offered by The Mediation & Training Collaborative, a program of Community Action Pioneer Valley, in collaboration with Holyoke Community College

  • 40 hour training for anyone interested in learning simple steps for dealing with fights or disagreements effectively, and gaining skills and confidence in handling, and helping others manage, challenging situations.
  • Interactive training includes practice with basic mediation steps and skills, experienced coach and trainer feedback with role-plays, and lively discussion sessions.
  • Court- and bar-approved mediation program. MA TAFL CLEs (or VT CLEs) generally available.
  • Five full-day sessions (June 8, 9, 15, 16 and 23, 2018, 8:30 to 5:30 each day). Held in Holyoke, MA (details with registration).
  • $840 fee. Flexible payment arrangements and general scholarship support may be available, and we have special scholarship support for a few bilingual (Spanish/English) individuals interested in contributing to a pilot Training Development project. Please inquire for details.
  • For more details, contact TMTC (413-475-1505,, or see our website:

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  or Robert Wojcik at

FutureWorks Job Fair: Monday, June 4, 4 pm – 7 pm, Basketball Hall of Fame. Check the website at 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 with questions

FutureWorks: Contact Maria Adorno, 413-858-2856, or Richard Berrena at 413-858-2885,

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

BerkshireWorks: Contact Pamela Wojrkowski at, 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.

Save the Date (June 14!) and Survey on Resource Fair to End Homelessness

The Second Annual Resource Fair will take place on Thursday, June 14, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Holyoke Community College, the Kittredge Center, Room 301-303.  This Fair is designed for providers to learn about available resources and support services across every sub-population to help prevent and end homelessness among the people they serve.  As planning gets underway, the Resource Fair Planning Group seeks your input to help make this Fair as useful as possible to you.

Thank you for completing the survey by Friday, March 9 if possible.

You can find the survey here.

Thanks again!


Webinar: Human Services to Address Housing Instability – March 7, 3-3:30 pm

The Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse will hold a webinar:

Beyond Housing Policy: Human Service Policies to Address Housing Instability
Wednesday, March 7, 2 pm – 3:30 pm.

This webinar will focus on how social services, specifically the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), child support, and ex-offender reentry programs can potentially reduce housing instability among low-income and vulnerable populations.

Click here to register!


Spring Trainings on How Work can Impact Public Benefits

Please see below from UMassMedical and Work Without Limits:

The Nuts & Bolts of SSI & SSDI, Public Health Insurance & Other Public Benefits

Training Description:
This training focuses on how earnings from work affects SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare and other public benefits such as subsidized housing and food stamps. This training also includes an extensive review of the work incentives associated with each benefit and how they can be leveraged to assist individuals with disabilities to transition into employment or increase earnings without jeopardizing benefits.

This training has been approved for 10.5 Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) CE hours!

Target Audience:
Employment providers; case managers and rehabilitation counselors. Participants should attend both days to gain a firm understanding.

Date & Location:

  • 03/06/18 – 03/07/18; Shrewsbury, MA
  • 04/03/18 – 04/04/18; Hyannis, MA
  • 04/18/18 – 04/19/18; Pittsfield, MA
  • 05/09/18 – 05/10/18; Dedham, MA

Training Times:
Day 1 – 08:30AM – 04:00PM
Day 2 – 08:30AM – 12:30PM

Registration Information:
Class size is limited to 30 participants. Cost per person is $250.
Breakfast will be provided. Attendees are responsible for lunch.

 If you have questions, contact Brian Forsythe at (508) 856-2513