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  • Promoting Success: Tips for Employers

    Post Date: 06.22.2017

    Over the past few years, Commonwealth Corporation has been studying the underlying causes of the decline in youth employment.  In 2013, we published two studies with the Center for Labor Markets & Policy at Drexel University: Signaling Success: Boosting Teen Employment Prospects and Building Blocks of Labor Market Success.  These studies looked at the skills, […]

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  • Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Key Characteristics of Successful Sector Partnerships

    Post Date: 06.15.2017

    As Nancy introduced, this is the fourth and final post in our Spring WCTF Blog Series, Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF. In today’s post, CommCorp Senior VP Rebekah Lashman will explore the characteristics of successful sector partnerships.   Over the past 10 years we’ve invested Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund and other state and federal resources in more than […]

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  • Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Program Design with the End Goal in Mind

    Post Date: 05.09.2017

    As Nancy introduced, this is the third of four posts in our Spring WCTF Blog Series, Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF. In today’s post, WCTF Program Manager Anthony Britt will explore a few often underestimated elements of successful program design.   I came to CommCorp from the public education sphere, where the most effective lessons […]

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  • Achieving Impactful Outcomes: What does it mean to be data-driven?

    Post Date: 04.27.2017

    As Nancy introduced, this is the second of four posts in our Spring WCTF Blog Series, Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF. In today’s post Theresa Rowland, Program Director, will discuss what it means to be data-driven.   What does data driven-mean? And how do programs ensure they are doing it?  To us, data-driven is […]

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  • Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF

    Post Date: 04.06.2017

    Welcome to our WCTF Blog series: Achieving Impactful Outcomes: Observations from WCTF. I’m excited to introduce you to our upcoming blog series created specifically for you: our colleagues and partners in workforce development working to support businesses and workers in Massachusetts to create a stronger economy. This is blog number 1 of 4 that will […]

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  • Demand-Driven Problem Solving Needed in Tight Labor Market

    Post Date: 01.18.2017

    The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development recently announced that the Massachusetts unemployment rate dropped to 2.8%, the lowest rate of unemployment since January 2001. An unemployment rate of 2.8% is great news for the Commonwealth and for job seekers looking for a new job or better job. However, it presents challenges to businesses […]

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  • Grant Helps LHMC Expand Role of Medical, Clinical Assistants

    Post Date: 08.11.2016

    This blog features a story on Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (LHMC), one of the 59 grant projects being funded by the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund (HCWTF). Grant funds are helping to increase the clinical and direct patient care skills of Medical and Clinic Assistants working in primary care practices. LHMC has implemented the […]

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  • Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund Connects Workers to Employers

    Post Date: 05.23.2016

    There has been a lot of buzz in the CommCorp halls about the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund: for the first time ever, it has a chance of being funded for a consecutive year. We are excited that this crucial program was included in Governor Baker’s budget because it supports a population in tremendous need and […]

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  • Employer Partnerships Are Key in YouthWorks

    Post Date: 03.18.2016

    Since its inception in 1999, YouthWorks, Commonwealth Corporation’s summer job program for teens and young adults, has relied on employer partnerships. YouthWorks requires understanding employers who are willing to help coach young adults through what is often their first job. Without them, this program would be impossible. Employers, in turn, have the opportunity to do […]

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  • Skill Building through YouthWorks

    Post Date: 01.20.2016

    In today’s economy, it is difficult for young adults to find jobs. Unless you have legitimate work experience on your résumé, few employers are willing to give you a chance. That’s why we have YouthWorks; a state-funded youth employment program for teens and young adults aged 14-21 living in low-income communities across Massachusetts. Participants learn […]

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  • Youth Accomplishments Celebrated at 3rd Annual ‘Share Your Art, Share Your Voice’ Showcase

    Post Date: 08.21.2015

    Art is often created for entertainment – to be consumed or invested in. But for the young people in the DYS Arts Initiative, art is a vehicle for healing, growth and learning. In May 2015, youth in the Department of Youth Services performed and displayed their talent in the 3rd annual showcase Share Your Art, Share Your Voice, a […]

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  • Incumbent Worker Training – Investing in People to Invest in Your Business

    Post Date: 05.21.2015

    The value of incumbent worker training is being recognized by high profile policymakers and business and labor leaders.  President Obama referenced the importance of incumbent worker training in his April 25, 2015 address on the proposed US trade deal.  Furthermore, a published report by the New England Council and Deloitte highlights the value of incumbent […]

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  • A Proven Model to Address Regional Workforce Challenges

    Post Date: 04.13.2015

    Sector partnerships bring together business, education and workforce organizations to design and deliver training and work experiences that are relevant to an industry and specific occupations.  Sector partnerships prepare and place people who are unemployed or underemployed in jobs that are in demand and/or upgrade the skills of incumbent workers. In Massachusetts, we have been […]

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  • Safe & Successful Youth Initiative Yields Positive Results

    Post Date: 12.30.2014

    An evaluation conducted by the independent American Institute of Research (AIR) of Massachusetts Safe & Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) found that over the last two years SSYI engaged cities experiences 139 fewer violent crimes on average per month compared to non-SSYI municipalities. The Safe & Successful Youth Initiative is a multi-faceted strategy for reducing youth violence […]

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  • Responding to Health Care Industry Changes

    Post Date: 12.18.2014

    Health care employers have been critical workforce development partners over the past fifteen years.  Through the ups and downs of economic cycles, the health care industry has been steadily hiring, with many good jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree. The industry is now undergoing a transformation and workforce professionals need to understand how […]

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  • Malden High School Accepts 25 Students into New YouthWorks Plus Program

    Post Date: 10.31.2014

    We had the pleasure of joining Malden High School staff, faculty, and students, Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and the Metro North Regional Employment Board to celebrate the acceptance of 25 Malden High School students into the new YouthWorks Plus program. YouthWorks Plus at Malden High School is generously supported by the Cummings Foundation. The faculty leading the program asked the students to […]

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  • Preparing Tomorrow’s Talent Today

    Post Date: 10.28.2014

    We are in the midst of a youth employment crisis.  Employment among teens in Massachusetts has dropped by nearly half since the late 1990s, from 54 percent in 1999 to just 27 percent in 2013. About half of today’s high school students have not had any job experience, leaving these young people at a significant […]

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  • $8.2 Million Awarded for Employee Training

    Post Date: 10.17.2014

    The latest round of Workforce Training Fund Program grants was announced during a visit to United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), a grant recipient. UPS will use their $200,000 grant to train 600 Massachusetts-based employees and create 50 new jobs. The grant will help UPS implement software designed to help drivers optimize delivery routes and the placement of […]

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  • Healthcare Payment & Delivery Reform Presentation Recap

    Post Date: 07.10.2014

    Payment Reform in Massachusetts: Impact & Opportunities for the Healthcare Workforce was held on July 9, 2014 at Salem State University. Jessica Larochelle from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation presented an overview of the forces driving payment and delivery system reform, payment and delivery system reform efforts in the state, and the implications […]

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  • $2 Million Awarded to 51 Healthcare Providers

    Post Date: 04.30.2014

    On April 3, 2014 Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rachel Kaprielian announced the 51 Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund Planning Grants at Lynn Community Health Center. The Planning Grants will help healthcare providers develop a training strategy to address workforce challenges caused by the rapidly evolving healthcare industry. Service Employees […]

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  • The Boston Foundation & Cummings Foundation Award $200,000 for YouthWorks Plus

    Post Date: 06.25.2013

    Commonwealth Corporation was awarded two $100,000 grants from The Boston Foundation and Cummings Foundation to support the design, development, and testing of YouthWorks Plus – an effort to transform Massachusetts’ summer jobs program for low-income youth into a multi-year sequence of work experiences that will increase long-term employment outcomes for participating youth. YouthWorks Plus builds on the public-funded summer […]

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