NAMC Advanced Manufacturing Training Program
Participants for the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) Training Program began foundation classes at Middlesex Community College on August 31, 2015. NAMC is a partnership of businesses, workforce investment boards, career centers, community colleges and technical high schools from the Greater Lowell, Greater Lawrence, Metro North and North Shore areas. This is the fourth session that this training has been offered and second round in Lowell.
A total of 24 participants were enrolled from the Greater Lowell, Merrimack Valley and Metro-North workforce development areas. Participants will receive 540 total hours of training over 25 weeks, which is broken up into two portions: Foundation Skills at Middlesex Community College followed by Basic Machining at Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High Schools. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a Certification of Basic Machining and job placement assistance services at the Career Center of Lowell.
MA Apprenticeship Initiative
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development was awarded a $2.9 million federal grant to expand apprenticeship opportunities in high-growth industries in Massachusetts. The American Apprenticeship Grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, will enable the state to help 300 residents gain apprenticeship training in industries with a growing demand for new employee including healthcare, technology and advanced manufacturing.
The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium, of which GLWDB is a partner, will provide training and apprenticeship placement to more than 70 participants from Northeast Massachusetts. The initiative will also include 15 Manufacturing companies from the region.
Full Service Community School
With a federal investment of $2.4 million over five years, matched by more than $650,000 in local resources, the Lowell Public Schools will work with the Career Center of Lowell, Christ Jubilee Church, Community Teamwork, Inc., Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board, Abisi Adult Education Center, Lowell Community Health Center, Lower Highlands Neighborhood Association, Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Middlesex Community College, Mill City Grows, New England Eye, and Project LEARN to transform the Lowell High School Career Academy (LHSCA) into a Full Service Community School. This large partnership will provide co-located wrap-around services on-site to meet the identified needs of students, parents, families, and neighbors to improve the blighted area.
The GLWDB and the Career Center of Lowell will play a small but very impactful role to the school. GLWDB Connecting Activities will be on-site 8 hours per month to provide work readiness and job placement assistance services, available to all the students attending the school and living in the neighborhood. The Career Center of Lowell will provide on-site informational sessions for parents and neighborhood residents on the services offered at the Career Center of Lowell.
Disability Employment Initiative
The GLWDB was part of a successful state application to the US Department of Labor to provide employment services to youth with disabilities. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development was awarded $2.5 million and the GLWDB will receive $650 thousand of the that amount. The Hampden County Regional Employment Board was also part of this application.
Grantees of this year’s awards will use the funds to:
- Improve employment outcomes and increase the number of individuals with disabilities who earn credentials
- Provide more and diversified job-driven training opportunities
- Facilitate academic and employment transition among youth
- Incorporate flexible approaches to designing and providing training and supportive services, including customized employment strategies to help jobseekers with significant disabilities
- Build effective community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems and the effective blending and braiding of resources
- Promote more active engagement with the business sector
This is the seventh round of DEI funding. Since 2010, the department has awarded grants of more than $123 million through the initiative to 49 projects in 28 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities.