Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.4 Million in Workforce Training Grants (Sept, 2016)
The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $2.4 million in workforce training fund grants to 25 companies to train current or newly hired workers. This round of grant funding will help train 2,162 workers, and is expected to create 263 new jobs. The Workforce Training Fund is a key resource to thousands of Massachusetts workers who wish to advance their skills to achieve promotional opportunities and higher wages. For more information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/lwd/press-releases/state-awards-2-4m-in-workforce-training-grants.html.
Metro North Regional Employment Board Receives $400,000 Grant to Strengthen Retail Industry Career Services in the Metro North Region (Funding is part of a $10.9 million grant awarded to The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership from the Walmart Foundation)
Cambridge, MA, Sept. 7, 2016 – Today, the Walmart Foundation announced that the Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) has been selected to receive a $400,000 grant from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) as part of an effort to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in the 20 cities and towns that comprise the Metro North Region, and around the U.S. [Click to download full PDF]
Join Us! REB Seeks Office Manager/Executive Assistant (August, 2016)
The Metro North REB is currently seeking to fill the position of Office Manager/Executive Assistant. Please click here for the full description and information on how to apply.
Commonwealth Corporation Launches Working on Wellness (WOW) Program for MA Employers
The WOW program is a statewide worksite wellness program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The program is offering up to $10,000 in seed funding and training to help Massachusetts employers build a fun and effective wellness program unique to each individual workplace. Worksite wellness programs can lower healthcare spending and lead to healthier, happier and more productive employees. Working on Wellness is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, developed and managed in partnership with Health Resources in Action and Advancing Wellness. Funding is provided by the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund as established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. For more information and to apply, please visit the Working on Wellness website.
Metro North STEM Network and Boston PIC Receive STEM Education Award (August, 2016)
The Metro North REB is pleased to announce that in partnership with Boston Private Industry Council, the Metro North STEM Network has received a grant from the Commonwealth to promote and coordinate STEM activities among education, community, and industry leaders both in Boston and in the Metro North communities of Revere, Everett, Chelsea, and Lynn. Please click here to learn more.
Public Notice of Upcoming Request for Proposals for One-Stop Career Center Operator(s) (Posted July 18, 2016)
The Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) gives official notice of its intent to procure a One-Stop Career Center operator(s) starting Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). Approximately $4.3 million will be available for One-Stop Career Center operator(s) for Fiscal Year 2018 and the charter will be for multiple years. In FY17 core funding for Adult, Dislocated Workers, Youth, and State funded Employment Services is approximately $2.7 million. These funds are supplemented by other state, federal, and private grants at about $1.6 million in FY17. These amounts are guides and may vary in FY18.
The REB will be issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) for organizations that provide innovative workforce development services for businesses and job seekers. The REB is seeking proposals from interested parties to provide services to unemployed and underemployed adults, dislocated workers, and youth living in the following cities and towns: Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn. The purpose of this solicitation is to select One-Stop Career Center operator(s) for the Metro North region to provide career and training services including funds from the U.S. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other funds. There can be multiple operators.
The REB seeks innovative service delivery proposals that meet the specifications that will be outlined in the RFP characterized by excellent customer service to individuals and businesses, collaboration, accountability, continuous improvement and demonstrated outcomes.
Any governmental, not-for-profit, educational institution or for-profit entity properly operating in accordance with Federal, State, and local law may submit a proposal for consideration. Minority-owned and women-owned businesses/organizations are encouraged to apply. We expect the Request for Proposals will be available by Tuesday, October 4, 2016 and posted on the Metro North REB website (www.mnreb.org). Proposals will be due by Wednesday, December 21, 2016.
In conjunction with the release of this RFP, a Bidders’ Conference is tentatively to be held at the Metro North REB, 186 Alewife Brook Parkway, Suite 216, Cambridge, MA 02138 on October 18, 2016, 2pm – 4pm. Check the Metro North REB website for confirmation and updates. A detailed timeline and specifications will be included in the RFP. For more information on the U.S. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act please visit www.doleta.gov/wioa.
Advanced Manufacturing Networking Event Sparks Conversation, Connections
The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) and Middlesex Community College (MCC) recently joined forces to host a unique networking event focused on the advanced manufacturing industry in northeastern Massachusetts. Held on May 17, 2016 at the MCC Campus Center, the event brought together over 115 individuals who are interested in exploring job opportunities and careers, with employers from various sectors within the advanced manufacturing industry. The employers represented a wide range of industry leaders, including: ABIOMED, Boston Centerless, Essco Calibration Laboratory, General Electric, Laser Services, Microline Surgical, Sekisui Voltek, Paradigm Precision, Smyth Companies, LLC Dow Division, Xperttech, and WestRock. To help ensure a successful session for all, the event was preceded by an Industry Briefing conducted with three manufacturing employees highlighting their backgrounds and their manufacturing career success stories. Additionally, the panel included representatives from six advanced manufacturing companies, who shared their individual perspectives on the industry, opportunities, and keys for success. The event then transitioned to a “speed-networking” format, as employers rotated from one table of job seekers/career explorers to the next, at timed intervals. According to employer and participant feedback, the conversations were highly informative and engaging, and many participants exchanged business cards and resumes for follow up discussion. For more information about NAMC, and to learn about upcoming NAMC events, please visit: www.namcnetwork.com.
Sunny Schwartz Named New REB Executive Director (May, 2016)
The REB Executive Committee is delighted to announce that following a comprehensive search, Sunny Schwartz has been selected to serve as the REB’s new Executive Director. Sunny will succeed Linda Bass, who has recently retired after 27+ years of dedicated service with the REB.
Sunny's extensive experience in workforce development includes establishing and cultivating strong employer partnerships, serving key roles in the areas of non-profit management and leadership, and developing programs in adult basic education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and workforce training. She has also partnered with various officials to increase funding and support of such initiatives. Sunny has worked for the state’s quasi-public workforce development agency, Commonwealth Corporation, and for the past eleven years has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Asian American Civic Association in Boston. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Working with the Board, staff and partners, Sunny’s skills and commitment will support the REB in its next phase under the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. On her new role, she comments, “I am thrilled to join the team of the Metro North REB and to work with the talented staff and Board to reduce unemployment and poverty in the region while addressing businesses critical workforce needs.”
Board Elects New Chair, Vice Chair (May, 2016)
The REB is pleased to announce that REB members Sandra Smith of Microsoft, and Lisa Amaya Price of Biogen Idec, have been elected to the positions of REB Chair, and Vice Chair, respectively.
Sandra Smith, REB Chair, is the Site Human Resources Leader for Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center, affectionately known as the NERD. Sandra has 20+ years of HR/talent experience in life sciences and high tech industries, working for both start-up and multinational companies. She is passionate about developing people, teams and organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard College and is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School Greater Boston Executive Program. She founded the Kendall Square High Tech HR Forum and serves on the Women@NERD Board. Sandra is a mom of three and who loves to garden, refurbish things, and needs “bubble tea” on a hard day. From Sandra: “I am excited and honored to serve as the Chair with Sunny, Lisa, the MNREB, staff members, and our many partners to develop and support win-win approaches that will serve both those who are un/underemployed in our region, and the local economy.”
Lisa Amaya Price, REB Vice Chair, is Senior Director, Human Resources Business Leader at Biogen, where since 2012 she has led HR for the company’s medical affairs function, made up of over 500 employees in 29 countries. Lisa is incredibly inspired by working at the intersection of business and inclusion, and grateful for the many opportunities she has had to do this kind of work at Biogen. Prior to her current role, she held the position of director of global talent acquisition programs. In prior roles at Biogen, she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic talent acquisition programs including university relations, onboarding, contingent workforce management, employer marketing strategy, global mobility and talent acquisition operations. In 2011, Lisa cofounded Biogen’s Women’s Innovation Network and launched the company’s first Diversity & Inclusion function. Lisa joined Biogen in 2008 as the lead global HR Business Partner for Information Technology, Supply Chain, Engineering, and Technical Development. Prior to Biogen, Lisa held HR leadership roles with global companies in the media & communications and high technology industries, including positions with Weber Shandwick, Metro International, and Keane, Inc. In addition to her HR career, Lisa spent several years teaching English and playing music around the world. She received her MBA, summa cum laude, in global management from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College in 2005, and also holds an MA in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She received her BA in Music, summa cum laude, from Bard College.
Welcome Returning REB Member, Antonio de la Serna! (March, 2016)
The REB is very pleased to announce that Antonio de La Serna, who previously served as Vice Chair of the Metro North REB, has recently returned as a member of the Board. Antonio is a research and development engineer at DRAPER. He holds an MSEE from the University of California, Davis and is a California Predoctoral Fellow and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. Antonio has worked for several high-tech companies in the semiconductor market in both the U.S. and Canada, and he founded Simile, a consulting and research company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Antonio has published a dozen technical papers in digital signal processing and has developed inventions in bioinformatics, hardware security, compiler design, and reconfigurable computing. In 2011, Antonio was nominated for the 2011 Musoff Mentor Award and for the Task Leader of the Year at DRAPER.
Antonio serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems and is the Co-Chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2017, to be held in Boston and co-hosted by Tufts University and DRAPER. After founding two professional chapters and four student chapters of MAES: Latinos in Science & Engineering, Antonio served as the Region 4 Vice President on the MAES National Board of Directors in 2012. Antonio is a recipient of the prestigious MAES Medalla de Oro. Antonio was also a lead founder of the Massachusetts Council of STEM Professional Societies and has served as a Massachusetts delegate to the College and Career Readiness Workshop of the Next Generation Science Standards.
Antonio has participated in the Hispanic Advisory Committee of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Boston, he has been a member of the Industry Advisory Council for Minority Education at MIT, and he currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Center for STEM Diversity at Tufts University. Antonio previously served on the Industry Advisory Board of Beyond Benign, a green chemistry education nonprofit. Antonio is a past vice president of the Boston chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a past vice president of Engineers Week - New England, and has been a 27-year member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Beyond his distinguished engineering career, Antonio has also completed 17 marathons and several triathlons in the U.S. and Canada.
EOHED Awards Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium $220k (December 8, 2015)
The Metro North REB is pleased to announce that on December 3, 2015, the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), in which the Metro North REB is a member, was awarded a $220k grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The Metro North REB will be the lead on this grant, which will be used to support the advanced manufacturing industry through increasing the pipeline of job seekers to emtering the Advanced Manufacturing industry. Part of a $1.5M program that has been awarded to ten workforce development teams from across Massachusetts, the grants will focus on specific demographic groups that experience higher than average unemployment rates, as well as those who are traditionally underrepresented in the manufacturing industry. During the awards ceremony, Governor Baker remarked, “The Commonwealth continues to be a national leader in advanced manufacturing, and the sector is an important component of the state’s overall economic health…these grants will create additional opportunities for training and growth, and will help connect residents to good-paying jobs, while meeting the increasing demand for a skilled manufacturing workforce.”
Advanced Manufacturing Regional Meeting and Networking Event Drew Over 150 Industry Leaders and Job Seekers
The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), of which the Metro North REB is a member, recently joined forces with the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) to host a unique meeting and networking event focused on advanced manufacturing. This two-part event, held in Lowell, MA on October 26, 2015, convened over 100 leaders from throughout Northeastern Massachusetts to discuss strategies for creating a sustained and thriving manufacturing industry in Massachusetts, followed by a networking session in which over 60 job seekers attended. Pictured at left, NAMC Partners Mary Sarris, Gail Brown, Linda Bass and Rafael Abislaiman (l-r).
Kevin Murphy, manager of the City of Lowell, welcomed participants to the meeting portion of the event, followed by comments from Jacqueline Maloney, Chancellor of UMass Lowell, and Steven Tamasi of Boston Centerless and NAMC. Ronald L. Walker III, Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and workforce Development, gave the keynote address. Three separate panel discussions explored the following subjects: The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium and its role in filling the workforce pipeline with skilled workers; Massachusetts Innovation Grants, a state initiative to help assist manufacturers working on product and process innovation; and practical information for employers regarding the Workforce Training Fund.
Following the Regional Meeting, employers and job seekers met in a structured and timed group format. Employers had the opportunity to discuss their companies and workforce needs; job seekers were invited to discuss their skills, ask questions, and distribute resumes. The event was part of a broader effort to promote sustained collaborations between industry, academia, and workforce development to provide sustained support to the manufacturing industry in northeastern Massachusetts. [Pictured at left, NAMC Consortium Manager Robin Dion (l) and Brian Norris].
ABOUT NAMC and AMC
The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) is a collaboration among industry, academia, and workforce development that was established to define and implement a strategy to meet the needs of the advanced manufacturing industry within the Northeast region of Massachusetts. The Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC), established by the Patrick Administration, is a group comprised of leaders from industry, academia and government – to help inform, implement, and evaluate state policies to support the competitiveness of Massachusetts manufacturers.
Welcome New REB Member Valerie Sutton!
Valerie Sutton, Director of Career Services, Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a thought leader in career theory and student services in university settings. An experienced career coach within the MBA and education sectors, she has an expertise in applying research to practice, by utilizing technology to help create a "career consciousness" with her clients. As a Director of the Career Services Office, she has oversight of services that reach over 900 students annually at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Valerie's prior experience includes the Fox School of Business at Temple University, the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Valerie is qualified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CareerLeader assessment, and has knowledge of the Strengthsfinder assessment.
Her interest is in training and development of individuals and teams in managing their career progression and understanding market demands, as it relates to recruitment and retention of employees. Through the use of career theory and coaching techniques, her goal is to teach individuals to take the initiative and lead the success of their own career. Welcome Valerie!
New! Metro North STEM Network Brochure
The Metro North STEM Network is a strategic alliance between education,
business, workforce development, and the community to promote a
skilled and sustainable STEM Workforce in the region. It is one of nine
STEM Networks across the state that have been charged with promoting
STEM careers, and coordinating the regional STEM activities in
congruence with the MA STEM Plan 2.0, an initiative of the Governor’s
STEM Avisory Council. For more information, download the brochure.
New! Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Brochure!
The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortum (NAMC) is a collaboration among industry, academia, and workforce development that was established to define and implement strategies to meet the needs of the advanced manufacturing industry within the Northeast region of Massachusetts. To learn more about NAMC's mission, partners, membership benefits for employers, and contact information, please visit the online brochure by clicking here.
Fifth Annual Metro North STEM Event a Huge Success! (May, 2015)
The Metro North Regional Employment Board, through its role as lead of the Metro North STEM Network, recently joined forces with Cambridge Science Festival recently joined forces to host the fifth annual Metro North STEM event, "From Classroom to Career: Discover In-Demand STEM Jobs and Career Pathways!" Held at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge on April 23rd, the event brought together over 130 parents and children, as well as representatives from business, schools, training providers, community colleges, and career centers. Facebook’s Ryan Mack, as well as Daniel Theobald of Vecna, kicked off the events of the day with a welcome address, and were followed by speakers from local, cutting-edge companies including Microsoft, Biogen Idec, Google, and CDM Smith. In a timed, roundtable format, each professional spoke about what a typical day is like, career qualifications, and key job highlights and challenges. The positions represented at the event – which reflected the STEM areas of Information Technology; Life Sciences; Healthcare; Advanced Manufacturing; and Engineering – were chosen in large part because they are all currently in-demand in the region, and also each represent one step on a viable career pathway in STEM. The event was developed by REB Associate Director Meelynn Wong, with guidance and support from the Metro North STEM Network. For more information about the Metro North STEM Network, please visit: http://mnreb.org/STEM.php.
Metro North One-Stop Career Centers 2015 Legislative Report
Please click here to access the Metro North
One-Stop Career Centers 2015 Legislative Report, which highlights the remarkable accomplishments of the Metro North One-Stop Career Centers.
MA Establishes Storm Loan Fund for Small Businesses
The Baker-Politico Administration has announced a lending program to help small business that may have lost revenue to due to the unprecedented recent storm and cold weather conditions. The low-interest loans will be range from $5k to $10k, and the total amount of funding available for this program is $1M. For the news release, please visit: http://www.massgcc.com/about/article/baker-polito-administration-announces-snow-storm-loan-fund. for information on applying, please visit: www.massgcc.com.