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Office of Workforce Coordination: Connecting business leaders with workforce development resources in Massachusetts public higher education
Adult students receiving workforce training from a professor
Mount Wachusett Community College workforce training at Tyco International in Westminster, MA.

Welcome to the Office of Workforce Coordination website!

The Office of Workforce Coordination supports and coordinates workforce development initiatives across Massachusetts' 29 public college and university campuses to align training, certificate, and degree programs with the workforce needs of the Commonwealth's growth and emerging industry sectors.

Massachusetts community colleges are staffed and ready now to deliver pre-packaged as well as customized training and education programs for your incumbent workforce and potential new employees. These industry-aligned workforce development centers also offer a single point of contact for longer-term partnerships with employers interested in building a sustainable talent pipeline for the future.

What's New

Rapid Response Incentive Program: Request for Proposals for FY2014

Approximately $450,000 will be available to fund projects in the $25,000 to $75,000 range. The Rapid Response Incentive Program was first funded in the FY13 budget and refunded for FY14, and was created to enable community colleges to respond in a timely manner to the workforce development needs of employers. The Rapid Response Program authorizes the Commissioner of Higher Education to grant funds through a competitive process to community colleges in support of employer requests for workforce training programs.

The RFP focuses on priority areas defined by:

  • Ensuring a timely quality training resource to address the needs of employers
  • Supporting the needs of workers who are in need of training for available jobs in growth industries and who may also need to maintain their income while developing essential new skills to remain competitive for the future.

Therefore, this grant program will fund:

  • Programs aimed at responding within 90 days to workforce training requests received from a local employer or a consortium of employers; AND/OR
  • Programs establishing accelerated degree and certificate attainment; AND/OR
  • Workforce training programs responsive to the scheduling needs of working adults.

We welcome proposals from community colleges for employers in any industry, and particularly those representing high job growth sectors in Massachusetts knowledge and innovation economy. Given the cross industry sector impact of Information Technology and Computer Science knowledge and skills, additional consideration will be given to training proposals related to jobs in the technology, computer science, or IT fields.

Applications are due by COB on January 31, 2014. Grant awards from this program will be made on a rolling basis through January 31, 2014 or until the authorized funds are expended. Visit the Comm-PASS website, linked below, to view changes and updates to this RFP:

>> Application and information at Comm-PASS

State University Internship Incentive Program

The Massachusetts State Legislature has approved $1,000,000 in funding for the State University Internship Incentive Program for FY 2014. The State University Internship Incentive program (SU-II) is designed as a complement to employer internship programs to incentivize and support many more students, and a diverse community of students, to participate in this important educational opportunity.

These funds have been allocated to each of the nine state universities on the basis that 50% of the available funds will be allocated equally to each institution ($55,555) and 50% will be allocated on the percentage of each institutionís first-time full-time enrolled undergraduate student population, referencing FY12 enrollments as the most current data.

The Vision Projectís workforce development initiative addresses three core goals, (1) to address competency needs in innovative and high-growth sectors, (2) strengthen student interest and success in STEM and (3) reduce gaps in STEM fields for African- American, Latino and female students. A student internship program is a well established strategy to interest and engage students, especially those who have limited prior exposure to careers in key economic sectors, about prospective job opportunities in high-demand fields.

>> Amended State University Internship Incentive Program Guidelines (.PDF)

Locate a community college workforce training center near your business

Each pin represents a community college workforce training center in Massachusetts. Click on a pin to see additional information about that center.

Find closest center to (enter ZIP code or city):    

>> View Community College Workforce Training Centers as a list






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