The Bureau of Labor Statistics, through the Current Population Survey, reported that in Massachusetts in 2014, the percentage of unemployed individuals who were long term unemployed was 34.6%. Long-term unemployment, compared to short-term unemployment, is particularly troubling because statistically the long-term unemployed have a low probability of re-employment. Over time, their employment skills, motivation to find a job, and self-esteem greatly erode leading to loss of self-confidence and the belief of future employability. Eventually, the long-term unemployed stop looking for work.
In response to this challenging situation reflected in the troubling numbers of the persistently unemployed, the state legislature recently passed the Training Resources and Internship Networks (TRAIN) Grant Program, overseen by the Department of Higher Education, in cooperation with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
TRAIN grants are given to community colleges for the purpose of implementing training programs and providing employer sponsored internships for the long-term unemployed. Qualifying proposals focus on the development of occupational and readiness skills needed to assist individuals in returning to the workforce in high-demand industries such as health care, advanced manufacturing, computer science/information technology, life sciences and/or financial services.
The DHE received five proposals after issuing an RFP in March 2016. All five proposals were awarded, totaling $1.28M in grant dollars. Grant contracts will last from June 15, 2016 - June 30, 2017.
|Community College||Program||Award Amount||Scope of Impact|
|Numbers Served||Expected Employment|
|Bristol Community College||C.N.A.||$219,393||30||20|
|Bunker Hill Community College||EMT/C.N.A.||$181,006||36||23|
|Holyoke Community College||HHA/C.N.A.||$228,529||64||36|
|Mt. Wachusett Community College||HHA/C.N.A.||$199,072||20||14|
|Quinsigamond Community College||C.N.A.||$200,000||30||25|