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Training Resources and Internship Networks (TRAIN) Program

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Massachusetts is experiencing a skills gap – available jobs with high employer demand, strong wages and career advancement opportunities are going unfilled while some workers remain unemployed or underemployed. The Training Resources and Internship Network (TRAIN) grant program is designed to support long-term unemployed, under-employed and new entrant adult workers who seek to enter/reenter the workforce and address this workforce shortage.

The Department of Higher Education (DHE), working in collaboration with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD)—the lead agency for the Workforce Skills Cabine—is charged with soliciting grant proposals from community colleges working in partnership with the regional MassHire system, One Stop Career Centers (OSCC) and Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s) to address this need.


In addition to supporting long-term unemployed workers (the primary focus of the initial TRAIN program: 2016), this updated TRAIN program also addresses underemployed workers and new entrant workers in need of training to prepare for jobs in key industry sectors prioritized by the Workforce Skills Cabinet, specifically; Healthcare, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality and Tourism.

In FY19, $1.5M was awarded to ten community colleges and one consortium of three community colleges and their regional partners to implement TRAIN projects.

FY19 Project Summaries & Proposals
Project Name & Proposal Institution and Description Grant Award
Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Training

(Full Proposal)
Middlesex Community College in partnership with the Custom Group Center for Manufacturing Technology, MassHire Lowell Career Center and MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board, proposes to provide 105 hours of workforce readiness training (math, computer skills and business communication) and 130 hours of hands-on training on advanced manufacturing equipment for 20 participants leading to industry credentials and workforce opportunities $122,725
Healthcare Workforce Training

(Full Proposal)
Quinsigamond Community College in partnership with MassHire Central Region Workforce Development Board, MassHire Worcester Career Center, Worcester Community Action Council and community-based organizations and employers proposes to prepare four cohorts (40 participants) for Healthcare sector opportunities as Certified Nursing Assistants and Pharmacy Technicians. $206,657
Culinary and Hospitality Workforce Training

(Full Proposal)
Berkshire Community College in partnership with Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Berkshire Works One-Stop Career Center and area employers (Mezze Restaurant Group, Main Street Hospitality Group and Tourists proposes to provide training leading to a Certificate in Hospitality Core Skills, Certificate in Culinary Care Skills, and a Certificate in Hospitality Supervision and Management core skills for 45 participants to support the employment needs of small and medium size businesses throughout Berkshire County. $125,000
TRAIN Pioneer Valley Consortium

(Full Proposal)
Holyoke Community College in partnership with Springfield Technical and Greenfield Community College; MassHire Hampden County and Franklin Hampshire Workforce Boards; MassHire Career Centers of Holyoke, Springfield and Franklin Hampshire Counties as well as employers Bete-Fogg Nozzle, Peerless Manufacturing and UMass Dining Services propose to serve 60 participants in essential skills/job readiness training and occupational training for the manufacturing and hospitality sectors. $247,000
Computer User Support, Networking and Computer Information Systems Workforce Training

(Full Proposal)
North Shore Community College in partnership with MassHire North Shore Workforce Board, MassHire North Shore Career Center, Regional WIOA Partners and employers (GraVoc, Sperling Interactive, Eastern Bank and Salem Five) propose to offer high demand computer skills training leading to non-credit certificate attainment, employment opportunities and non-credit to credit articulation to degree programs. $158,583
Comp/TIA End User Workforce Training

(Full Proposal)
MassBay Community College in partnership with MassHire MetroWest Workforce Development Board (PSW), MassHire Career Center and employer/community-based organizations will plan for the design of CompTIA + End User training. MassBay will collaborate with NSCC to learn from their implementation of Computer User, Networking and Information Systems training to develop a common, regional model for these skills that are in high demand, statewide. $75,000
Office Support Certificate and Workforce Training

(Full Proposal)
Bristol Community College in partnership with MassHire Workforce Development Boards (Bristol, Greater New Bedford), MassHire Career Center (Fall River, Greater New Bedford) and community-based organizations and employers propose to offer 22 credit training toward an Office Support Certificate for 25 students leading to job opportunities and credit-based certificate pathways contextualized for the manufacturing, healthcare and service industries. $174,678
Hotel Housekeeping Training Program

(Full Proposal)
Roxbury Community College in partnership with Boston Education, Skills & Training (BEST Corp); Boston Career Link(One Stop Career Center); community-based organizations and employers, proposes to serve 12-15 individuals using a curriculum developed with hotel employer partners providing pre-apprenticeship training plus 1000 hours of employment to complete the apprenticeship and earn 12 college credits. The program is limited by the capacity of the BEST program, but this can be expanded in the future. $105,807
Construction Trade Training Program

(Full Proposal)
Cape Cod Community College in partnership with MassHire Cape and the Islands Workforce Board, MassHire Cape and the Islands Career Center, and community-based organizations and employers propose to develop and offer training for 30 participants leading to certifications in OSHA Basic Rigger and Signal Person supporting workforce needs in the growing construction sector of this region. $85,803
Emergency Medical Technician Certification Training

(Full Proposal)
Mt. Wachusett Community College in partnership with Woods Ambulance and Medstar Ambulance propose to serve 25 participants seeking Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification Training that will prepare them for the certification examination administered by MA Office of Emergency Medicine and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians $74,652
Pharmacy Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nurse Aid and PC Hardware Support Training

(Full Proposal)
Bunker Hill Community College in partnership with the Boston PIC, employers (CVS and Cataldo Ambulance Services Inc., plus the City of Chelsea will offer workplace readiness and occupational skills training to 24 participants focused on the healthcare and IT sectors. All programs offer industry-recognized credentials and are credit-bearing. $123,311




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