SkillWorks Welcomes 2018 Grantees!

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2018 is here and somehow we’re already one month down!? We’ve had a flurry of new and exciting endeavors going on here at SkillWorks, and even more to share from our partners and friends throughout our network! Before we launch into the rest of this season’s latest news, we’d first like to welcome our newest 2018 grantees — some old, some new, all doing exciting and important work!

Cyber Warrior Academy

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A division of Advoqt Technology Group, Cyber Warrior Academy (CWA) is a new for-profit social enterprise and workforce development program that provides cybersecurity training and career placement services with a specific focus on underserved individuals and veterans with 2 to 5 years of IT industry experience. Learn more.

BEST Corp Hospitality Training Center

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Now in its third year, SkillWorks is continuing to support BEST Corp’s (first of its kind) USDOL-registered pre-apprenticeship program in hospitality, which provides intensive training in housekeeping and job placement services into high quality, well-paying jobs in Boston’s fast-growing hospitality industry. Learn more.

Cambridge Housing Authority

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Now in its third grant year with SkillWorks, Cambridge Housing Authority’s Postsecondary Success Initiative continues to support students via two student-serving coaches who provide postsecondary transition support along with persistence and ongoing career development services for low-income and underserved students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS). Learn more.

Hack.Diversity

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Hack.Diversity is a public-private partnership launched by the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) to connect hiring managers from participating companies (incl. Carbonite, DataXu, Hubspot, and Wayfair), to the career centers of urban postsecondary institutions with the intent of hiring minority talent that turn into full-time jobs. SkillWorks is investing for a second year of the program, in partnership with the Boston Foundation. Learn more.

JVS Bridges to College and Career

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With ongoing support from Skillworks, Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) has been able to expand their Bridges to College and Career STEM Pathways pre-college programming. JVS has expanded their pre-college Biotechnology program, which prepares students to enter the Biotechnology Certificate program at Quincy College. They have also replicated this model by constructing a new pathway leading into Bunker Hill Community College’s Healthcare Information Technology Certificate program. Learn more.

Year Up Greater Boston

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Employment Placement and Alumni Support Initiative: Year Up is restructuring the Employment Placement Manager role so that they are an embedded into the “Learning Communities,” teaching an enhanced Career Development and Internship Readiness class, with a particular focus on their new site at State Street in Quincy. Year Up will also be extending their post-graduation alumni tracking and support to one year. Learn more.


Keep reading about even more news and updates from SkillWorks & our partners in our latest newsletter!

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Author: SkillWorks

SkillWorks is a nationally recognized workforce funder collaborative, launched by the Boston Foundation in 2003 to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts. SkillWorks brings together philanthropy, government, community organizations and employers to address the twin goals of: 1) Helping low-skill, low-income individuals attain family-supporting jobs; and 2) Helping employers find and retain skilled employees.

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