Stoking a 21st Century STEAM Engine: Rocket Fuel for the Innovation Economy

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SkillWorks joined with the Cambridge Community Foundation, The Agenda for Children, Just-A-Start Corporation, the Kendall Square Association, the Metro North Regional Employment Board, and lead sponsor JPMorgan Chase, to host an exciting forum in Cambridge highlighting the importance of S.T.E.A.M. education for the growing innovation economy.  S.T.E.A.M. expands upon the S.T.E.M. education strategy to include Arts, recognizing creativity as a key driver of innovation.

As SkillWorks expands our geographic reach, this forum presented as an opportunity to develop and foster relationships with key partners in Cambridge focusing on industries and educational pathways that directly align with our work and are critical to our region’s economy.

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Ask Your Representatives to Co-Sponsor Key Amendments for Job Training and Youth Jobs!

The Current FY17 House Ways and Means budget would CUT job training, career readiness and employment programs for youth and adults.

Help us stop that from happening! To ensure funding for these critical programs, please contact your representatives and urge them to support and co-sponsor these amendments:

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SkillWorks Welcomes Newest Phase III Grantees

After an intensive RFP process over the late summer-early fall of 2015, SkillWorks recommended a slate of 11 new grantees for one-year awards, approved by our funders in December of 2015. SkillWorks’ newest grantees began their terms on January 1st of this year and are already off to a fantastic start, with a full quarter of project activities under their belts. Early outcomes are looking positive and we are excited to continue working with and monitoring the progress of these projects, and sharing out learnings and best practices.

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Alliance for Vocational Technical Education Legislative Briefing & Advocacy Day!

On Tuesday, March 29th, SkillWorks, the Workforce Solutions Group, and the rest of the Alliance for Vocational Technical Education (AVTE) held a legislative briefing and advocacy day at the Massachusetts State House to garner support for their policy recommendations to improve Massachusetts’ Vocational Technical Education system.

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SkillWorks’ March Grantee Convening

Earlier this month, SkillWorks held our first grantee convening of 2016, which brought together new and continuing grantees and partners we will be working with this year. As always, it was a fantastic opportunity to get the majority of our grantees together in one room to share updates, spur discussion, strengthen networks, and facilitate knowledge, practice and idea sharing. The meeting was packed full of content and opportunities for interaction, with presentations and discussion sessions on the Signal Success soft skills curriculum, SkillWorks’ youth and young adult investment strategy, IT/Tech industry research results and updates, and more.


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