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Past Event: Getting a Seat at the Table-- A Seminar Series on Building Capacity in Workforce Development

The Metro North Regional Employment Board is sponsoring a series of seminars for small community and faith-based organizations in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion/UMass Boston. These workshops will help organizations build their capacity to provide workforce development services and assist community members to access employment and training services. Each interactive seminar is designed for organizations who have little or no experience delivering workforce development services, and who want information on how to access resources to assist individuals with employment in culturally responsive ways.

The series is free, but advance registration is required, as capacity is limited. You may attend the entire series or individual sessions that interest you. Download a registration form (MS Word format).

Note: These seminars are being held at a variety of locations in the Metro North region. Please note the location of the seminar(s) you plan to attend.

Maximizing the Use of Volunteers as a Resource

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 - 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Luke's Church, Chelsea
Presenter: Jason Wheeler, Consultant

Volunteers can be a terrific asset, particularly for small grassroots community and faith-based organizations with limited resources. Attendees will learn how to recruit and manage volunteers to help meet their organizations' goals, and how to address some of the challenges that come with using volunteers.

The Workforce Development System: An Overview

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Career Source, Cambridge
Presenters: David Hoff, Metro North Regional Employment Board; George Moriarty, The Career Place

At this seminar, attendees will learn about the structure of the Massachusetts workforce development system, how to access services, and where collaboration opportunities exist. The discussion will include an overview of Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers, and explain how to become a training vendor via the Division of Career Services.

Opportunities in Translation and Interpreter Services

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: CCCI, Woburn
Presenter: Zarita Araujo-Lane and Esther Phillips, Cross Cultural Communication Institute

There is a growing demand for translation and interpreter services. Providing such services is a natural fit for many small, multicultural organizations and their constituencies. This seminar will explain how to develop translation and interpreting as a service, how community and faith-based organizations can market such services to generate revenue, and the process for individuals to become certified interpreters. Free screening will be available to assess attendees' language interpretation skills.

Doing Business with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Wednesday, May 17, 2006 - 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Career Source, Cambridge
Presenters: Robert Fortes and Tom Hall, State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance

There are many opportunities for small community and faith-based organizations to receive funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to provide an array of services. However, obtaining this funding can often seem overwhelming. This seminar will demystify the process for applying for funds from the Commonwealth. A major portion of the program will focus on the SOMWBA certification process, which is designed to promote the development of business enterprises and nonprofit organizations owned or operated by minorities and women. The requirements for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s disadvantaged businesses enterprise program will also be discussed.

Massachusetts State Agencies: Opportunities for Community Partners

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mystic Activity Center, Somerville
Presenters: Ed Wang, Department of Mental Health; James Sarno, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission; Wayne Perry, Massachusetts Developmental Disability Council; Gerald Scott, Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation

Many Massachusetts state agencies have a variety of partnerships with community agencies, including funding them to provide services. Representatives from a variety of public agencies will explain the types of services for which their agencies contract, and how small grassroots organizations can potentially work in partnership with them.

Understanding the World of Private Foundations

Wednesday, June 7, 2006 - 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: St. Luke's Church, Chelsea
Presenters: Angela Brown, Hyams Foundation; Megan Briggs Reilly, The Boston Foundation

Private foundations are significant funding sources for many community and faith-based organizations. This seminar will focus on creating a basic understanding of how to approach private foundations to fund your workforce development program. The discussion will include how to identify foundations, what funders look for in workforce development applicants, and what small grassroots organizations should consider when developing funding applications.

Accessing Education and Training Services

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Mystic Activity Center, Somerville
Presenters: Mustafa Azeem, Bunker Hill Community College; Andrea Perrault, Massachusetts Department of Education; Susan Riley, SCALE

Many community agencies are interested in learning about education and training for a variety of reasons. They may want get involved in delivering education and training, or assist their constituents to access education and training that will enhance their job skills. This seminar will discuss these issues from both perspectives, and include a variety of practical information for grassroots organizations.

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Funding for this program is provided by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor as part of the department's Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Download a registration form (MS Word format).

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