Springfield WORKS and Partners Host Cliff Effect Legislative Briefing at the Massachusetts Statehouse

On Tuesday, April 2nd, Springfield WORKS, in partnership with The Foodbank of Western Massachusetts, Western Mass Economic Development Council, and the Economic Pathways Coalition MA, hosted a legislative briefing at the Massachusetts State House. The event aimed to draw attention to the urgent need for sustained support in addressing benefit cliffs, otherwise known as “cliff…

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Holyoke Community College, Springfield WORKS, and Community Partners Awarded Nurse Training Grant

Holyoke Community College (HCC) and its partners, including Springfield WORKS, have been awarded a historic grant totaling nearly $1.46 million, marking a significant milestone in our collective mission to enhance the regional workforce ecosystem—particularly for critical sectors like healthcare. This grant, part of the Senator Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success grants totaling $3.9 million, is…

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Springfield WORKS Awarded $450,000 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant

We are pleased to announce that Springfield WORKS/EDC 413 Works, Inc. has been awarded the 2024 Community Empowerment and Reinvestment Grant (CERP), funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Economic Development. “This program seeks to develop, strengthen, and invest in community-led efforts to bring positive economic outcomes to communities that face historically disproportionate challenges to…

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Anchor Collaborative Partner Baystate Health Recognized with CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Workers Champion Award by National Fund for Workforce Solutions

Springfield WORKS is excited to congratulate Baystate Health on this 2023 CareerSTAT Frontline Healthcare Workers Champion Award, recognizing the transformative work they are doing for our regional employment ecosystem. Springfield WORKS is proud to be a partner with Baystate Health, working closely together to address the needs of workers, families, and the healthcare system through…

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$75,000 Urban Agenda Grant Awarded to Springfield WORKS in Partnership with Springfield Public Schools

A $75,000 Urban Agenda grant has been awarded to Springfield WORKS, the primary applicant in partnership with Springfield Public Schools to expand the Two-Generation/Whole Family Approach to Career Pathways (2Gen) model to the Springfield Public School system. This funding, provided by the MA Executive Office of Economic Development, will assist in outreach and recruitment of…

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Springfield WORKS Hosts 3-Day Human-Centered Design Sprint

Springfield WORKS was thrilled to host the Human-Centered 3-Day Design Sprint this past week, in which program participants and service providers came together to rethink workforce development program design from the ground up to truly serve the needs of the community members. Human-centered design focuses on collaboration with program participants to address barriers to success…

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Springfield WORKS Hosts Community Empowerment Grant Press Event & Community Conversation

Springfield WORKS/Working Cities Challenge, a community-wide initiative with the Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council, hosted a “Community Empowerment Grant Press Event & Community Conversation” earlier this week. The funding from a grant received at the beginning of 2023 was aimed at helping to facilitate systemic socioeconomic changes in the city of Springfield. Part of the…

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Springfield WORKS and Partners Host Roundtable with Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President to Discuss Local Economic Issues, Cliff Effects

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Susan M. Collins visited Western Mass to learn about the economic challenges and opportunities present in the area. Springfield WORKS and our partners were able to discuss the Cliff Effect, our Pilot Program & the positive impacts we can have on the Commonwealth. Springfield WORKS is a workforce development…

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