FINANCIAL PLANNING TOOLS
The Federal Reserve Bank created these financial planning tools for everyday Americans who are navigating the challenges of transitioning from public benefits. There are 5 different tools, that can help you to create a financial plan for your future.
Skillsmart and Springfield WORKS collaborated to bring you this skills-based jobs matching tool that can help you identify your unique skillset and areas for improvement. It helps you to see the skills requirements that go into each job posting. You can compare how your skillset against the skills framework required for dozens of career options.
CAREER EXPLORATION RESOURCES
Whether you're an employer in need of workforce training, or an individual seeking to polish your resume or take your career in a new direction, HCC can help. We offer a wide range of options, from credit degree and certificate programs to professional certifications and resume-building courses for current and new employees.
An interactive portal to help you make decisions about schools, jobs transitions, and careers. This tool works with you for your entire lifetime: resources are included for K-5, middle and high school, college, AND adults. Use this tool to understand your skills and interests, opportunities to expand your skills, launching a career, and career transitions later in life.
Springfield's One-Stop-Shop Career Center. Visit for any questions or assistance around employment and training! They provide help for residents with job searches and training, as well as businesses looking for workers with matching skills.
Holyoke's One-Stop-Shop Career Center. Visit for any questions or assistance around employment and training! They provide help for residents with job searches and training, as well as businesses looking for workers with matching skills.
This document explains the 2015 Working Cities Challenge Grant, then provides definitions and explanations of different types of workforce programs, and lists of the agencies that provide those programs to Springfield residents.
A community center providing free computer classes and classes for job seekers, help navigating technology and the library through phone, email, or in-person, and Book-A-Librarian service for one-on-one assistance with basic computing, job searching, resume writing, or even figuring out your smartphone
A nonprofit organization offering a wide variety of employment supports, financial services, and education programs to low-income families of Springfield. Their goal is to help every single person walking through their doors - either by providing them services directly, or by connecting them with the best resource in the community.
A dynamic, multi-cultural learning community where students grow in character, intellect and self-confidence. Their community-based Workforce Development Center provides non-credit programs and classes in a wide variety of fields, internship opportunities, and full- and part-time employment opportunities.
The Learn&Earn Program is a free education and career-building program for young parents, age 16-24. This is a paid work skills program, where you work toward earning your high school equivalency diploma and/or building a career, with support from a case manager, while taking classes from Square One to prepare you for jobs vital to the community.
Tech Foundry offers a dynamic and fluid 18-week Information Technology (IT) Support training program combining technical skills, professional development and career readiness. With a supportive and experienced team of Tech Foundry members, students form a community, complete a capstone project, and perform an internship!
We provide access to an array of housing services that help people find ways to live where they choose, regardless of income or background. This includes support and information, programs for housing and employment support, direct financial assistance, and occassional workshops!
Free career training for a wide variety of career paths! Westover mostly serves youth 16-24 years old, with low-income, with approved citizenship/residency/DACA/etc status, meet background requirements, and are motivated and ready to succeed. Find a supportive community, earn your high school diploma or equivalent, gain career skills, gain on-the-job training experiences. Contact Admissions to understand the process.
These centers provide career and financial coaching to help families living on a low- to moderate-income build effective money habits and focus on the financial bottom line. This includes employment and career counseling, 1:1 financial coaching, and education and low-cost financial products that help build credit, savings and assets safely. They also connect clients with income supports such as food stamps, utilities assistance and affordable health insurance