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 designed to address the urgent demand for skilled nursing professionals in our area hospitals.

At Springfield WORKS, our mission has always been to bridge gaps in the regional economy. The grant awarded to HCC and its partners, including Baystate Medical Center, and Baystate Wing Hospital, is a strategic investment in the workforce with the potential to spark truly transformative effects, particularly in critical sectors like healthcare. Additional financial and technical support from the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board and Springfield WORKS National Fund for Workforce Solutions grant demonstrates the power of collective impact.

This skills-based hiring grant awarded to HCC and its partners is not just an incredible financial achievement for our anchor institutions; it serves as a blueprint for what innovative workforce development efforts can look like in the future.

HCC has also published a press release highlighting the importance of this milestone.

“Every individual in Massachusetts should have access to quality job training, and our employers should have access to the skilled talent they need to do business,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Our workforce is our greatest competitive strength. The latest round of Workforce Success Grants is another example of our administration’s commitment to expanding opportunities and expanding our lead.”

Read more here (https://www.hcc.edu/about/news-events-and-media/news-stories/nurse-training-grant).