This issue contains information about New Rules and New Tools as well as regional ARRA performance.
Quarterly calls with the state performance and reporting contacts throughout Region 1.
Citizens Bank and NECN recently named Operation A.B.L.E. a Champion in Action? for the first quarter of 2011 under the category of economic development. As part of the award, Operation A.B.L.E. will receive a $25,000 grant, media coverage and extensive promotional and volunteer support. Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based on Long Experience) provides employment services and training programs for mature workers, age 45 and older, from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds in Massachusetts. It is the only organization in Massachusetts committed solely to the employability needs of mature workers. A.B.L.E.’s mission is rooted in the belief that seasoned, experienced and well trained mature workers are indispensable to an employer’s productivity, viability and competitive position. However, the skills that kept these individuals employed for so long are not enough to compete in the current workforce. A.B.L.E. offers programs and services that are relevant to the needs of today’s workplace and teaches participants the skills to compete in a difficult job market. Programs include coaching and counseling, occupational skills training, technology training, green jobs training, job search workshops, employer referrals and job fairs. “Citizens Bank is pleased to join NECN in recognizing Operation A.B.L.E. as our newest Champion in Action,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “Today’s economy, coupled with the demands for a skilled workforce, makes it incredibly challenging for mature workers who are seeking employment. A.B.L.E.’s programs and services are meeting those challenges head-on and we applaud the organization for its outstanding commitment to economic development.”
Effective Promising Practices SCSEP
Wind power has been used for centuries, but is a relatively new source of electricity generation. Visually identifiable by its characteristic turbines, wind power has been used on a utility scale for only a few decades. Wind-generating capacity in the United States grew 39 percent per year from 2004 to 2009, and is expected to grow more rapidly as demand for renewable energy increases. As the wind energy industry continues to grow, it will provide many opportunities for workers in search of new careers. These careers extend beyond the wind farm: it also takes the efforts of workers in factories and offices to build and operate a turbine.