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Through funding in part from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a career technical center in Rhode Island offered a summer community building project for youth ages 14 to 24. Participants spent 10-weeks constructing a press box and snack bar for a community athletic complex.

 

Work readiness classes were held each week. Many of the classes had a math component featuring fractions and how they play a key role in many jobs, including construction. Other work readiness sessions included safety, proper dress and being responsible and on-time in the workplace. Participants were introduced to a wide array of building materials needed for a construction project, and instructors explained how and why “green” building products are environmentally friendly.  Using new skills, the summer youth built the press box for the community.

 

The city was a major project partner, sponsoring the costs of the architect, blue prints, engineering and ground breaking. A local construction company also partnered, and provided guest speakers and field trips to different building sites. Over the course of the summer, the youth worked 20 hours per week, in class and on the job, and were paid $7.40 per hour. Over 150 disadvantaged youth participated, taking with them the ability to learn new skills, apply math in the workplace and understand “green” construction.  

 

 

Calling all workforce professionals!  Looking for new staff training ideas? Please join us on January 11th 1:30PM-2:30 PM for the Region 1 Workforce Capacity Building Quarterly Professional Resource Call.  Massachusetts staff will discuss their findings and feedback from a new innovative training approach.

 

The Region 1 Workforce Capacity Building Quarterly Professional Resource Calls are a place for Workforce Professionals from all levels who are responsible for training staff and building professional capacity around workforce system issues. You’ll gain tips and insights on important topics, network with colleagues from across the region, and share resources. 

 

Look forward to hearing from you!

Region 1 Workforce Capacity Building Quarterly Professional Resource calls

 

DAY: January 11, 2010

TIME:  1:30 PM -2:30 PM

LOCATION: TELE- CONFERENCE:  1-866-816-8381
(TOLL NUMBER:                  1-203-669-7417)
PARTICIPANT PASSCODE:          6972457 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! 
 
We want to take a moment to wish everyone very warm, happy holidays. As well as a joyful, healthy, and prosperous new year!!! 

The next issue of the quarterly newsletter will be available mid January. 

If you have any questions or issues, contact the regional office or contact your Federal Project Officer.


The New Unemployables
Posted on December 03, 2010 by Myriam Milfort
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Paper Examines Older Workers' Job Struggles
 
“The New Unemployables,” a joint study by Boston College's Sloan Center on Aging & Work and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, compares the job search, financial, and emotional experiences of older and younger unemployed Americans.  The paper finds that older job seekers often face considerably greater challenges in their job searches than their younger counterparts and are more likely to remain out of work. 
 

If you are you running out of ideas of how to spend your RES $, check out these resources!

 

https://bostonregion1.workforce3one.org/view/2001025227238190442/info

 

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