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MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board Executive Committee Meeting (Sept 2023)

Executive Board Meeting
August 30, 2023
2-3:30 PM
Staffing – challenging environment for Career Center and WFB
Openings: 8 current position openings in the Career Center
Engaged: 7 employees in place at Workforce Board
Abbey Serpais matriculated July – Connecting Activities
Colleen Gabriel – started May – Connecting Activities.
Brian Sok – started July – Connecting Activities/Behavioral Health.
Job offers presently to two individuals – Connecting Activities (Mid-September start)
Managing two regional grants: Health Hub and Behavioral Health Grants (one-half time)
Managing two Pilot Projects (Presently – 1 p/t facilitator) (Need 2 interns)
Managing for 4 Career Center audits: financial, program, oversight, and WIOA (January)
Funding for FY24-25:
Connecting activities allotment from Dept of Education confirmed
Career Center allotment notification late September/October
One Stop monies slashed 60% in State Budget
ARPA – City funds
Miscellaneous revenue
Grants – Regular submissions through Commonwealth Corp and EOLWD
Re-entry Grant $200K (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024)
Behavioral Health Planning Grant $107K (July 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023
Behavioral Health Training Grant Approx $300K/year – (January 2024 – 2027)
QUEST Training Grant – $1.3 M (Covid impact) (By Comm. of Mass on our behalf)
The Career Center requested no further grants until they can fill vacant employment positions.
Board of Directors
Retirement: Cynthia Smith – (Extremely grateful for her dedicated service and dedication)
David Daly, CEO, PrideStar Emergency Medical Transportation, Chelmsford
Toly Chea, Owner, Aqualite Corp., Tyngsborough
Upcoming Meetings:
Performance and Opportunities Committee: September 6, 2023, at 2-3 pm (Zoom)
Full Board of Directors: September 14, 2023, at 2 – 3:30 PM (Hybrid)

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