WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA) YOUTH PROGRAMS
The MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board provides federal funds, through The U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Investment & Opportunity Act (WIOA), to support and maintain a framework of education, training and employment services for at-risk youth. Our goal is to re-connect these youth with education and employment strategies, which will lead to a lifelong attachment with the workforce and ultimately economic self-sufficiency. WIOA Programming serves two youth participant populations: In-School (16-21 and attending high school) and Out-of-School youth (16-24 and not enrolled in any school).
Our WIOA funded partner programs perform recruitment and outreach, intense case management, paid and unpaid work experiences, career readiness activities, career pathway activities, educational activities assisting with the attainment of a High School Diploma, High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED), occupational skills training leading to an industry recognized credential, financial literacy activities, self and career assessments, and follow-up services for one year after program exit. MassHire staff provide oversight, reporting, intake and eligibility determination, testing and technical assistance.
MHGLWB Contact: Cathleen.Sturtevant@MassHireGreaterLowell.com
IN-SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAMS
GREATER LOWELL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL (GLTHS)
Greater Lowell Technical High School – Located in Tyngsboro, MA – The In-School Youth Program identifies twenty (20) students and provides those students with an intervention program that promotes their success during high school and sets them up to succeed post-graduation regarding college, training or career. GLTHS will serve the most at-risk senior and junior students who have been identified as having one or more of the following: chronic absenteeism, learning disabilities, pregnant or parenting, DYS or DCF involved, foster children, or juvenile offenders.
Program services include: Employer led communication and leadership workshops, Mass Rehabilitation Commission referrals and support, team building and employability workshops, teacher and peer tutoring programs, study skills curriculum, internship opportunities, cooperative employment placements, job site visits, college application assistance and campus tours. Individual support services such as mental health, drug and/or alcohol and guidance counseling are available.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAMS
MIDDLESEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Career Pathways Initiative
Middlesex Community College (MCC) – Located at the Out-Of-School Youth Development Center (OSYDC) at the Lowell Campus of MCC- The Career Pathways Initiative provides academic classes for HiSET preparation for those who have left school to move those participants toward a high school equivalency credential. Other enrollees may be able to obtain a high school diploma by passing state mandated tests which the program coordinates through collaborative programs. Additional opportunities for credentials that improve employability are integrated into each participant’s service plan. Participants may also elect to enter non-credit career training or enroll into one of MCC’s credit career certificate or degree programs.
Participants receive academic advising for selecting and enrolling in a program of study at MCC including degree programs and credited certifications. Participants attend workshops on career exploration, applying to college, labor market opportunities, financial aid and FAFSA. Programming is year-round with rolling admission allowing flexible enrollment for students ready to commit to their future. Fifteen (15) eligible young people, each cycle, can receive funding through WIOA to attend the Career Pathways Initiative.
COMMUNITY TEAMWORK INC. (CTI) – YouthBuild Program
CTI YouthBuild – Located in Lowell, MA – CTI YouthBuild is an education and employment training program that specifically prepares out-of-school, low income youth for careers in construction and culinary arts. The program helps young adults identify their education and career interests, develops an Individualized Employment Plan (IEP), and provides the necessary supports to help young adults achieve their goals. All program participants have access to the core components of the program, as well as specialized occupational skills training according to their individual interests and capacities. These supports will enable participants to achieve outcomes in the key WIOA performance measures of placement in employment or education, attainment of degree or certificate, and a measurable gain in skills.
MASSHIRE LOWELL CAREER CENTER – Pathways to Professions Program
MassHire Lowell Career Center (MHLCC) – Located in downtown Lowell – Services are offered at the MHLCC Young Adult Career Center. The Pathways to Professions program is designed to help fifteen (15) young people per cycle achieve their Hi-Set or attend skills training. The MHLCC partners with the Abisi Adult Education Center to provide HiSET classes on-site, and virtually through the Hi-Set Academy. This approach allows participants to work in person and remotely so that no skill gain is lost. Tutoring is provided as needed.
Occupational Skills Training for a career in a high demand industry is also an option for participants. Youth with a high school diploma who are working toward achieving a credential will work with MHLCC staff to complete labor market activities, including visiting and interviewing multiple training schools to choose the correct training program for the participant. Occupational training takes part off site, but participants continue to check in at the Young Adult Career Center to participate in other element offerings.
All Participants attend career readiness workshops, take part in paid and unpaid work experiences, and complete financial literacy training.
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEW ENGLAND (IINE) – Youth GOAL Program
International Institute of New England (IINE) – Located in Lowell, MA – The Youth GOAL (Growth, Opportunity, Advancement and Livelihood) Program supports twelve (12) WIOA funded out-of-school youth, targeting early-status immigrants and English language learners (ELLs). Throughout the year-round program, participating youth will engage in IINE’s holistic continuum of services for an average of 20 hours per week, including intensive case management; adult mentoring; financial literacy education; healthcare and human services vocational job training; English language education and/or referral to high-school equivalency classes; post-secondary education transition support; career exploration and career coaching; employment services and paid internships. In addition to individualized services, youth will meet twice a week for group activities which provide critical workforce development and education components and foster a sense of community among participants, thereby encouraging program retention and completion.
For information about any of our WIOA funded Youth Programs, please contact Cathy Sturtevant, Youth Program Manager:
Cathleen.Sturtevant@MassHireGreaterLowell.com or 978.805.4812