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Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership Announce Workforce Training Initiative

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges (MACC), in partnership with the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), is pleased to announce the “Be Mass Competitive” workforce training initiative. Candidates will receive specialized training and career-placement services leading to upwardly-mobile employment opportunities at some of the Commonwealth’s largest employers. This program seeks to support and advance the successes of persons of color by providing pathways at MACP companies committed to building a diversified workforce. 

The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership is a non-profit coalition of chief executive officers of some of the Commonwealth's largest businesses. MACP’s goal is to promote job growth and competitiveness in the Commonwealth. Participating employers include Bank of America, Boston Scientific, Eversource, John Hancock, The Kraft Group, Liberty Mutual, Mass General Brigham, Putnam Investments, Rapid7, State Street Corporation, Suffolk, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Wayfair. Students who seek to register for courses that do not include any in-person component, and who do not plan to come on campus for any reason for the Spring 2022 semester, will not be required to provide documentation of vaccination. All employees will be required to be vaccinated.

“Our member companies understand the need to be intentional and proactive about attracting and recruiting a more diverse workforce," said Jay Ash, President and CEO of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. “We are excited to partner with our local community colleges to ensure that candidates have access to this career-building opportunity.”

This joint initiative by MACC and MACP employers will include up to twelve weeks of training at a community college at no cost to the student and professional job coaching throughout training and into employment. Upon completion of the program, students will have earned full-time job offers at MACP employers contingent on performance throughout community college training and their on-the-job experience. The fall 2021 cohort will receive their training at either Bunker Hill or Roxbury Community College.

This opportunity is available at no cost to participants and stipends will be provided. Individuals with a high school diploma/equivalency or higher are eligible and encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply, visit www.masscc.org/be-mass-competitive.

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The 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges offer unique opportunities for the local communities they are a part of. Each college provides open access to high quality and affordable academic programs. The Massachusetts Community Colleges are Bunker Hill, Bristol, Cape Cod, Berkshire, Greenfield, Holyoke, Massasoit, MassBay, Middlesex, Mount Wachusett, North Shore, Northern Essex, Quinsigamond, Roxbury, and Springfield Technical.

The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(4) public policy group comprised of chief executive officers of some of the Commonwealth's largest businesses. The Partnership's goals are to promote job growth and competitiveness in the Commonwealth by working in collaboration with public officials and business and civic leaders in Massachusetts.

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