MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center is pleased to provide access to eligible job seekers to a variety of programs that will help you with your job search. Read on below to learn more about programs that will help you find funding for education and training opportunities. If you have any question or need assistance, please call the Greenfield Career Center make an appointment.
Free Medical Assistant Training
The MassHire Workforce Boards of Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties are offering FREE training to individuals pursuing a career in Medical Assisting. Eligible, approved individuals will enroll in the certificate program offered by Greenfield Community College (GCC). This is a full-time, one-year (two semesters) on line training program with students attending Lab one day weekly. Graduates of the program earn 29 college credits.
If you are currently unemployed, or working part-time, you may be eligible. Classes begin September 7th.
Click here for more information on requirements and how to register for an Information Session
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
The federally funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs offer individualized career services to eligible job seekers who are Dislocated Workers or Low-Income Adults. A Career Counselor assist job seekers to assess skills, create a career plan, search for jobs, explore education and training options and can assist in paying for training when available and appropriate. Training could include occupational or skills training including on the job training.
WIOA Dislocated Workers
The following is a list of eligible candidates for the WIOA Dislocated Worker Program:
- Individuals who have been terminated or laid off, or received notice of termination from employment and are eligible for or have exhausted Unemployment Insurance benefits
- Individuals who were self-employed but are now unemployed
- Displaced Homemakers who worked in the home and were dependent on the income of a family member but have lost that income
- Spouse of a military member on active duty
The Adult program prioritizes services for individuals who are low income, receiving public assistance and who do not have the skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
The WIOA Adult program serves job seekers with a wide variety of barriers to employment including:
- People with low incomes
- English language learners
- People who have difficulty with math or reading
- People with disabilities
- Single parents
- People involved in the court system
- People who are homeless
Program applicants are required to provide verification of eligibility for program services.
Trade Program (Trade Adjustment Assistance/TAA)
MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center assists workers who lose their jobs or have their work hours reduced as a result of increased imports, or whose jobs were exported offshore. The Trade program provides benefits which include a variety of reemployment services designed to help trade-affected workers prepare for and obtain suitable employment including career counseling, job search assistance, skills assessment, and training.
If you are potentially eligible, Career Center staff will assist you in applying for these TAA Program benefits, which are administered by the Department of Career Services (DCS) and Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
You can see which companies in Massachusetts are already TAA eligible here.
Or you can search a list of every state’s TAA eligible companies here. This list includes company locations as well as companies that are currently being investigated as potentially TAA eligible.
Please ask the Reception Staff at our Career Center to speak with a Career Services Counselor if your position was downsized or eliminated as a result of foreign trade, even if the business is not on the list. It may be possible to petition for Trade Assistance certification.
The Manufacturing Skills Initiative (MSI) program is a workforce training partnership between Greenfield Community College, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board, MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center, the Franklin County Tech School and over 30 area manufacturing companies that hire graduates. It is designed to help unemployed and under-employed folks and career changers move quickly into good jobs in manufacturing.
Advanced Manufacturing Training includes a 4 week Foundational Manufacturing (FM) Program and an 8 week Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator component. The 4-week (mostly online) FM training prepares participants for entry level jobs in manufacturing production, assembly and warehouse work with blueprint reading, precision measurement and safety training and is a pre-requisite for CNC training. Those who take the full 12-week FM and CNC Operator training get hands-on training with manual and CNC machines at the Tech School machine shop along with an introduction to CAD and G&M code, and can qualify for entry level machining jobs when they graduate to begin a career in precision machining. FM and CNC program participants also get personalized one-to-one work readiness and job coaching help. CNC program grads have succeeded in the workforce with an 85% job placement rate over the past 7 years of program success. Click the links above for more information about each course.
To learn more about these trainings and to apply, attend a monthly online Manufacturing Training Information & Application session held on the first Monday of each month at 3:00 pm. Learn how you can qualify for free tuition – training that is 100% grant funded!
To sign up for a seat at the next Info Session go to: https://www.gcc.mass.edu/events/manufacturing-engineering-technology-information-application-session-4/
View the PDF program flyer by clicking here.
High School Equivalency (HiSET – formerly GED)
If you do not have a high school diploma, completing a High School Equivalency Exam may help you improve your job prospects. There are two options for completing the High School Equivalency Exam – GED or HiSET. Our partner, The Literacy Project (TLP) provides free prep classes to anyone 16 and older who is not enrolled in public school. The first step is to complete an assessment that will help determine what you need to work on to pass an Equivalency Exam.
To get started in Greenfield – call the Career Center 413-774-4361 and schedule an academic assessment appointment.
In other areas call the closest The Literacy Project site for an assessment:
- Amherst – 413-259-1663
- Northampton – 413-584-6755
- Orange – 978-544-8971
- Ware – 413-967-9902
The Literacy Project classes are held from September through June. Classes are also available online where you can study at your own pace at any location with access to a computer. You can study online from home or you can use the computers in the Resource Room at the Career Center or a public library.