Learn to Earn supports programs that provide training and employment assistance to individuals receiving public benefits. NECAT and its social service partners on this grant, which include ABCD, Dorchester Bay EDC and the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment, were selected through a competitive grant process and will be working closely with representatives from the Executive Offices of Labor and Workforce Development, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Economic Development to ensure NECAT students receive the support they need to get off public assistance and achieve their long-term career goals. The grant will provide more than $300,000 over two years to NECAT and its non-profit partners.
Four employer partners have also signed on to support this grant initiative and include Wynn Boston Harbor, Colwen Hotels, Harvard Dining Services and Legal Sea Foods. We are grateful to these employers for donating their time and talents to make our program even better.
“The organizations chosen for this work have a proven track record of connecting at-risk populations to sustainable career opportunities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karen Polito. “We’re really looking forward to working with them on innovative solutions to some of the most intractable problems in workforce development and examining how to scale those which are most effective.”
“These flexible workforce grants can get at the core issues creating barriers to employment for many families in our state such as child care, transportation, and housing,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Not only do they have the potential to be life changing for those who participate and their families, but they will also fill pressing skills gaps in high demand occupations and help fuel economic expansion.”
This is a big win for NECAT and we are grateful for the opportunity to be part of a state-wide initiative that will benefit our students and their families.
Click here to read the full press release from the State House.