1. Education to Employment Program Closes Gaps in Many Ways

    Education to Employment Program Closes Gaps in Many Ways

    Fortunately, the elective led to an opportunity to take an EMT class at the Holyoke Community College satellite located at the Education to Employment (E2E) site on Main Street in Ware. He and fellow Ware High students who finished the high-school elective are now contemplating a career in fire science and emergency medicine. Baystate Wing Hospital Corp., one of the E2E’s local business partners, provided a matching grant that covered half the tuition and textbooks for the EMT course for each of the students.

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    1. I was less than enthusiastic, but slightly interested in the fire-science class.
    2. I signed up for the EMT course almost immediately and didn't think twice about my decision.
    3. From an academic point of view, they're really looking to provide hands-on training activities for students who maybe aren't sure what they want to do, or aren't as book-motivated as some students might be. The hands-on training is giving them experience in an actual occupation.
    4. E2E is really a unique and innovative facility to help meet the needs of folks in our rural, former mill-town communities.
    5. We had been meeting with educators and small-business people and larger employers about the disconnect in our unemployment rates in this region, which tend to be 1% to 2% above the state average.
    6. They might need help with a résumé, or they might need additional classes, either for college credit or workforce-training classes to get certification for a new job. Or there might be questions about how to apply for financial aid.
    7. The consequences of the lack of transportation and unemployment elevate the importance to invest in these local initiatives. Both provide good options for our young people.
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