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    1. With over 2 dozen current job openings, MGM Springfield Career Center moving to 95 State Street

      With over 2 dozen current job openings, MGM Springfield Career Center moving to 95 State Street

      With more than two dozen jobs currently available, MGM Springfield is moving its career center to the company's administrative building located at 95 State St.  Just over a year ago, MGM Springfield opened its career center in the Colvest Building at 1259 East Columbus Ave. with the aim of hiring the 3,000 people needed to operate its $960 million casino in the heart of the city. But now, with just 25 current openings two months after the grand opening, MGM is moving that operation into its own building. "We are excited to be moving closer to the daily ...

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    2. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito addresses Holyoke Chamber, touts public-private partnerships

      Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito hailed the public-private partnerships promoted by the Baker administration at the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce's annual Governmental Affairs Luncheon. The Wherehouse? Banquet Hall hosted the chamber's event Thursday. Polito noted the commonwealth's continued collaborations with the business community. She used Holyoke as "Exhibit A" in describing those relations, with the keys being planning, people, places and partnerships. Polito said the state extends grants, low-interest funding and tax credits to businesses that promote expansion, innovation and workforce development.

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    3. Western Mass Employment Collaborative to Hold Job Fair on Oct. 18

      Western Mass Employment Collaborative to Hold Job Fair on Oct. 18

      The Western Mass Employment Collaborative (WMEC), which partners with employers and various agencies to help individuals with disabilities find jobs, will sponsor its annual Job EXPO on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Holyoke Community College’s Kittredge Center, Rooms 301 and 303. The purpose of the event is for businesses to meet qualified candidates for their hiring needs and for job seekers to have multiple opportunities to speak to employers about job openings.

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    4. Bartender Classes Begin Oct. 16 at Hcc Mgm Culinary Arts Institute

      As part of a continuing series of non-credit hospitality courses at the new HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute, Holyoke Community College is offering classes this fall for anyone interested in becoming a professional bartender or just looking to perfect classic cocktails at home. The interactive class runs for seven consecutive Tuesdays, Oct. 16 through Nov. 27, from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the culinary institute, 164 Race St., Holyoke. The course will cover all the skills necessary to launch a career as a professional bartender. Students will learn how to handle various types of alcohol and how ...

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    5. Panel Discussion on Skills Gap, Tuition-reimbursement Benefits Slated for Sept. 27

      Associated Industries of Massachusetts and UMass Amherst University Without Walls will host a panel discussion on the workforce skills gap and tuition-reimbursement benefits on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St., Hadley. Industry and workforce-development leaders will detail the current skills gaps facing Western Mass. industries and the impact that employee-friendly educational programs and tuition-reimbursement benefits can have in closing those gaps. University Without Walls (UWW) staff and student panelists will detail how non-traditional higher-education programs can benefit both employees and their employers, helping working adults increase their ...

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    6. MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      MassHire: Employment boards, job centers take on new name, statewide brand

      What used to be the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is now the MassHire Hampden County Workforce Board. The former CareerPoint in Holyoke is now the MassHire Holyoke Career Center, and the former FutureWorks is now the MassHire Springfield Career Center. It is all part of a statewide rebranding of Massachusetts' 29 career centers and 16 workforce boards, which used to go by 45 different names. They're now part of the unified MassHire brand, with a consistent logo and themed website addresses and social media handles. It's statewide, so the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board is now ...

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    7. Help wanted: Manufacturers, jobs programs scramble to attract workers (photos, video)

      Help wanted: Manufacturers, jobs programs scramble to attract workers (photos, video)

      Richard K. Sullivan Jr., president of the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts. "It's a major economic development issue for us. These companies are major employers in their communities. And they can't grow." The 1,400-job deficit and other figures come from a recent survey prepared by the MassHire state job centers for Hampden County and for Hampshire and Franklin counties. It's a document the two agencies will incorporate into the regional workforce plan they have already submitted to the Baker administration and will present to schools up and down the valley.

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    8. Job centers, workforce boards get new names in statewide rebranding

      Job centers, workforce boards get new names in statewide rebranding

      Massachusetts job centers and the regional employment boards that help develop pools of potential employees are all getting new names -- each prefaced with the word "MassHire" -- as part of a statewide rebranding. The idea, said Kevin Lynn, executive director of FutureWorks in Springfield, is to make all the agencies more recognizable. In September, FutureWorks will shed its name and become the MassHire Springfield Career Center.

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    9. MGM Springfield's statistics on hiring and diversity continue to impress Massachusetts Gaming Commission

      MGM Springfield's statistics on hiring and diversity continue to impress Massachusetts Gaming Commission

      The chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said Friday that he and other members are "thrilled" by MGM Springfield's track record on workforce diversity in hiring employees, contractors and vendors for its $960 million resort casino. The comments from Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby came after commission staff gave glowing reports and statistics on diversity hiring during a meeting at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

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    10. Michele Cabral Named Director of Training & Workforce Options

      Michele Cabral Named Director of Training & Workforce Options

      Westfield resident Michele Cabral, a former accounting professor and interim dean of Business and Technology at Holyoke Community College, has been appointed the new director of Training & Workforce Options, a workforce-development partnership between HCC and Springfield Technical Community College. TWO offers customized training for businesses and nonprofits, needs assessments, and career-development programs.

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    11. There are still jobs at MGM Springfield, and Job Talk Tuesday at Cambridge College will have the details

      There are still jobs at MGM Springfield, and Job Talk Tuesday at Cambridge College will have the details

      MGM Springfield is boosting its Job Talk Tuesday program by moving it to Cambridge College in Tower Square with a live, in-person question and answer format. The new format will begin Tuesday and continue for the next month, MGM Springfield said in a press release. The change occurs as MGM's resort casino plans for a Aug. 24 opening and hiring efforts continue. Job Talk Tuesday has been a weekly MGM Springfield Facebook Live Q&A session in which MGM Springfield workforce development representatives answer questions as they are posted on MGM's Facebook page.

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    12. As casino opening looms, MGM Springfield on course to meet hiring goals for diversity, Springfield residents

      As casino opening looms, MGM Springfield on course to meet hiring goals for diversity, Springfield residents

      MGM Springfield officials told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday that they are well on course with the hiring of 3,000 casino employees, as pledged, and with meeting goals for local hiring and diversity. Gaming Commission officials praised the effort and results during its meeting in Boston, occurring as the $960 million resort casino is a month away from opening on Aug. 24. As MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis quipped during the meeting, just before 11 a.m. -- the casino is scheduled to open in "36 days and 3 minutes."

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    13. Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill

      Massachusetts House tacks $125 million in earmarks onto economic development bond bill

      State representatives on Tuesday night added $125 million in earmarked spending to a $666 million economic development bill before sending it along to the Senate.  The economic development bill, H.4714, is passed each year as a way to fund major projects around the state. It includes earmarks for specific projects, funding for economic development grants and money for job training.

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    14. HCC’s Line Cook Training Helps Kitchen Workers Land MGM Jobs

      HCC’s Line Cook Training Helps Kitchen Workers Land MGM Jobs

      Annie Rosa signed up for the free Line Cook Training program at Holyoke Community College with a clear objective in mind — get a job working in one of the new restaurants opening soon at MGM Springfield. The 38-year-old Springfield resident had worked in other restaurant kitchens, including Cracker Barrel, Cafe Lebanon, and Subway, but admits that most of her experience came from cooking for her family. She needed a professional boost.  “I’m an MGM hopeful,” she said earlier this month, not long after starting daily classes at the HCC MGM Culinary Arts Institute. Then, before the four-week training program ...

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    15. Want to land a job at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      Want to land a job at the soon-to-open MGM Springfield casino? Here's another opportunity

      If you are still looking to be a part of the MGM Springfield roster ahead of the casino's Aug. 24 grand opening, you still have a chance. The next invite-only hiring event is scheduled for this coming Monday and Tuesday, June 18-19. According to the casino company, all departments will be represented at the event, but recruiters will primarily be focused on food & beverage positions, including cooks, kitchen stewards, servers, bar porters, hosts, runners, and pantry and counter workers.

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    16. MGM Springfield hosts 1st large-scale hiring event for $960 million casino

      MGM Springfield hosts 1st large-scale hiring event for $960 million casino

      Cheers rang out at regular intervals Tuesday at the MassMutual Center as MGM Resorts International's newest Springfield employees emerged from an escalator in the arena's convention center to the second floor. These people were completing the hiring process and were getting their official welcome as MGM Springfield employees. MGM Springfield invited 700 job seekers to the MassMutual Center Tuesday and Wednesday for the first two of four mass-hiring events it'll conduct to staff the $960 million resort casino nearing completion in Springfield's South End.

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    17. MGM Springfield culinary team preps for mass hiring

      MGM Springfield culinary team preps for mass hiring

      Chris Smigel, assistant executive chef at MGM Springfield, moved up the career ladder at the soon-to-open casino before he was even hired. A Westfield native who got his culinary training at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, Smigel applied to MGM hoping for a job as a chef running one of its restaurants. Instead, he was hired to oversee culinary operations for all MGM-operated facilities on the property in Springfrield's South End. It's a step up for him, having worked for Hyatt Hotels for 10 years with stops Austin, New Orleans and, most recently, Cambridge. The MGM Springfield ...

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    18. Valley Opportunity Council wants to hire low-income and at-risk youth for summer

      Valley Opportunity Council wants to hire low-income and at-risk youth for summer

      The Valley Opportunity Council is taking applications for summer jobs for low-income and at-risk youth between the ages of 14 and 21. The program, which is done in collaboration with the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County, offers a structured, well-supervised work experience where employees will learn a variety of job skills while earning a paycheck.

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    19. Summer Program Offers Teenagers a Paycheck — and Much More

      Summer Program Offers Teenagers a Paycheck — and Much More

      t’s hardly news that far fewer teenagers work during the summer than they did decades ago, for many reasons. Those who do want to work are often happy to nail down a steady paycheck, while others gain something more — a career-oriented summer job that comes with training, mentorship, and connections. That’s the goal of a state-funded program that will send 900 area teens into the workforce this summer, but its administrators say that number isn’t nearly enough.

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    20. Finding People Jobs Is Only Part of Nicole Griffin’s Calling

      Finding People Jobs Is Only Part of Nicole Griffin’s Calling

      A job seeker came to see Nicole Griffin recently after making a careless mistake — one he didn’t even recognize at the time. The mistake was leaving a temporary position at a large, well-known firm two weeks before his contract was up because he didn’t like the environment and the job wasn’t quite what he thought it would be. “I said, ‘you kind of ruined all the work you did there for several months by leaving before your assignment ended,’” said Griffin, president of the employment firm she launched in 2013 as Griffin Staffing Network. “That was a ...

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    21. Youths to seek employment and employers to look for help at CareerPoint job fair in Holyoke

      Youths to seek employment and employers to look for help at CareerPoint job fair in Holyoke

      Hazen Paper, Six Flags New England and UPS are among companies scheduled to be represented at the annual CareerPoint youth job fair Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at City Hall. The event at the 536 Dwight St. municipal building is intended to help young people get jobs and employers get started on hiring summer help, a press release said.

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    22. Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      Applications available today for Hampden County Regional Employment Board summer jobs program

      With the unemployment rate for those ages 16-19 stuck at nearly 26 percent, the Regional Employment Board of Hampden County is once again calling for people to hire young workers, donate to its summer youth employment programs and provide work sites. Officials fear too many area young people will be out of school this summer with too much time on their hands and no way to pick up the work ethic, job skills and the money a summer job can provide. Not to mention the other ways teens might fill their time if they aren't on the job, said ...

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    23. No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      No English, no luck? Why MGM Springfield is looking for strong English skills and what's being done to prep candidates

      MGM Springfield made a big splash this week when it posted 1,000 available jobs in its website. It was a huge step forward for a $960 million project whose main selling point to skeptical voters, who ultimately approved casino gambling here, was jobs. For many of those jobs -- even unskilled ones like bus person and kitchen runner -- "English language proficiency" is the first relevant skill listed. The job description defines English language proficiency this way: "The ability to speak and understand English when giving and receiving instructions, and talking with management, coworkers, and guests. This includes using correct grammar ...

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