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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Training and Workforce Options to Host Financial Industry Forum

      Training and Workforce Options to Host Financial Industry Forum

      Training and Workforce Options (TWO), a partnership between Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), will host an employer-engagement forum focused on the financial-services industry on Thursday, May 3 from 8 to 10 a.m. at STCC’s Scibelli Hall, Rooms 701 and 702. The forum will provide financial professionals with information on workforce-development training opportunities and related services offered by experienced trainers from HCC and STCC. TWO representatives also will discuss how regional businesses can secure Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund Grants to enhance training efforts for their workers.

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    9. MGM Springfield posts more than 1,000 new jobs as hiring continues ahead of September opening

      MGM Springfield posts more than 1,000 new jobs as hiring continues ahead of September opening

      MGM Springfield has posted more than 1,000 new jobs ranging from food servers to locksmiths as it prepares to open its $960 million casino in September. The posting is the largest by the company since the casino plans were launched, MGM Springfield said. The company is committed to hiring 3,000 employ ees for its opening. "The opportunities at an MGM resort are endless," said MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis. "We know Western Massachusetts has been waiting patiently for the chance to pursue these careers. The time is now."

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    10. Youth summer job event set for Monday by CareerPoint in Holyoke with businesses' help sought

      Youth summer job event set for Monday by CareerPoint in Holyoke with businesses' help sought

      Businesses can learn how they can help young people get summer jobs at a CareerPoint event Monday. The "meet-and-greet" is set for noon to 2 p.m. at the Holyoke Community College MGM Culinary Arts Institute, 164 Race St. "The YouthWorks Summer Employment Program enables us to give youth ages 14 to 21 access to their first real job experience. This summer, CareerPoint again expects to place over 150 youth in full- and part-time summer jobs ...," said a press release Friday from CareerPoint's Gladys Lebron-Martinez and Saul Caban.

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    11. 'A lot of excitement' as MGM Springfield prepares to hire 800 food and beverage workers (photos, video)

      'A lot of excitement' as MGM Springfield prepares to hire 800 food and beverage workers (photos, video)

      The MGM Springfield casino, preparing to hire 800 food and beverage workers, held an open house Thursday to meet and share information with future applicants. The event at the MassMutual Center took on the flavor of a job fair as Western Massachusetts and Connecticut residents participated. They were greeted by MGM officials and representatives of the restaurants and other food and beverage establishments opening at the casino.

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    12. Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

      Springfield unemployment rate steady; jobs, labor force up

      The city's unemployment rate crept downward in February by a tenth of a percentage point, to 6.6 percent, from 6.7 percent in January. The city's jobless rate was higher a year ago at this time: 7.3 percent. Local unemployment rates are not adjusted for seasonal changes in the economy. So a year-over-year number is a more accurate snapshot of the local jobs market. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development released updated figures Wednesday.

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    13. AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      AIC hosts more than 100 employers for all-college career fair March 28

      American International College expects more than 100 employers on campus at the the annual College Career Centers of Western Mass (CCCWM) Career Fair March 28 in the Henry A. Butova Gymnasium, 125 Cortland St. MGM Springfield will present a casino employment information session from 10-11:30 a.m. The job fair runs from from noon until 3 p.m. Employers are offering both jobs and internships.

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    14. Tech Foundry Offers Excel Skill Training to Regional Workforce

      Tech Foundry Offers Excel Skill Training to Regional Workforce

      Tech Foundry will offer a four-day Excel skill training the week of May 14-18 (every day but May 16) from 9 a.m. to noon at 1391 Main St., ninth floor, Springfield. Because its first Excel class offered to area companies and their employees was such a success, Tech Foundry is eager to meet the Excel needs of more area employers and their employees. Hundreds of workers in the Pioneer Valley alone use Excel on a daily basis, yet only a small fraction have the training and skill needed to maximize job success and productivity.

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    15. FutureWorks to host Six Flags recruiting event

      FutureWorks to host Six Flags recruiting event

      FutureWorks Career Center will hold a recruiting event for Six Flags New England on March 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. Interested individuals need to apply online in advance of the special event. Job positions featured at the amusement park company include ride operators, game team members, and food services staff. The Agawam location has said it plans to hire 3,000 employees for its season this year which begins April 7. It held on-site job fairs last month for applicants 16 years and older for positions paying minimum wage or higher.

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    16. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy puts students on road to high-paying careers

      Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy puts students on road to high-paying careers

      Rafael Rivera, a sophomore at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy, can see a clear path to a bright future from the seat of a virtual John Deere 310SL backhoe-bucket loader. Rivera, 16, is among 15 sophomores enrolled in the school's new construction and craft labor shop who can expect to land high-paying union jobs starting at $17.50 an hour in highway construction after graduation. The shop where they learn exists thanks to a $441,000 federal Pell grant that Putnam received to staff and outfit the 3,850-square-foot facility with the kind of equipment students will use ...

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    17. Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $610 million economic development bill, including...

      Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker proposes $610 million economic development bill, including...

      Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday filed a $610 million economic development bill. The bill includes a potpourri of initiatives meant to encourage local economic development projects, help coastal communities, and incentivize business hiring. The bill would also create a permanent sales tax holiday in Massachusetts. "This bill seeks to grow the economy for all regions of the Commonwealth by providing support for small businesses, continuing the successful MassWorks program for Massachusetts' downtowns and main streets, and purchasing more equipment to expand and improve workforce skills training," Baker said in a statement.

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    18. Baker, Neal, Boston Fed president headline Outlook gathering

      Baker, Neal, Boston Fed president headline Outlook gathering

      The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce expects 650 attendees at the MassMutual Center Friday to hear Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, D-Springfield, and Gov. Charlie Baker offer their perspectives on the state of business in the commonwealth. The chamber's Outlook 2018 luncheon is sold out, the chamber said Wednesday. Rosengren's office said Wednesday that he will also meet Friday with Springfield Works, a Springfield workforce development plan funded through the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Working Cities Challenge project.

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    19. Westfield schools, Holyoke CareerPoint partner to prep students for workforce

      Westfield schools, Holyoke CareerPoint partner to prep students for workforce

      The Westfield High School Career Center has partnered with CareerPoint to increase opportunities for students. "Our students will get a lot out of this," said Superintendent Stefan Czaporowski. CareerPoint, based in Holyoke, is a one-stop career center serving Westfield, Holyoke and surrounding communities. The nonprofit company collaborates with a range of area businesses and community organizations to assist employers and job seekers. A ribbon cutting celebrating the partnership and reopening of the school Career Center is planned for March 7.

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    20. Springfield Works gets state funding to expand programs to help job seekers

      Springfield Works gets state funding to expand programs to help job seekers

      Director Anne Shecrallah Kandilis said Springfield Works will also use the money to expand financial literacy programs aimed at easing the transition form public assistance to self-sufficiency in ways that keep folks from losing necessary services and benefits before they are really ready to go it alone. The state awarded $500,000, including $75,000 to Springfield Works, through the Urban Agenda Grant Program designed to promote economic development in Massachusetts through the building of community partnerships in addressing obstacles to employment

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    21. CareerPoint Announces Three Upcoming Events

      CareerPoint Announces Three Upcoming Events

      CareerPoint, the Holyoke-based one-stop career center, announced three events for the coming week. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting for the grand reopening of its College and Career Center at Westfield High School on Wednesday, March 7 at 9 a.m. Westfield Public Schools has engaged in a partnership with CareerPoint to coordinate the center’s activities. The focus of the center is to provide career and job services to students, and to help make connections for students between their academics and their future career options. Rosalin Acosta, state secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, and other state ...

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    22. Want to become a table dealer for MGM Springfield? These upcoming informational sessions are the first step

      Want to become a table dealer for MGM Springfield? These upcoming informational sessions are the first step

      MGM Springfield, which is constructing a $960 million resort casino, has announced a series of informational sessions in March, April and May for those who are interested in starting a career as a games table dealer. Representatives from MGM Springfield and the Massachusetts Casino Career Training Institute (MCCTI) will review specifics on registration and enrollment for gaming classes at the new MCCTI Gaming School now open in downtown Springfield. Attendees will hear "what it takes to become a successful dealer, the skills required, opportunities available, and how the Gaming School can help," MGM Springfield said in announcing the sessions. Representatives ...

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    23. Over 35 companies and CORI help set for job fair in Holyoke

      Over 35 companies and CORI help set for job fair in Holyoke

      The MGM Springfield casino company, C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc. and over 30 other companies will be represented at a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race St. GTI Massachusetts NP Corp., which is opening a medical marijuana facility here at 28 Appleton St., is organizing the job fair with CareerPoint and the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, a press release said.

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    24. How did MassMutual and the state work out deal for Springfield expansion?

      How did MassMutual and the state work out deal for Springfield expansion?

      MassMutual executives had already decided to vacate and sell their Connecticut campus before they received a $46 million incentive package from the state of Massachusetts to consolidate in Springfield. Executives at the insurance giant also told this state's top economic development official that the 1,500 jobs just south of the border in Enfield -- and their $100,000-a-year salaries -- could have gone to North Carolina or Tennessee instead. Massachusetts officials spent months convincing MassMutual to keep those jobs in Greater Springfield and to expand in Massachusetts, according to documents obtained by The Republican through a public records request.

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