The MassHire Franklin Hampshire Career Center (MHFHCC) provides eligible job seekers access to a variety of programs to help with job searches and/ or to find funding for education and training opportunities.
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 assists job seekers to assess skills, create a career plan, search for jobs, explore education and training options and, when available and appropriate, can assist in paying for training. Training could include occupational or skills training including on the job training. The WIOA Adult Program prioritizes services for individuals who are low income, receiving public assistance, who may have a wide variety of barriers to employment and who do not have the skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program assists workers who lose their jobs or have their work hours reduced as a result of increased imports, or whose jobs were exported offshore. TAA 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.
The Manufacturing Skills Initiative (MSI) Program is a workforce training partnership between Greenfield Community College, the MHFH Workforce Board, the MHFHCC, 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. The Advanced Manufacturing Training Program includes a 4 week Foundational Manufacturing (FM) Program and an 8 week Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operator component.