AUGUST 2021 NEWSLETTER
Client Success Story
Raju M., JVS Bridges to College & Careers Alum
All of Raju’s hard work paid off!

In July 2019, Raju enrolled in the JVS Bridges to College & Careers (BTC) Business/ Technology Pathway. By December 2020, he had successfully completed his certificate in Health Information Technology at Bunker Hill Community College. Raju also worked as a server at a Boston area hotel to support himself while he furthered his education. Unfortunately, like many other hospitality employees, Raju was laid off due to the pandemic.
Working closely with his JVS job coach, he signed up for unemployment insurance and began his new job search. To increase his chances and give him a competitive edge, he also enrolled and completed a Google certificate in Technical Support Fundamentals.

In January 2021, Raju accepted a contract job as a Desktop Support Technician. While he was thrilled to get this position, he knew he wanted and needed a permanent job to support himself and his family. With patience and persistence, Raju found a permanent role as a Field Service Technician with NCR Corporation in June 2021! Congratulations, Raju!
Responses to Catapult Revisited *
Rethinking Workforce Development in Light of the Pandemic by John O’Leary, Senior Manager, Deloitte Center for Government Insights
Catapult Expanded by Navjeet Singh, Former SVP, National Fund for Workforce Solutions; Independent Consultant
Essential Workers Deserve Quality Jobs by MJ Ryan, Senior Director, Workforce Development & Economic Opportunity, Mass General Brigham
Catapult Principles in Action in Chelsea by Philip White, Workforce Development Manager, La Colaborativa
Catapult on Campus by Nate Mackinnon, Executive Director, Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges
Characteristics of Success by Paul Osterman, Professor, MIT Sloan School
Boston Business Journal Op-Ed:
Mass. needs a workforce and economic-equity vaccine
By Tonja Mettlach | Jerry Rubin | Aug 12, 2021, 2:40pm EDT
Mohamed immigrated from Morocco to Boston in 2016 and began working in a downtown hotel. As his English improved, he was able to move from the back of the house to doorman, earning a good salary. When his hotel closed in March 2020, he re-examined his career path.

Susana lost her position in a leading suburban restaurant that laid off three-quarters of its staff. She had climbed the career ladder to be a sous chef, with aspirations to become a chef. In January, after struggling to keep up with expenses even with extended unemployment insurance, she reached out to the North Shore MassHire Career Center, and received help to transfer her skills to a new position in a hospital dietary department.

September Holidays & Office Closures
JVS will be closed on the following days:
  • Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 7th and Wednesday, September 8th in observance of Rosh Hashanah
  • (Early Closure) Wednesday, September 15th in observance of Kol Nidre
  • Thursday, September 16th in observance of Yom Kippur

We would like to wish all those celebrating the Jewish High Holidays a happy and healthy New Year.