Newsletter: February 2021
In collaboration with the Mass Technology Collaborative, there is a state-wide initiative, the Mass Internet Connect (MIC) program, designed to assist Massachusetts’ unemployed job seekers looking for work to gain internet access and equipment through the state’s network of Career CentersThe goal of MIC is to “Support internet connectivity across the Commonwealth to facilitate remote work and learning.”
 
MIC assists eligible unemployed job seekers who lack Internet connectivity, lack devices to connect to the Internet, or lack digital literacy.
 
Depending on location and individual circumstances, unemployed job seekers might be eligible to receive subsidized internet connectivity from Comcast, Spectrum, or Verizon, and either a refurbished lap top or new Chromebook. To participate, unemployed job seekers first must be members of a career center and then speak with a staff member to learn about program requirements.

To register for a Career Center Orientation, please call 413-532-4900, or visit the MHH website www.masshireholyoke.org. Current members of the career center are invited to call 413-532-4900, contact a staff member directly, or attend a no-appointment needed career counseling session as described below. 


NO APPOINTMENT CAREER COUNSELING
 
Did you know that MHH offers no appointment career counseling services, and that one does not need to be a current member of the career center to talk with a counselor? Do you have questions similar to these?

Education and Training Opportunities ESOL /GED / HiSet (Adult Basic Education), Resumes or Interviewing, community resources, job search opportunities; career exploration, or knowing what to do next!
 
No appointment career counseling is available: Tuesday’s, 9 AM to 10 AM, and Thursdays, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM. To meet with a counselor please go to the MHH website, www.masshireholyoke.org, or directly to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86974483692.
 
You will be in a waiting room until a career counselor is ready for you. Counseling sessions will be 10-15 minutes. Please also know that a DTA Representative also is available on Tuesday’s to answer questions. Click here to download a flyer.

VIRTUAL MANUFACTURING TRAINING
FREE CAREER PREPARATION PROGRAM
 
This is a great opportunity to get the no-cost training needed to obtain long-term, well-paying jobs in precision manufacturing, an exciting, major growth industry. Participants must be unemployed as a result of Covid 19, with, but not necessarily, some prior manufacturing experience. The first series of classes start in February and cover topics, such as, Careers in Manufacturing, Basic Manufacturing Standards, Manufacturing Processes, Basic Blue Print Reading, Quality Control, and Team building.

Requirements for participation include a High School Diploma, unemployed because of Covid, Internet connectivity and streaming capability, and an internet device for training, such as a laptop, chrome book, or tablet. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Kate Smith at ksmith@masshireholyoke.org, or 413-322-7162. Click here to download a flyer.

DON’T FORGET!
MassHire Holyoke Services are Available Remotely


It is easy to become a member of MassHire Holyoke. There are three primary access points to receive services. 
The first icon provides access for Unemployment Insurance Claimants to register for the RESEA Career Center seminar. The second icon provides the opportunity to become a career center member, and the third provides access to remote services available.