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Staff Forum: An Inclusive Somerville
Member Forum: Access to Good Jobs
First Source News
Job Policy Updates
Hellos and Goodbyes
Personal Finance Tools for You

Seeking Career Coach
SCC seeks a Career Coach to join our Economic Opportunity team through the First Source Jobs Program.
The Career Coach will work directly with job seekers to provide 
soft skills training; access to other SCC programming, such as financial literacy and leadership development;  referrals to other wrap around services provided by our community partners; and

one-on-one coaching from job search through post-placement. Read more. 


CPA Seeks Applicants
The City of Somerville is accepting applications through August 3rd for a position on the Community Preservation Committee. CPA oversees the selection of projects to be recommended for funding by an estimated $2 million in annual Community Preservation Act (CPA) revenues.  Learn more.

SCA LE Students Explore 
Budgeting and Saving
SCC  Asset Building Specialist Janine Lotti facilitated a special onsite Financial Literacy class for a  group of SCALE  students.  Each student developed financial management goals. Read more.

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While much of the focus on retaining the socioeconomic, ethnic, linguistic and racial diversity of Somerville is appropriately on ensuring affordable housing, this month's SCC eNews emphasizes the importance of ensuring a strong workforce development system as well. 

With escalating housing costs, access to a good job is necessary to prevent displacement. You can read about the latest developments in the push for a comprehensive, adequately funded workforce development system in this issue. 

Also check out our new feature "What's New Around Somerville," and consider applying for a position on the Community Preservation Committee. You will also want to note some excellent online personal finance tools that we use in our Financial Literacy classes. And join us in greeting new staff as we say farewell to some SCC stars. 

As always, we appreciate your feedback on our work.  And thanks to each of you for all you do for SCC. 

Until Next Time,
SCC CEO Daniel LeBlanc

An Inclusive Somerville
SCC Deputy Director Meridith Levy writes, "Somerville is on the path of economic and job growth. Between 2005 and 2015, Somerville experienced a 24.5% growth in jobs, compared to 12.2% growth in the (rest of the) Metro North region." 

But will Somerville's low- and moderate-income population occupy a prominent position in the City's economic future? 

A cohesive workforce system is needed to make sure the answer is a resounding, Yes. Read more.

Member Forum: Access to Good Jobs 
  Four SCC members, including the president of our Board, recently drafted  an insightful piece that looks at why a targeted, well-funded workforce development initiative is a key component of fighting displacement in the City's neighborhoods. 

"When we talk about displacement in Somerville, most people think about affordable housing. But as escalating housing costs far outpace incremental wage increases, it's obvious that access to a good job is as important to preventing displacement as access to stable housing." Read more.

Job Policy Updates
On June 22, 2017, the Somerville Board of Aldermen unanimously approved Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone's request to appropriate and expend $50,000 from the Workforce Training Stabilization Fund for one year of funding for First Source Workforce Readiness programming.

Hellos and Goodbyes
Mary Ann Sclafani (l)
As we welcome new managers to our organization -- Director of Finance Ray Estrella and First Source Jobs Program Manager Blake Roberts-Crall -- we say farewell to two SCC superstars of the past decade. 

Mary Ann Sclafani (photo left), who has quietly served behind the scenes as our business manager for 15 years, is retiring to spend more time with her family, especially her beloved grandchildren.  

Thais DeMarco
Thais DeMarco, who managed our Economic Opportunity team is expanding her business

Join the Financial Literati with SCC's Personal Finance Tools
SCC provides a range of Financial Literacy tools for people attending our classes of the same name. Now these tools are available to you. Check them out and learn how to:
  • Create a sustainable budget.
  • Understand the ins and outs of establishing and maintaining good credit.
  • Develop a consistent, comprehensive savings regimen.

As always, we appreciate feedback. Be sure to join us on Facebook & Twitter for the most current info on what we're up to and how to get involved. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon! 

Daniel LeBlanc
Somerville Community Corporation