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Testifying for Workforce Development
First Source Celebrates Second Anniversary
Advanced Manufacturing Program Graduates

Member Forum

Laurie S. Goldman, Ph.D
Member, Jobs for Somerville

Laurie writes, "SCC's affordable housing production is helping many low- and moderate-income families remain in the city." 

But even recent affordable housing victories aren't enough for everyone to afford to stay in Somerville unless incomes increase enough for people to pay the rent or buy a home. 

Laurie tells us that the City predicts that development will bring  30,000 new jobs to Somerville by the year 2030. And she warns that many longtime residents will not benefit from those opportunities unless barriers to employment are dismantled by initiatives like SCC's  First Source Jobs Program. 

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The focus of this issue of the SCC eNews is on jobs for our city's residents  jobs that offer a living wage with opportunities for growth. SCC is well-known for our path-breaking efforts to maintain and increase affordable housing in Somerville. 

However, many of the city's residents are unaware of the fact that SCC has spent more than a decade creating programs that help residents remain and thrive in Somerville through good jobs and asset building. 

SCC member Laurie S. Goldman in A Community-Centered Jobs Strategy shares that Jobs for Somerville is helping to bring new jobs our way through organizing efforts that result in initiatives like our First Source Jobs Program. Also, check out the article Local Jobs for Local Residents, which looks at what First Source participants have accomplished as the program celebrates its second year anniversary. 

From all of us at SCC, thank you for your support.

Testifying for Workforce Development Funding 
Members of Jobs for Somerville
On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, over 15 SCC members attended the City's public budget hearing at City Hall to support funding for workforce development and job training programs like First Source. 
Five of our members testified in front of a packed room, calling for the city to make good on its commitment to fund these types of initiatives. Read more.  

First Source Celebrates Its Second Year of
Success for Somerville Residents 
The First Source Program, a partnership between SCC, the City of Somerville and local employers, is celebrating its second anniversary
To date, 380 Somerville residents have been served by the program, with hundreds attending our job-readiness and workers' rights workshops, and many of these local residents are finding employment opportunities in their home community. 
Learn how the program changed three participants' careers . Read more.

Advanced Manufacturing Program
Graduates the First Class
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016,15 graduates of the  Advanced Manufacturing Training Program  received their diplomas at City Hall, certifying completion by the program's first matriculating class. 
The students completed 150 hours of machining training, CAD software training and basic welding. They can now enter a field in which starting wages range from $12 to $16 an hour, and the average annual salary for experienced workers is $75,000.

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Daniel LeBlanc
Somerville Community Corporation