and Nancy Quinn spend every day helping
displaced workers re-enter the workforce
"We help them find the best path from where
they are in their careers, to where they want
to be. That can include guiding them to one
of MCC's programs, or to other programs or
resources outside of Middlesex."
originally started in 2012 as part of the
Massachusetts Community Colleges &
Workforce Development Transformation
Agenda. This innovative initiative was
funded by a $20 million Trade Adjustment
Assistance Community College and Career
Training (TAACCT) Grant from the U.S.
Department of Labor, Employment &
and its two full-time positions is now
incorporated into the college and operating
through the Office of Admissions.
their offices on the Lowell campus, and one of
three local career centers: The Career Place in
Woburn, Career Source in Cambridge, and the
Career Center of Lowell.
because they were unexpectedly laid off and
they need to pay bills and put food on the
table," said Quinn. "We help connect them to
the resources to do exactly that."
case-by-case basis, listening and connecting
each unemployed or under-employed individual
with the resources they need to get back to
into an educational setting, including
supporting students through the application
and financial aid process. They also help
familiarize students with support services,
such as tutoring, advising and disability
services. They even provide referrals to other
community resources inside and outside the
college that can enhance student success.
credit or noncredit certificate programs, which
offer many students a quick and efficient way
to get the education and hands-on training
they need to get back to work immediately.
"Your level of experience in a particular field
may be great, but workers in today's economy
are finding they need the credentials to back it
enroll in a certificate program," she added.
Fisher. "We help so many different types of
people veterans home from deployment who
are wondering what's next. We have helped
mothers who want to return to the workforce
after raising their children, employees looking
to upgrade their skills to stay current in their
industries, and those who have been working
for a long time but who suddenly find
themselves in need of a job, but don't know
where to begin."
is exactly the situation Julia Finley, of
Watertown, found herself in when she began