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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3110         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1720

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Gloria L. Fox and Benjamin Swan

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to investment in a transitional employment program for hard to employ adults.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Gloria L. Fox

7th Suffolk

Benjamin Swan

11th Hampden

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Elizabeth A. Malia

11th Suffolk


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 3110        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1720

By Representatives Fox of Boston and Swan of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1720) of Gloria L. Fox and others relative to investment in a transitional employment program for hard to employ adults.  Labor and Workforce Development. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2870 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to investment in a transitional employment program for hard to employ adults.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 23H of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after Section 11 the following:-

              Section 12.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, it shall be the policy of the Commonwealth to invest in and equip low-income, hard to place, out of work adults with job readiness skills and entry-level career competencies toward securing unsubsidized jobs.  The Department of Workforce Development shall coordinate with Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) on the New Careers transitional employment program, an employer-driven, competency-based approach to promoting employment in high-growth industry areas.  The Department shall assist ABCD to identify entry-level criteria, career ladders, and meaningful credentials.   The ABCD New Careers Program combines skills training case management, paid on-the-job experience, and college coursework in growing career fields that offer opportunities to move up the career ladder, including Early Childhood Education, Community Health Work, Elder Care, Medical Office Technology, and other emerging industries.

              The Department shall work with ABCD New Careers program to apply a consistent framework across the targeted industry areas, including individual assessment and service planning, “soft skills” job readiness, industry-recognized certifications, college credits toward a career-related degree, paid work experience, integration of classroom training and on-the-job experience,  intensive job development, case management, work supports, and wraparound services for the development of the overall family.

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