Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Business/Economic Development: Employment and Training

A21 Department of Career Services

A22 Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board

A23 Commonwealth Corporation

A24 Rapid Response Teams

A21 Department of Career Services (DCS)
Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-5300
E-mail: DCSFeedback@MassMail.State.MA.US

Formerly the Division of Employment and Training, DCS administers the federal Job Training Partnership Act, which replaced the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). Eligible persons, i.e. economically disadvantaged individuals, dislocated workers, and others who face significant employment barriers are referred to the appropriate Service Delivery Area agency (usually a community-based organization or agency) by the division. Through its partnership with the State Workforce Investment Board and the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research (MISER), a Placement Accountability System (PAS) was created via the World Wide Web to link data on completions in training and education programs with data on the workforce. An individual who completes a training or education program is matched to workforce or education data to determine wage and employment status, and/or participation in further education. PAS is based on a series of legislation. Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 62E, Section 12 as amended in 1993 authorizes the matching of databases necessary to achieve PAS. The 1974 Family Education Privacy Rights Act allows the use of individual level student record data for purposes of program evaluation. Both the 1990 Student Right-to-Know Act and the 1992 Re-Authorization of Higher Education Act of 1965 requires states to provide basic educational outcomes information such as as graduation and placement rates. Other functions of DET include: collecting unemployment insurance contributions from Massachusetts employers distributing unemployment insurance benefits to workers who have become unemployed through no fault of their own; providing quality employment and referral to training services for job seekers and recruiting qualified candidates for employers; and conducting economic research; projecting employment growth; collecting data from the business community; and analyzing and disseminating state and local labor market information.For a description of other functions of DET and other training programs, see Employment, Section F.

A22 Massachusetts Workforce Development Board
Department of Workforce Development
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-7112

Formerly the State Workforce Investment Board, the Massachusetts Workforce Development Board serves as the Governor's principal advisory board on workforce development. The Workforce Development Board is charged with developing plans and policies, which are approved by the Governor, to coordinate services through One-Stop Career Centers and workforce boards.The reconstituted board will consist of 17 business representatives and seven workforce representatives including two representatives from labor, one of which is chosen from the National Association of Government Employees; and four from community-based organizations. The board will also have four executive branch representatives from the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and Executive Office of Education. The governor or a designee, two state legislators and two local government representatives will also sit on the board, which will be chaired by a member of the business representation.

A23 Commonwealth Corporation
Two Oliver Street, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Tel: 617-727-8158

The Commonwealth Corporation, formerly the Corporation for Business, Work, and Learning, provides employment and training programs for laid-off workers, training for incumbent workers and promotes modernization and economic growth, career development, education, and opportunities for youth.
The Trust
provides financial consulting, working capital, and equipment loans and guarantees to small and medium-sized manufacturing firms.
The Massachusetts Extension Partnership (MassMep),1-800-MEP-4 MFG (637-4634), provides oversight of the state's industrial extension service for small and medium-sized manufacturers.

Regional Office:
Four Bay Road
Building A, Suite 100
Hadley, MA 01035
Tel: 413-584-3627

A24 Massachusetts Rapid Response Teams
Department of Career Services
Department of Workforce Development
19 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-626-5703
Fax: 617-727-8671

Massachusetts Rapid Response Team is a workforce development service of the Division of Career Services. It helps those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own because their company is closing or preparing for a substantial layoff. The services include: career counseling, writing a new resume, discovering new job skills, upgrading present skills, changing careers, becoming a consultant and starting a new business. The office can help people discover their options after being laid off and refer them to the appropriate Worker Assistance Center/Career Center in their community, or public school or college. The centers' resources such as computers, telephones, copy and fax machines, and newspapers can also be used. For information on regional offices call, or visit their website.

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