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NScNE Metro Tech and Draper Laboratories host Science and Engineering Career Panel for High School Girls (May 2018)

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On May 10th, 2018 in partnership with Northeast Metro Technical High School in Wakefield, the REB coordinated female engineers from Draper Laboratories in Cambridge, MA to provide STEM exploration and immersion activities during the school’s 9th grade Exploratory Program. The female Science and Engineering Career Panel targeted 9th grade females with the goal to provide exposure to STEM careers and encourage selection of a non-traditional shop pathway for grades 10-12.  150 9th grade girls along with 35 female 11th graders with college ambitions had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about career opportunities in engineering.  Each Draper Engineer gave a short presentation on their background, why they chose their field, the benefits of a STEM career, and the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated industry.  Students were broken up into small groups so that there would be time to answer all of their questions.  Before each session, students were given a pre-test asking what STEM means and if they can identify a STEM job title among others. Students were given the same test following the panel discussion and all students were able to identify specific job titles in the STEM fields.





Draper Engineers Else Vedula, Tina Lung, Sabrina Mansur, Ina Duka Shollo present on their work for 9th grade females at NE Metro Tech




Draper Engineers Sabrina Mansur, Ina Duka Shollo, and Tina Lung answer a student’s question after the panel




Draper Engineers Sabrina Mansur, Else Vedula, and  Ina Duka Shollo interact with students after their presentations.




Urban Agenda Grant Announcement (February 2018)



On Monday, February 12th, 2018, REB President and CEO Sunny Schwartz attended an event at Revere City Hall at which Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced the nine grant recipients of the Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda Grant Program. The City of Revere, in partnership with The Neighborhood Developers, the REB, and the Metro North Career Centers, was awarded a $50,000 grant to support an economic and workforce development project related to the hospitality sector. This was the only grant awarded in Metro North.


The Commonwealth’s Urban Agenda Grant Program is focused on promoting economic vitality and cultivating safer, stronger urban neighborhoods across Massachusetts. For more information on the Urban Agenda program, please visit:


NECAT Everett Culinary Program Kickoff (January 2018)



On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, REB President and CEO Sunny Schwartz and Director of Strategic Program Innovation Chris Albrizio-Lee joined Everett city and school officials, Wynn Boston Harbor representatives, Mass Gaming Commission staff, and local reporters for a kick-off event launching the New England Center for Arts and Technology’s (NECAT) culinary arts pilot program in Everett. This program is supported by a grant from the Mass. Gaming Commission’s 2017 Community Mitigation Fund Workforce Development Pilot Program. This project replicates NECAT’s successful Boston-based culinary arts training program in Everett in response to the workforce needs of Wynn Boston Harbor and other employers impacted by the new gaming facility. NECAT will train 40 participants across two cycles in fiscal year 2018.


News from our Board - Jobs Linkage and Housing Linkage in Somerville!

The REB is thrilled to share this news from our Board Member, Danny LeBlanc, Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Corporation:

"[On December 12, 2017], the [Somerville] Board of Aldermen passed the People’s Proposal for Jobs and Housing Linkage by 9-0! This was the proposal that AHOC and Jobs for Somerville developed, collected signatures, testified for, and called our aldermen about to build their support. It was submitted as a citizen’s petition to ensure that the highest recommended linkage fees were approved, instead of a proposal with lower fees that was recommended by the administration.


Winning the higher housing linkage fee is important because the affordable housing crisis has gotten much more acute since the last increase five years ago.  Winning the higher jobs linkage fee is particularly meaningful because it is a campaign we began working on 5 years ago. In 2013, the City commissioned a study that recommended a jobs linkage fee. The board of aldermen voted for a jobs linkage fee, but it took two home rule petitions and lots of hard work by the Somerville community and our State delegation to get it approved by the Massachusetts Legislature and the governor. Then, SCC members served on the job linkage advisory committee to help determine the amount of the fee.


[This] vote means that at least 200 additional people will receive job training support and at least 15 families will get affordable housing because of additional payments from developers! It also means that Union Square developer US2 will be required to contribute linkage money at these higher rates, without the City or the community facing the loss of any of the developer's other contributions.


All commercial developers building more than 30,000 square feet will be required to pay $10 per square foot into the Somerville Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and all commercial developers building more than 15,000 square feet will be required to pay $2.46 into the new Somerville Job Creation and Retention Trust Fund. The board did decide that the job linkage payments will come in two installments, one with the building permit and one with certificate of occupancy. We had advocated for all of the linkage money to be paid up front when the building permit is issued, which would have meant more resources to train community members before commercial tenants begin hiring. But we now have a new resource for job training and workforce development that did not exist before.


Our next step is to work on the creation of the Job Creation and Retention Trust Fund, and make sure that the trustees are committed to ensuring good jobs for residents at risk of displacement.


If you’d like to stay involved in [SCC's] campaigns for affordable housing and good jobs, please check out AHOC and Jobs for Somerville! Contact René at 617-410-9913 or


THANK YOU so much to everyone who testified, met with aldermen, and attended meetings. This is your victory!"


Those With Drive Find Jobs That Deliver (October 14, 2017) -


Boston Globe article Quotes REB Member James Donovan

"Trucking is a job they can't send overseas," Donovan says.

Read the full article here:  Boston Globe - Those With Drive Find Jobs That Deliver


Manufacturing Training Grants Announced -   REB Awarded $465,300. (October 2017)

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta announced the next set of Manufacturing Training grants awarded by the EOHED on Tuesday, October 17th, 2017. The Metro North Regional Employment Board (MNREB) was awarded $465,300. Accepting the award on behalf of the MNREB and the Northeast Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) was Robin Dion, NAMC Consortium Manager. This award will support Advanced Manufacturing Training programs through partnerships with NAMC, Center for Manufacturing Technology (CMT) and the Essex County Community Organization (ECCO). Additionally, the MNREB will leverage this grant to increase Workforce Pipeline Development and Job Placement.









Advanced Manufacturing Training Program Graduation at Bunker Hill Community College (June 2017) 

Twenty students received certificates in machining and electronics during a graduation ceremony for the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program conducted by the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), a partnership of the Metro North Regional Employment Board,  Greater Lowell Workforce Development Board, North Shore Workforce Investment Board, and Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board.   The training program was led by Bunker Hill Community College in partnership with Somerville High School-Center for Technical Education and Medford Technical High School, who delivered the machining and electronic Shop components of this training respectively. The program was funded through grants provided by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the U.S. Department of Labor. “Our partnerships – and relationships – with community colleges, vocational schools, workforce development boards, and career centers are strong. It was a lot of effort on everyone’s part, but the results are astounding,” said Robin Dion, Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Manager. Graduates of the Advanced Manufacturing Training Program completed more than 400 hours of training in basic machining or electronics. They gained hands-on experience to begin careers in the high-demand manufacturing industry, including working in aerospace, defense, medical devices, computers and electronics. More than a third of the students had found jobs before they graduated, and the rest should be employed short. The training program has a placement rate over 80%.








REB visits Teamsters Local 25 Driver Training in Tewksbury (April, 2017)


On April 25, 2017, Sunny Schwartz, REB Executive Director, and Chris Albrizio Lee, Director of Strategic Program Innovation, visited the Teamsters Local 25 Driver Training in Tewksbury run by REB Member, Jim Donovan.  The program is the only approved apprenticeship program for commercial truck drivers in Massachusetts and is the first apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Labor for the Teamsters Union Nationwide. Sunny even got a truck driving lesson!






Sunny Schwartz, REB Executive Director, spoke on a Retail Panel at the National Association of Workforce Boards national conference (March, 2017)







Sunny Schwartz, REB Executive Director, spoke on a panel at the National Association of Workforce Boards national conference in Washington, DC on March 27, 2017. The workshop was entitled “Re-Imagine Retail: How to Grow Your Retail Workforce.” Sunny joined two other workforce boards, the Chicago Cook County Workforce Partnership, and the funder Walmart Giving to share best practices in retail job training programs and how to best support job seekers and workers on a career path in the retail industry.



REB to Host Information Session on MA Workforce Training Fund Program, Feb 23, 2017 (February, 2017)

The REB is pleased to announce that it will host an information on the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP).  This program provides funds/resources to Massachusetts businesses and labor organizations to train current and newly hired employees and assist in upgrading the skills of their workers. The program funds projects that: promote job growth, job retention, increase wages, improve productivity, and competitiveness.   The session will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 8:30-10:30am, at the Metro North REB,186 Alewife Brook Parkway Suite 216, Cambridge.  To register, please visit:


Metro North REB Awarded $500,000 to Build Capacity Between Hardware Startups and Advanced Manufacturing Companies in the Northeast Region of MA (January, 2017)

CAMBRIDGE, MA –The Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) and its partners announced today it has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Commerce to support capacity building efforts in the areas of product development and manufacturing in the Northeast region of Massachusetts. 

The grant is part of a $15 million national investment to promote innovation, and to create and expand cluster-focused, proof-of-concept and commercialization programs, and early-stage seed capital funds through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program. When announcing the 35 grants that were awarded to organizations across the country, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker remarked, “The RIS program advances innovation and capacity-building activities in regions across the country by addressing two essential core components that entrepreneurs need to take their ideas to market: programmatic support and access to capital… as America’s Innovation Agency, the Commerce Department has a key role to play in supporting the visionaries and job creators of tomorrow.”

The three-year, $500,000 grant awarded to the Metro North REB will support an initiative titled “Form to Factory: Supporting Advanced Manufacturing in Massachusetts’ Northeast Region.” The project will establish and strengthen linkages between an emerging hardware startup cluster and an established advanced manufacturing cluster, both located within the target region of Middlesex and Essex Counties. While the manufacturing companies within this area comprise 47 percent of the state’s manufacturing workforce, they face significant entry-level labor shortages. Through implementing a comprehensive strategy that includes establishing internships at hardware startups, the partnership will also develop a broader interest among area students to pursue careers in both clusters.

The initiative will be led by the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), the Greentown Labs Manufacturing Initiative, and the City of Somerville who will establish and collaborate with a standing Hardware Advisory Committee comprised of stakeholders in both the hardware startup and manufacturing industries. The specific goals of this collaboration are to:

  • Develop internship opportunities for STEM students enrolled in area colleges and technical schools, and providing cash grants for jobs and internship placements;
  • Hire and Place Engineers-in-Residence at local startup support networks to help young companies learn and grow in the metro north region;
  • Host technical assistance services at the Somerville Fab Lab; and
  • Provide matchmaking services between hardware startups and manufacturers.

 “This grant will allow us along with our partners at NAMC and Greentown Labs to develop and provide advanced educational and career opportunities for residents of Somerville as well as the Metro North region,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “This is a win-win. It will benefit our regional economy to connect the research and development cluster in Somerville to the growing manufacturing resources in the region. And it will benefit workers throughout Metro North with the training they need to meet the demands and seize the job opportunities of the quickly evolving manufacturing industry.”

The project seeks to have a significant impact by providing 2,400 hours of technical assistance to at least 30 startup companies, resulting in 22 concepts nurtured into prototypes. At the same time, 80 established manufacturing firms will be introduced to at least 110 hardware startup companies, resulting in at least 32 production contracts. Finally, it will provide internship opportunities for 24 students, resulting in an expanded talent pool for future new hires at both startups and established manufacturers. The project plans to produce 27 new jobs and $2 million in new revenues for advanced manufacturers and hardware startups combined over the three year grant period, followed by further growth in both jobs and company revenues in the years beyond the grant.

“The Greentown Labs Manufacturing Initiative is proud to participate in such an important program for our region’s startups and manufacturers,” said Micaelah Morrill, Director of the Manufacturing Initiative at Greentown Labs. “Our Initiative was founded two years ago to close the gap between startups and manufacturers throughout Massachusetts and to encourage more collaboration between the two. We’re eager to work with NAMC to help build on the work the City of Somerville has already done as an incredible champion for both startups and manufacturers.”

“We are incredibly proud of this strong partnership’s achievement, and we are confident it will invigorate economic growth and job creation in the region,” added Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash.  “Our administration is committed to the future of manufacturing in Massachusetts, and this award reaffirms the strategies we’ve put into place, as it builds off our two grants to Somerville High through our Urban Agenda program and Skills Capital Awards, which laid the groundwork for Somerville’s Fab Lab to become a regional powerhouse for job training and innovation.”

For updates on the status of the “Form to Factory” initiative, please visit the Metro North Regional Employment Board’s website at To learn more about the EDA’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program, please visit


Career Source Hosts Successful Veteran Opportunity Day (Dec. 2016)

Over twenty local veterans recently attended an event at Career Source to learn about current employment opportunities, training in advanced manufacturing, and other services for veterans and their families. The program included a hiring component with representatives from Home Depot, the U.S. Postal Service, Greater Lynn Senior Services, Integral Resources, and the United Parcel Service, who hired two veterans on the spot. Also in attendance were representatives from several organizations who provided information about the services they offer to veterans. Guest speakers included George O’Connor, Assistant Commissioner for Regulatory & Veterans Affairs at the Mass. Department of Higher Education; Elizabeth Hart, Executive Director for Tailored for Success; and Robin Dion, Manufacturing Consortium Manager at the Metro North Regional Employment Board. Veterans Inc., New England Center & Home for Veterans, and the Volunteers of America were also on hand to chat with veterans about their services.

NAMC Receives Partnership of the Year Award (Nov. 2016)

The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) was recently presented with the 2016 Workforce Training Partnership of the Year Award at the 7th Annual MA Jobs and Workforce Summit, hosted by the Workforce Solutions Group, at the Devens Commons on October 26, 2016. Governor Charlie Baker, Congressman Seth Moulton, Secretary Ron Walker, and over 300 business, labor, education, and workforce leaders gathered to discuss employment and training strategies for the Commonwealth. Susan Quinones, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Workforce Professionals Association (MWPA) and Bob Bauer, Massachusetts AFL-CIO, presented the award to Brian Norris, Director of the Consortium, during a reception at the Summit. For more information about NAMC, please visit:

Metro North REB Releases One-Stop Career Center Operator RFP

The Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) announces the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to select a One-Stop Career Center operator(s) for Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).  This RFP is for the provision of comprehensive job seeker and business/employer services within the Metro North Region under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and other funds. To download the RFP and access all related information, please visit:

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $2.4 Million in Workforce Training Grants (Sept, 2016)

The Baker-Polito Administration has awarded more than $2.4 million in workforce training fund grants to 25 companies to train current or newly hired workers. This round of grant funding will help train 2,162 workers, and is expected to create 263 new jobs. The Workforce Training Fund is a key resource to thousands of Massachusetts workers who wish to advance their skills to achieve promotional opportunities and higher wages. For more information, please visit:

Metro North Regional Employment Board Receives $400,000 Grant to Strengthen Retail Industry Career Services in the Metro North Region (Funding is part of a $10.9 million grant awarded to The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership from the Walmart Foundation)

Cambridge, MA, Sept. 7, 2016 – Today, the Walmart Foundation announced that the Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB) has been selected to receive a $400,000 grant from The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) as part of an effort to increase the economic mobility of workers in retail and adjacent sectors in the 20 cities and towns that comprise the Metro North Region, and around the U.S. [Click to download full PDF]

Commonwealth Corporation Launches Working on Wellness (WOW) Program for MA Employers

The WOW program is a statewide worksite wellness program sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   The program is offering up to $10,000 in seed funding and training to help Massachusetts employers build a fun and effective wellness program unique to each individual workplace. Worksite wellness programs can lower healthcare spending and lead to healthier, happier and more productive employees. Working on Wellness is a program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, developed and managed in partnership with Health Resources in Action and Advancing Wellness. Funding is provided by the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund as established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012. For more information and to apply, please visit the Working on Wellness website.


Metro North STEM Network and Boston PIC Receive STEM Education Award (August, 2016)

The Metro North REB is pleased to announce that in partnership with Boston Private Industry Council, the Metro North STEM Network has received a grant from the Commonwealth to promote and coordinate STEM activities among education, community, and industry leaders both in Boston and in the Metro North communities of Revere, Everett, Chelsea, and Lynn.  Please click here to learn more.

Advanced Manufacturing Networking Event Sparks Conversation, Connections

The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) and Middlesex Community College (MCC) recently joined forces to host a unique networking event focused on the advanced manufacturing industry in northeastern Massachusetts.  Held on May 17, 2016 at the MCC Campus Center, the event brought together over 115 individuals who are interested in exploring job opportunities and careers, with employers from various sectors within the advanced manufacturing industry. The employers represented a wide range of industry leaders, including:  ABIOMED, Boston Centerless, Essco Calibration Laboratory, General Electric, Laser Services, Microline Surgical, Sekisui Voltek, Paradigm Precision, Smyth Companies, LLC Dow Division, Xperttech, and WestRock.  To help ensure a successful session for all, the event was preceded by an Industry Briefing conducted with three manufacturing employees highlighting their backgrounds and their manufacturing career success stories. Additionally, the panel included representatives from six advanced manufacturing companies, who shared their individual perspectives on the industry, opportunities, and keys for success. The event then transitioned to a “speed-networking” format, as employers rotated from one table of job seekers/career explorers to the next, at timed intervals.  According to employer and participant feedback, the conversations were highly informative and engaging, and many participants exchanged business cards and resumes for follow up discussion.  For more information about NAMC, and to learn about upcoming NAMC events, please visit:

Sunny Schwartz Named New REB Executive Director (May, 2016)


The REB Executive Committee is delighted to announce that following a comprehensive search, Sunny Schwartz has been selected to serve as the REB’s new Executive Director. Sunny will succeed Linda Bass, who has recently retired after 27+ years of dedicated service with the REB.


Sunny's extensive experience in workforce development includes establishing and cultivating strong employer partnerships, serving key roles in the areas of non-profit management and leadership, and developing programs in adult basic education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and workforce training. She has also partnered with various officials to increase funding and support of such initiatives. Sunny has worked for the state’s quasi-public workforce development agency, Commonwealth Corporation, and for the past eleven years has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Asian American Civic Association in Boston. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Working with the Board, staff and partners, Sunny’s skills and commitment will support the REB in its next phase under the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. On her new role, she comments, “I am thrilled to join the team of the Metro North REB and to work with the talented staff and Board to reduce unemployment and poverty in the region while addressing businesses critical workforce needs.”

Board Elects New Chair, Vice Chair (May, 2016)

The REB is pleased to announce that REB members Sandra Smith of Microsoft, and Lisa Amaya Price of Biogen Idec, have been elected to the positions of REB Chair, and Vice Chair, respectively. 

Sandra Smith, REB Chair, is the Site Human Resources Leader for Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center, affectionately known as the NERD. Sandra has 20+ years of HR/talent experience in life sciences and high tech industries, working for both start-up and multinational companies. She is passionate about developing people, teams and organizations. She has an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard College and is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School Greater Boston Executive Program. She founded the Kendall Square High Tech HR Forum and serves on the Women@NERD Board. Sandra is a mom of three and who loves to garden, refurbish things, and needs “bubble tea” on a hard day.  From Sandra: “I am excited and honored to serve as the Chair with Sunny, Lisa, the MNREB, staff members, and our many partners to develop and support win-win approaches that will serve both those who are un/underemployed in our region, and the local economy.”

Lisa Amaya Price, REB Vice Chair, is Senior Director, Human Resources Business Leader at Biogen, where since 2012 she has led HR for the company’s medical affairs function, made up of over 500 employees in 29 countries. Lisa is incredibly inspired by working at the intersection of business and inclusion, and grateful for the many opportunities she has had to do this kind of work at Biogen.  Prior to her current role, she held the position of director of global talent acquisition programs. In prior roles at Biogen, she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic talent acquisition programs including university relations, onboarding, contingent workforce management, employer marketing strategy, global mobility and talent acquisition operations.  In 2011, Lisa cofounded Biogen’s Women’s Innovation Network and launched the company’s first Diversity & Inclusion function. Lisa joined Biogen in 2008 as the lead global HR Business Partner for Information Technology, Supply Chain, Engineering, and Technical Development. Prior to Biogen, Lisa held HR leadership roles with global companies in the media & communications and high technology industries, including positions with Weber Shandwick, Metro International, and Keane, Inc.  In addition to her HR career, Lisa spent several years teaching English and playing music around the world.  She received her MBA, summa cum laude, in global management from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College in 2005, and also holds an MA in Teaching from Simmons College in Boston, MA. She received her BA in Music, summa cum laude, from Bard College.

Welcome Returning REB Member, Antonio de la Serna! (March, 2016)

The REB is very pleased to announce that Antonio de La Serna, who previously served as Vice Chair of the Metro North REB, has recently returned as a member of the Board.  Antonio is a research and development engineer at DRAPER.  He holds an MSEE from the University of California, Davis and is a California Predoctoral Fellow and a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow. Antonio has worked for several high-tech companies in the semiconductor market in both the U.S. and Canada, and he founded Simile, a consulting and research company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Antonio has published a dozen technical papers in digital signal processing and has developed inventions in bioinformatics, hardware security, compiler design, and reconfigurable computing.  In 2011, Antonio was nominated for the 2011 Musoff Mentor Award and for the Task Leader of the Year at DRAPER.

Antonio serves on the Steering Committee of the IEEE Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems and is the Co-Chair of IEEE MWSCAS 2017, to be held in Boston and co-hosted by Tufts University and DRAPER. After founding two professional chapters and four student chapters of MAES: Latinos in Science & Engineering, Antonio served as the Region 4 Vice President on the MAES National Board of Directors in 2012. Antonio is a recipient of the prestigious MAES Medalla de Oro.  Antonio was also a lead founder of the Massachusetts Council of STEM Professional Societies and has served as a Massachusetts delegate to the College and Career Readiness Workshop of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Antonio has participated in the Hispanic Advisory Committee of Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Boston, he has been a member of the Industry Advisory Council for Minority Education at MIT, and he currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Center for STEM Diversity at Tufts University.  Antonio previously served on the Industry Advisory Board of Beyond Benign, a green chemistry education nonprofit. Antonio is a past vice president of the Boston chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a past vice president of Engineers Week - New England, and has been a 27-year member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Beyond his distinguished engineering career, Antonio has also completed 17 marathons and several triathlons in the U.S. and Canada.

EOHED Awards Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium $220k (December 8, 2015)

The Metro North REB is pleased to announce that on December 3, 2015, the Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), in which the Metro North REB is a member, was awarded a $220k grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The Metro North REB will be the lead on this grant, which will be used to support the advanced manufacturing industry through increasing the pipeline of job seekers to emtering the Advanced Manufacturing industry. Part of a $1.5M program that has been awarded to ten workforce development teams from across Massachusetts, the grants will focus on specific demographic groups that experience higher than average unemployment rates, as well as those who are traditionally underrepresented in the manufacturing industry.  During the awards ceremony, Governor Baker remarked, “The Commonwealth continues to be a national leader in advanced manufacturing, and the sector is an important component of the state’s overall economic health…these grants will create additional opportunities for training and growth, and will help connect residents to good-paying jobs, while meeting the increasing demand for a skilled manufacturing workforce.”

Advanced Manufacturing Regional Meeting and Networking Event Drew Over 150 Industry Leaders and Job Seekers


The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC), of which the Metro North REB is a member, recently joined forces with the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC) to host a unique meeting and networking event focused on advanced manufacturing. This two-part event, held in Lowell, MA on October 26, 2015, convened over 100 leaders from throughout Northeastern Massachusetts to discuss strategies for creating a sustained and thriving manufacturing industry in Massachusetts, followed by a networking session in which over 60 job seekers attended. Pictured at left, NAMC Partners Mary Sarris, Gail Brown, Linda Bass and Rafael Abislaiman (l-r).

Kevin Murphy, manager of the City of Lowell, welcomed participants to the meeting portion of the event, followed by comments from Jacqueline Maloney, Chancellor of UMass Lowell, and Steven Tamasi of Boston Centerless and NAMC.  Ronald L. Walker III, Secretary, Executive Office of Labor and workforce Development, gave the keynote address. Three separate panel discussions explored the following subjects: The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium and its role in filling the workforce pipeline with skilled workers; Massachusetts Innovation Grants, a state initiative to help assist manufacturers working on product and process innovation; and practical information for employers regarding the Workforce Training Fund.   

Following the Regional Meeting, employers and job seekers met in a structured and timed group format.  Employers had the opportunity to discuss their companies and workforce needs; job seekers were invited to discuss their skills, ask questions, and distribute resumes. The event was part of a broader effort to promote sustained collaborations between industry, academia, and workforce development to provide sustained support to the manufacturing industry in northeastern Massachusetts. [Pictured at left, NAMC Consortium Manager Robin Dion (l) and Brian Norris].


The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium (NAMC) is a collaboration among industry, academia, and workforce development that was established to define and implement a strategy to meet the needs of the advanced manufacturing industry within the Northeast region of Massachusetts.  The Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative (AMC), established by the Patrick Administration, is a group comprised of leaders from industry, academia and government – to help inform, implement, and evaluate state policies to support the competitiveness of Massachusetts manufacturers. 



















Welcome New REB Member Valerie Sutton!

Valerie Sutton, Director of Career Services, Harvard Graduate School of Education, is a thought leader in career theory and student services in university settings. An experienced career coach within the MBA and education sectors, she has an expertise in applying research to practice, by utilizing technology to help create a "career consciousness" with her clients. As a Director of the Career Services Office, she has oversight of services that reach over 900 students annually at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Valerie's prior experience includes the Fox School of Business at Temple University, the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Valerie is qualified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, CareerLeader assessment, and has knowledge of the Strengthsfinder assessment. Her interest is in training and development of individuals and teams in managing their career progression and understanding market demands, as it relates to recruitment and retention of employees. Through the use of career theory and coaching techniques, her goal is to teach individuals to take the initiative and lead the success of their own career. Welcome Valerie!

New! Metro North STEM Network Brochure

The Metro North STEM Network is a strategic alliance between education, business, workforce development, and the community to promote a skilled and sustainable STEM Workforce in the region.  It is one of nine STEM Networks across the state that have been charged with promoting STEM careers, and coordinating the regional STEM activities in congruence with the MA STEM Plan 2.0, an initiative of the Governor’s STEM Avisory Council.  For more information, download the brochure.


New!  Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortium Brochure!

The Northeast Advanced Manufacturing Consortum (NAMC) is a collaboration among industry, academia, and workforce development that was established to define and implement strategies to meet the needs of the advanced manufacturing industry within the Northeast region of Massachusetts.  To learn more about NAMC's mission, partners, membership benefits for employers, and contact information, please visit the online brochure by clicking here.


Fifth Annual Metro North STEM Event a Huge Success! (May, 2015)

The Metro North Regional Employment Board, through its role as lead of the Metro North STEM Network, recently joined forces with Cambridge Science Festival recently joined forces to host the fifth annual Metro North STEM event, "From Classroom to Career: Discover In-Demand STEM Jobs and Career Pathways!"  Held at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center in Cambridge on April 23rd, the event brought together over 130 parents and children, as well as representatives from business, schools, training providers, community colleges, and career centers. Facebook’s Ryan Mack, as well as Daniel Theobald of Vecna, kicked off the events of the day with a welcome address, and were followed by speakers from local, cutting-edge companies including Microsoft, Biogen Idec, Google, and CDM Smith. In a timed, roundtable format, each professional spoke about what a typical day is like, career qualifications, and key job highlights and challenges. The positions represented at the event – which reflected the STEM areas of Information Technology; Life Sciences; Healthcare; Advanced Manufacturing; and Engineering – were chosen in large part because they are all currently in-demand in the region, and also each represent one step on a viable career pathway in STEM. The event was developed by REB Associate Director Meelynn Wong, with guidance and support from the Metro North STEM Network.  For more information about the Metro North STEM Network, please visit:

Metro North One-Stop Career Centers 2015 Legislative Report

Please click here to access the Metro North One-Stop Career Centers 2015 Legislative Report, which highlights the remarkable accomplishments of the Metro North One-Stop Career Centers.

MA Establishes Storm Loan Fund for Small Businesses

The Baker-Politico Administration has announced a lending program to help small business that may have lost revenue to due to the unprecedented recent storm and cold weather conditions. The low-interest loans will be range from $5k to $10k, and the total amount of funding available for this program is $1M. For the news release, please visit:  for information on applying, please visit:

DCS Awarded U.S. DOL Grant on Behalf of Metro North REB, and Central MA and North Central WIBs (February, 2015)

The REB is pleased to announce that the MA Department of Career Services (DCS) has recently been awarded a Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant, on behalf of the Metro North REB, the North Central MA WIB, and the Central MA WIB. The grant is part of a $15M U.S. Department of Labor program that is designed to support strategies that will serve to increase the number of people with disabilities who are engaged in the public workforce system. The REB will use its share of the grant, approximately $530k, to support workforce training and placement efforts for people with disabilities in the Metro North region. The REB’s workforce partners in this effort include the Metro North One-Stop Career Centers -- Career Source in Cambridge and Chelsea, and The Career Place in Woburn -- as well as Triangle, Inc., based in Malden.  These organizations will work in concert with local education providers, including Bunker Hill Community College, who will provide training, to approximately 100 individuals with disabilities, for positions within the growing sectors of hospitality and healthcare. The grant will address the employment needs of both young adults and adults.  With a focus on recruitment, case management, and placement, Triangle, Inc. will work with high school students to prepare them for their first career, and the Metro North One-Stop Career Centers will work with adults who are seeking employment.  The U.S. DOL established this program in 2014, citing the many untapped opportunities that exist for people with disabilities in today’s workforce.  In a May 2014 press release, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez stated, “People with disabilities have enormous contributions to make to our economy, and they are still disproportionately represented among the unemployed.”





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