About STEMPower

The Massachusetts STEMPower Workforce Network (STEMPower Network)

The mission of the Massachusetts STEMPower Workforce Network is to efficiently build off the very successful multi-regional STEM grant funded by the Department of Labor.  The STEMPower Network expands many elements of the project throughout the State.  The DOL funded STEM initiative resulted in Career Center practices, procedures, and policies re-engineered to provide a sector-based approach to nearly all facets of the services offered to dislocated workers interested in employment and training in STEM careers with 344 of 356 participants completed training, 282 received a certificate or degree, and 300 were placed in jobs.  This approach also dovetails the sector design outlined in the recent USDOL Innovation grant proposal developed by the sixteen Workforce Regions.

            The STEMPower Network partners include the sixteen Local Workforce Investment Boards and their One-stop Career Centers led by the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board who had oversight of the DOL STEM grant, and several STEM related partners committed to developing a sustained skilled workforce to meet the workforce needs of STEM industries. The STEMPower Network initiative will focus on workforce development in the following industry areas including Healthcare, Advance Manufacturing, Information Technology, Biotechnology and Life Sciences, Clean Energy and Sustainability, and Financial Services. 

The STEMPower Network will provide services to job seekers, including dislocated workers and older youth, incumbent workers, as well as employers.  These services include job seeker STEM pathways outreach, orientation and education; STEM related pathways career counseling; job seeker STEM pathways training (leveraged through partner resources); placement assistance for job seekers; STEM employer engagement and support including introduction and referral to HGT, and incumbent training application through WTF.

Network Activities will be coordinated by a part-time program manager supported by paid activity-based consultants.  Key Network Activities include the creation of a STEM Coach network that will serve as a point of contact and conduit of information for locally established services offered to job seekers interested to enter/advance in STEM fields and to STEM industry employers; monthly virtual or in person planning meetings to foster the sharing of best practices and tools that support local STEMPower efforts including www.STEMPower.org, industry forums, etc; employer outreach tools such as a customer relations Management software platform, real-time LMI and vacancy matching tools for job seekers  (leveraged); and alignment with key initiatives such as the state employer engagement initiative of Rapid Response, the MassMEP H1-B project, and the Massachusetts Community College and Workforce Transformation Agenda.  The Partners will also seek methods to sustain the STEMPower Network following the grant period.

The WIB STEMPower Workforce Network Outcomes include a minimum of:

  • 400 job seekers (dislocated workers, adults and older youth) will participate in a STEM Pathways Orientation;
  • 64 participants will receive STEM related training,
  • 52 participants will successfully complete training and become employed;
  • 4 WTF applications will be submitted to support incumbent worker training in Network identified industry sectors.

For more information regarding the 16 regional Workforce Investment areas, please click here.

This program was created in part through a U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration grant.  It is currently funded in part by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education's @Scale Project Initiative. This Program (or activity) is an equal opportunity employer/program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

 

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