New Award to Help Low-proficiency English-speaking Adults Enter Culinary Employment

Recently, Commonwealth Corporation awarded PWE with an initial planning grant award to design services to assist low-proficiency English-speaking adults seeking culinary employment.  The project involves culinary employment at five locations in the state: UMass Amherst, Westfield State University, Smith College, Springfield Public Schools K-12, and Lawrence Public Schools K-12.  The project also includes services to maximize employment success and opportunities for job advancement.  Project partners include the employers mentioned above, plus AFSCME Local 1776, AFSCME Local 1067, SEIU Local 211, UFCW Local 1459, MassHire Holyoke, MassHire Greenfield, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and DESE School Nutrition.  PWE has a 34 year track record of working with food service employees, and a twenty-five year history of developing career ladder programming designed for frontline workers.  PWE has provided more than 300 workplace English courses to frontline workers.  And, PWE oversaw the highly successful Massachusetts Training, Evaluation, and Research Initiative (MassTERI) project, which provided worker education services to food service workers at more than 15 municipal sites across the Commonwealth.