CareerPoint Announces Three Upcoming Events

HOLYOKE — CareerPoint, the Holyoke-based one-stop career center, announced three events for the coming week.

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting for the grand reopening of its College and Career Center at Westfield High School on Wednesday, March 7 at 9 a.m. Westfield Public Schools has engaged in a partnership with CareerPoint to coordinate the center’s activities. The focus of the center is to provide career and job services to students, and to help make connections for students between their academics and their future career options. Rosalin Acosta, state secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, and other state and local dignitaries plan to attend.

Also on Wednesday, March 7, at 11 a.m., Acosta and other state and local dignitaries will participate in a press conference at CareerPoint, 850 High St., Holyoke. Included will be an announcement about the implementation of a Massachusetts Disaster Hurricane Response Dislocated Worker Grant created to assist relocated citizens impacted by Hurricane Marie and Hurricane Irma. Individuals enrolled in the grant will be able to access vocational and ESOL training opportunities.

Finally, a delegation of Puerto Rican workforce-development professionals are visiting Massachusetts this week to learn how the Commonwealth, and specifically community-service organizations in Hampden County, have responded to the influx of relocated citizens impacted by Hurricane Maria. An information-sharing discussion with heads of many of those organizations and local political leaders is scheduled at CareerPoint on Thursday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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