The GNBWIB and partners hosted several events on November 16 with members of the Governor Baker and Lt. Gov. Polito cabinet on the South Coast.
8:30 a.m. GNB Career Center
GNBWIB and the Career Center, along with partners from the Department of Transitional Assistance hosted Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, DTA Commissioner Jeff McCue, and Commonwealth Corporation CEO J.D. LaRock. Employers at the round table also include Eric Dawicki and Heather Correia of Northeast Maritime Institute, Margarita Alago of Reliable Bus Lines, and David Sykes, Area Director of Mass. Rehabilitation Commission. Employees of the WIB, Career Center, and DTA were also present. The discussion was about assisting area residents and employers in an effective career and job economy on the South Coast.
10 a.m. Governor's Cabinet Meeting
Executive Director Jim Oliveira shared with the Cabinet about advanced manufacturing programs in the South Coast region.
12:30 p.m. N.B.H.S. Learn and Earn with Mass CEC
Mass Clean Energy Center CEO Steve Pike was joined by Secretary of Energy and Environment Matt Beaton and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Rosalin Acosta to meet with students who were part of the $160,000 Learn and Earn grant received by the region. Partners Meghan Abella Bowen and Erik Baumann of BCC, Zel LeGarde and Kristie Almeida, and representatives from Representative Robert Koczera and Mayor Jon Mitchell offices were also in attendance. The meeting discussed the importance of early college programs and getting career and job ready for burgeoning industries in clean energy and wind.
2 p.m. GNB Voc-Tech Youth Works SCUBA diving program and school tour
Secretary Acosta was joined by Secretary of Education Peyser and Commonwealth Corporation CEO J.D. La Rock to officially announce the Youth Works FY18 awardees. Five grants were made across the state, which included GNB Voc-Tech. Students will earn credentials in SCUBA diving in partnership with Bob's Sea and Ski of Fairhaven.