New Career Center Operator Welcome to Region on 7/1

PRESS RELEASENEW CAREER CENTER OPERATOR WELCOMED TO REGION

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is welcoming The WorkPlace to the Greater New Bedford Career Center. The WorkPlace will be providing workforce services to the South Coast region starting July 1, 2018.

A panel of workforce and community partners selected The WorkPlace in March 2018 and recommended the selection to the Workforce Board’s Board of Directors.

The WorkPlace has successfully managed and operated workforce operations in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Ohio, New Jersey and most recently in Cambridge, Woburn and Chelsea, Massachusetts.

The career center will be led by a new Career Center Manager and supported by The WorkPlace’s administrative team. The WorkPlace will operate the Career Center and is responsible for workforce-related adult and youth services for the Greater New Bedford area which includes Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Rochester, Marion, Mattapoisett, Wareham, Freetown, and Lakeville.

“We are excited to complete the transition to The WorkPlace, which continues our goal of making the workforce system a strong partner to benefit job seekers and businesses in the region,” said Anthony Sapienza, Chair of the workforce board’s Board of Directors. “There is a strong alignment with The WorkPlace’s previous work in workforce development and we are pleased to bring an organization with a strong track record of establishing youth and adult programs.”  

The WorkPlace operates numerous workforce programs across the United States of America including Reentry Programs, Summer Youth Employment, Dress For Success, YouthBuild, and Maturity Works, a program for adults 55+. 

Mayor Jon Mitchell added, “I am encouraged by the expertise and enthusiasm that the WorkPlace team brings to its mission—a mission that is essential to the City’s efforts to help local companies create good jobs and fill those positions with qualified workers.” 

“We thank the outgoing operator, New Directions South Coast, for their commitment to the workforce system and for their long-term dedication to serving job seekers and businesses in the region,” added Sapienza.

“Since we were notified of this contract, we have been highly motivated to embed our team in the community.  New Bedford is similar to many of the cities we currently serve and we are looking forward to delivering services in all corners of the WIB region,” said The WorkPlace President and CEO Joseph Carbone.

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is the business-led, policy setting organization for workforce efforts in the region. For more information, please visit gnbwib.org.

The WorkPlace will assume operations of the Greater New Bedford Career Center at 618 Acushnet Avenue, New Bedford effective July 1, 2018. For more information, please visit workplace.org.