Peter Muise, President & CEO, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union

“Over the past eight years, the GNB WIB….has secured competitive grants totaling more than $1.8 million targeting health care, manufacturing, and the clean energy sectors. Twenty-eight employer organizations have been involved providing education and training services to 3,450 existing workers and 145 unemployed workers.

Youth Employment and Career Readiness is a critical focus of the WIB that is guided by a dedicated Youth Council and Director. Each year the Youth Council builds upon the success of the previous year with programs such as: Connecting Activities – a partnership of the WIB, the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and Bristol Community College that provides 400 internship opportunities for students in five area school districts hosted by more than 150 area employers. Funded by a $125,000 state grant, it leverages more than $600,000 in employer paid wages to participants and documents skill gains for MCAS-challenged students.

The WIB works in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and operates the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program that elicits private sector funding to provide all youth seeking a summer job the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and earn a stipend.

For more than a decade our GNBWIB has maintained an extremely high standard of judiciously investing its grant resources to operate the Career Center and to provide training that leads to a job.”
— Peter Muise, President & CEO, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union