Making News in Business, May 13






  • REP. PAT DUFFY, D-Holyoke

Published: 5/12/2021 7:12:21 PM
House earmarks $50K for new manufacturing program at HCC

HOLYOKE — A new manufacturing and training program at Holyoke Community College has received a $50,000 earmark in the House’s fiscal 2022 budget.

“Holyoke employers need a trained workforce and Holyoke constituents need career-track jobs,” Rep. Patricia Duffy, D-Holyoke said. “I’m thrilled to see these local assets of our population and our historical manufacturing base come together and build on each other.”

According to labor and workforce date, 9.7% of jobs in Holyoke are in manufacturing compared to 6.7% statewide. Meanwhile, at 9.9%, the unemployment rate in Holyoke is the second highest in western Massachusetts after Springfield at 11.2%, compared to a statewide rate of 6.6% for March 2021.

The program will serve up to 45 individuals in three cohorts by providing approximately 150 hours of remote and in-person, hands-on training combined with workplace experiential learning.

The three-phase program includes: skills assessments, and pre-training focused on workplace readiness in English and basic math, followed by core training in entry-level manufacturing.

The manufacturing component will include modules in communication, teamwork, customer service, digital literacy, general manufacturing processes and principles; blueprints, dimensions, tolerances, instrumentation and measuring; manufacturing workplace math; lean manufacturing, problem-solving, quality control; and workplace safety.

Regional employers will be invited to participate in curriculum design and delivery, as guest speakers, as well as in hosting tours of their facilities when possible. Participants will be connected to area employers and receive job placement assistance through HCC and MassHire Holyoke.

Historic Deerfield names new CEO

DEERFIELD — Historic Deerfield Inc. has named John Davis, former provost and Under secretary for museums, education, and research at the Smithsonian Institution, as president and chief executive officer. Davis succeeds Philip Zea, who is retiring from the museum after 18 years in the top post. Davis is currently the interim director of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

As provost at the Smithsonian, Davis was responsible for 19 museums, nine research institutes, 22 libraries and archives, and the National Zoo. One of his principal roles at the Smithsonian was to drive pan-institutional, interdisciplinary initiatives that leveraged the power of individual museums across the Institution.

Earlier in his career, Davis was a faculty member and administrator at Smith College, serving for five years as associate provost and dean for academic development. He was a member of the Dean’s Council of Five Colleges, Inc., partnering with colleagues at Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to develop collaborative programs and joint hires.

Davis holds a Ph.D., M. Phil., and M.A. from Columbia University, and an A.B. from Cornell University, with honors in Art History. Davis taught at Columbia and Princeton Universities before joining the Smith faculty in 1992.

He and his husband, Jason Heffner, will move to Deerfield later this summer.

National Council for Behavioral Health taps Jeffers

NORTHAMPTON — Karin Jeffers, president and CEO of nonprofit behavioral health agency Clinical & Support Options, has become the newest board member of the National Council for Behavioral Health. Jeffers earned the greatest number of votes during a recent special election, tabbing her to replace outgoing board member Tomas Jankowski.

Jeffers will be one of two representatives for the National Council Region 1, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. She will serve out the remainder of Jankowski’s term (until June 30, 2023) and then be eligible to run for two additional three-year terms thereafter.

The National Council for Behavioral Health is a membership association that advocates for policies ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality behavioral health care. It is made up of 3,381 member organizations across the U.S. that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services.

Jeffers has served as CSO’s president and CEO since 2005. During her tenure at the helm, the agency has grown from a $4 million organization with fewer than 90 employees across three Greenfield locations to what is now a $44 million agency with more than 750 employees at 20 locations across western and central Mass.

Florence Bank announces President’s Award Winners

FLORENCE — Florence Bank has announced that Kiara Sonoda of Hatfield, Jessica Camp and Samantha Sanger of Easthampton, and Lynn Formel of South Hadley have been selected as recipients of the 2020 President’s Award.

The President’s Award is a tradition established by the bank in 1995, affording employees opportunities to nominate their peers for this honor, which recognizes outstanding performance, customer service and overall contribution to Florence Bank. Sonoda, Camp, Sanger and Formel were nominated by numerous colleagues at Florence Bank.

Sonoda is a teller operations manager/customer service representative at the downtown Northampton office and has been with Florence Bank for nine years. She attended the UMass and is a figure skating coach for the Skating Club of Amherst.

Camp is a credit analyst at the main headquarters and has been with Florence Bank for three years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Framingham State University.

Sanger is a customer records analyst at the main headquarters and has been with Florence Bank for 10 years. Sanger attended the University of Phoenix.

Formel is a customer service representative at the Hadley branch and has been with Florence Bank for three years.


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