Cambridge Works Program Graduates its Seventh Class
Cambridge Works recently celebrated the accomplishments of its seventh class of participants during a special graduation ceremony at Cambridge City Hall. The transitional jobs program serves residents age 18-35 who have been unable to get or keep jobs.
Coordinated through the Department of Human Service Program’s (DHSP) Office of Workforce Development (OWD), Cambridge Works provides participants a temporary job with the city, while also offering intensive case management, soft skills development and job search assistance to help them secure an unsubsidized job upon program completion. The city also partners with private sector partners when able to provide temporary jobs to program participants. In some cases, the jobs have led to permanent positions at the conclusion of the program.
Mayor David P. Maher and other city officials congratulated the graduates and thanked the staff and worksite supervisors for their tremendous dedication to helping these participants better prepare and develop the skills they need to find meaningful employment after graduation. “This is a city that really cares about and invests in its residents, from the very young to our seniors,” said Mayor Maher.
Graduates of the December 2011 Cambridge Works class included Antwan Ballard, Shawn Barrows, Kelcie Evans, Billy Georges, Antwan Gonsalves, Nakesha Henry, Taisha Maxwell, Devonta Queen, Sabino Rosa, Dario Santos and Teddy Valcourt.
Worksite supervisors included Sydney Cox and Cathy Mitrano, Department of Public Works; Francine DiNatale, Cambridge Police Department; Patrick Folan, Municipal Golf Course, DHSP; Julie King, Cambridge Citywide Senior Center, DHSP and Frank Dziemian, Steve Foster and Julie Zuis of Spaulding Hospital.
Many participants also shared personal stories and their great appreciation for the staff who helped them develop and achieve their goals. Below are statements from two of the graduates:
“These guys (OWD staff) really supported my efforts at improving the quality of my life and I am very grateful,” said Nakesha Henry.
“Just as I was about to give up hope, I received a call from Michele Scott (OWD staff) that I was accepted into the (Cambridge Works) program,” said Billy Georges. “This experience is something I wouldn’t trade for the world because it gave me hope, skills and the experience I needed to succeed in life.