News from the PIC

Draft of Greater Boston Workforce Planning Blueprint Available for Public Comment

A draft of the Greater Boston Workforce Planning Blueprint is now available for public comment. The Governor's Workforce Skills Cabinet - the Secretaries of Education, Labor and Workforce Development, and Housing and Economic Development - initiated a regional planning process that convened workforce, education, and economic development entities. The goal is to identify critical labor supply gaps and suggest strategies to close them.

Youth Jobs Today for a Strong Workforce Tomorrow

Connecting youth with work-based learning experiences today is critical to building a more prepared and informed workforce tomorrow. As the labor market continues to evolve with new skills and occupations, it is essential that we equip young people with transferable skills and the knowledge to navigate the workforce.

Oni Onwuka: Finding a path through college with Starbucks

The PIC has had a robust partnership with Starbucks for nearly two years, resulting in the company hiring more than 70 PIC-coached students. One major draw for students is the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, a joint program launched in 2014 with Arizona State University (ASU) Online that helps Starbucks employees attend college online without going into debt. Onyinyechi “Oni” Onwuka was one of the earliest PIC-coached students to be hired at Starbucks, and she is taking full advantage of the College Achievement Plan.

Build the Future: Alternative Pathways

On October 11, Education Nation hosted the Build the Future town hall in Boston, where panels of nonprofit and school leaders discussed the challenges facing young people after high school and strategies to ensure their success in college, career, and life. Re-Engagement Center Manager Manny Allen participated on a panel about alternative pathways for young people, specifically talking about the work of the Boston Re-Engagement Center to reconnect disengaged young people with their education.

Boston PIC 2017 Annual Meeting

We were honored to gather with our cross-sector partners at the PIC 2017 Annual Meeting​ to celebrate the impact we made together this year.

In Review: 2017 Summer Jobs Program

This summer, students worked at local employers in a variety of sectors, gaining industry-specific knowledge and skills like communication, time management, and professional etiquette that they will carry with them through college to early career.

New Postsecondary Initiatives

As one of nine Success Boston coaching organizations, the PIC employs six postsecondary coaches who help students make their way through college toward graduation and a successful career.

Claudio: Building career aspirations at WS Development

Working at WS Development for the summer helped Claudio develop career aspirations and begin to envision himself actually attaining them.

Simon: Plugging into the IT field at Appalachian Mountain Club

While best known for connecting people to the outdoors, the AMC helped one PIC high school student view a different type of landscape: information technology.

Kiara: Risk analysis at Blue Cross Blue Shield MA

Working with Yvonne Howard, senior risk consultant, and the rest of her team, Kiara performed risk analysis on new projects and initiatives at BCBSMA.
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