1010 Harrison Avenue
75 Federal Street, Fl. 3
Boston Career Centers are the primary employment services provider for adults in the city. They are also an entry point into skills training programs and a resource for those looking for training. Boston has two career centers - MassHire Boston Career Center (formerly Boston Career Link) and MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center (formerly JVS CareerSolution) – each of which provide information on job openings and workshops on job search strategies, writing a resume and cover letter, and how to conduct a successful job interview.
Career center staff provide specialized assistance and support for individuals who find it exceptionally difficult to find a job. Staff also work with businesses to assist them in finding qualified and skilled individuals for their workforce. The career centers sponsor job fairs, on-site recruitment, and targeted outreach activities for business customers.
For more information, contact Angela McCabe, Workforce Development Director, at [email protected] or 617-488-1355.
When the PIC, in its role as Boston’s MassHire Workforce Board, wanted to expand access to the career centers, we turned to St. Francis House downtown and Work Inc. in Dorchester. Under a provision in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the PIC is allowed to charter “Access Points” as well as comprehensive career centers. In June of 2017, St. Francis House was chosen as an Access Point for homeless service providers and their guests. Two years later, this innovative model is fostering a close partnership with the MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, operated by JVS.
Ashley Cilenti, the Access to Employment Supervisor at St. Francis House, prepares customers with job readiness and life skills, while providing transitional housing and other supportive services. This wrap-around support allows Ashley to propel customers to the next step of the job search by connecting them to Jenny Sherman, a Career Navigator at the MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center. Jenny leverages the career center’s employer connections to refer customers directly to hiring teams, provide job leads, and guide them to job fairs and hiring events.
Jenny relies on Ashley to refer customers, and Ashley relies on Jenny to connect them to employment. It may be a short walk from the day shelter on Boylston Street to the career center on Federal Street, but it involves crossing from one world to another. Together, Jenny and Ashley are making this journey possible.