The NH Job Corps Center officially opened its doors September 22nd 2015 with capacity for 300 students (268 of which will live on center) providing technical training in 8 trades as well as social & leadership development. This federally funded program, through the Department of Labor, has big goals: producing skilled, confident, graduates to fill the skills gap in the most in-demand industries in our state, and empowering students to make significant contributions to the state and the community through service and innovative thinking.
As the Business & Community Liaison Director here at the center, I’m reaching out to members of the Merrimack Chamber in hopes of establishing partnerships that will result in a more educated, skilled and well-rounded work force here in our state, and a brighter and safer community. Here are some examples of how we’d like to partner with you:
Here are the trades offered at New Hampshire Job Corps Center:
Advanced Manufacturing | Facilities Maintenance | Security & Protective Services | Culinary | Hospitality | Clinical Medical Assistant | Medical Administrative Assistant | Electrical |
*We are anticipating opening our Licensed Nursing Assistant program in the next 6 months.
We are partnered with the Community College System of NH to provide advanced training opportunities in Cyber Security, Robotics and Hospitality Management as well. The potential secondary credentials available to our students (who work at a self-paced rate towards completion) are wide and varied, and therefore the career paths open to our students are diverse. We are looking to create linkages across many industries and see partnership potential in many areas.
Please reach out to me to introduce yourself, come take a tour, and let’s talk about how we can partner.
Cassie Gudek | Business & Community Liaison Director | e. Gudek.Cassie@jobcorps.org | t.603.695.8818 | NH Job Corps Center | 943 Dunbarton Road, Manchester NH 03102
Our annual meeting was held last month at Fidelity Investments, one of our sustaining partners. Everyone enjoyed the unique networking opportunity (and the turkey meatballs!). Our presentation covered changes that have occured over the past several months, such as updating our marketing plan, launching a new website, offering a quarterly member orientation, and bringing back the Lunch and Learn series. We also discussed the Board of Directors' vision for the coming year. Those initiatives include a 10% discount for veteran-owned businesses, a $50 referral credit toward 2017 dues for any new member referred to the Chamber, the launch of a referral group, and the relaunch of the Visitor and Relocation Guide. The Board has also set the goal of growing our membership to 225 by the end of the year. The aforementioned initiatives are a way to help us achieve that goal, as well as benefit our members.
The referral group offers a more focused networking opportunity. The group will be limited to 12 people, one per profession, and will meet weekly for six months, with the goal of bringing business to its members. We are in the process of putting this group together. Contact us if you would like more information, or are interested in joining.
The Visitor and Relocation Guide is also in the works. This is a great member benefit, with every member business being listed in the guide. Looking for ways to increase your visibility? Consider advertising in the guide. It's a great way to get your business in front of consumers and businesses alike. Please check your listing on our website to ensure your information is up to date. Any changes you make through the system will take effect immediately. Don't have time to deal with that? Contact the office, and we'll update your information for you.
We had a cancellation for our March Business After Hours event. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to host, please let us know asap. The calendar for the rest of the year is almost full.
Last, but certainly not least, is our upcoming 'Spring into Chic' Fashion Show on April 7th. We currently have 16 stores showcasing their clothing. We also have many models lined up, including Superintendent Marge Chiafery, Chief Mark Doyle, and Lt. Denise Roy. Lt. Roy has agreed to model a dress at the event if we receive one single donation of $2000. For a single donation of $3000, the Chief said he will also strut down the catwalk in a dress! Who is going to make this happen?? Did I mention a portion of the proceeds goes to scholarships for local high school students? This is an event you don't want to miss. For more information on the event, sponsor opportunities, and to purchase tickets, visit our website.
If you have questions or feedback, or would like to sit down to discuss how to get the most out of your membership, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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