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ABCD recibe una subvenciA\0xB3n federal de $300 mil para motivar a mujeres a entrar en carreras no tradicionales

La organizaciA\0xB3n Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) reciviA\0xB3 una subvenciA\0xB3n Federal (grant) de $300,000 otorgada por el programa Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations del U.S. Department of Labor.

Esta subvenciA\0xB3n servirA! para financiar el programa ABCD BRICCPath (Building Real Careers in Construction), que busca incrementar el nAomero de mujeres trabajando en la industria de la construcciA\0xB3n y otras carreras no-tradicionales para las mujeres.

El programa busca trabajar tanto con potenciales candidatas para estos trabajos como con empleadores, para discutir los vacA\0xADos y barreras que existen.

ABCD sirve a mA!s de 85 mil residentes de bajos recursos de Boston a travA(c)s de su oficina principal y sus Centros de Servicio en Vecindarios y otros centros.

Para obtener informaciA\0xB3n detallada, lea la nota de prensa en inglA(c)s:

ABCD receives $300,000 federal grant

to move women into non-traditional careers

a[euro]oeBRICCPatha[euro]\0x9D to provide low-income women with

tools for success in apprenticeship, career path jobs

Action for Boston Community Development received a $300,000 federal grant this week from the U.S. Department of Labora[euro](TM)s Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program.

The grant will fund ABCD BRICCPath (Building Real Careers in Construction), a comprehensive a[euro]oecareer explorationa[euro]\0x9D approach to increasing the numbers of women working in the construction trades and other non-traditional careers. The program will work with women candidates and employers to address the systemic gaps and barriers to building a pipeline of qualified women in non-traditional careers.

ABCD is one of six programs nationwide that received funding from the $1.8 million federal initiative to support women in non-traditional occupations.

In announcing the grants, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis stated that the funding will focus on existing occupations that are expected to experience increased employment demand, significant changes to work and worker requirements and emerging green occupations.

Solis said that the grant money aims to better connect women with apprenticeships and help them to learn skills in fields that have long-term career opportunities. a[euro]oeApprenticeship programs are effective pipelines into growing industries,a[euro]\0x9D she said. a[euro]oeBut too often these programs are not accessible to women.a[euro]\0x9D

Massachusettsa[euro](TM) Senators and Congressmen praised the initiative:

Senator John Kerry said: a[euro]oeThis is an investment in breaking that glass ceiling in fields historically dominated by men. This is job training and job placement help so women get jobs, move up, and have the resources to provide for themselves and their families. Ia[euro](TM)m grateful to Secretary Solis for partnering with the incredible team at ABCD to make this important initiative possible.a[euro]\0x9D

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Senator Scott Brown stated: a[euro]oeIa[euro](TM)m proud to support this funding for programs and training to help women in Boston obtain long-term, good-paying jobs,a[euro]\0x9D he said. a[euro]oeAs we continue to feel the effects of the bad economy, career development opportunities like this are critical for the job-seekers in our communities.a[euro]\0x9D

Noting ABCDa[euro](TM)s track record, Congressman Mike Capuano said: a[euro]oeFor years ABCD had done great work in the community, helping low-income families with fuel assistance, early childhood education, housing and many other services. These federal funds will help ABCD prepare women for jobs in the construction trades, increasing their access to employment opportunities.a[euro]\0x9D

Stated Congressman Stephen F. Lynch: a[euro]oeI've had the opportunity to work beside union building tradeswomen whose skill and ability in their craft is superb. They have become masters at their trade. It is through these apprenticeship programs, mostly offered by our trade unions, that we will promote and sustain a tradition of women entering and thriving in prosperous careers in the construction trades,a[euro]\0x9D I am pleased to see that this grant will assist ABCD in helping to provide women of all races and backgrounds with these opportunities.a[euro]\0x9D

Congressman Edward J. Markey said: "I congratulate the ABCD team for their commitment to helping low-income women construct better lives for themselves. Through construction trade apprenticeships and other non-traditional trade training, this funding will provide low-income women with the tools they need to build new careers and create better lives. With this grant, ABCD now also stands for a[euro]oeAchieving Better Careers and Dreamsa[euro]\0x9D, and I commend its commitment to putting women to work in good-paying industries."


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a[euro]oeThis is all about giving poor women, many of them single-parent heads of households, the ability to get and keep a job in the construction industry or other non-traditional field where they earn better than a living wage,a[euro]\0x9D said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. a[euro]oeABCD will recruit low-income women candidates who will complete an initial training period and be placed in apprenticeship training or career-path jobs. Initial wages will average $18.92 an hour for construction and $16.24 for non-construction employment. This is almost twice what they earn at the minimum-wage jobs many are holding now!a[euro]\0x9D

BRICCPath builds on ABCDa[euro](TM)s past successful Building Real Careers in Construction (BRICC) program launched in 2008 and funded for several years by DOL to provide pre-apprenticeship training to women seeking employment in the construction trades as electricians, laborers, plumbers, bricklayers, carpenters, roofers and more.

BRICCPath will accelerate the pathway to apprenticeships and career opportunities and ensure that women sustain those goals and build solid careers and that employers have the capacity to continue supportive services and maintain needed system changes after the conclusion of the grant.

About ABCD:

ABCD serves more than 85,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices and a decentralized network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Child Care Choices of Boston; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High a[euro]" an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; Food Pantries in several Boston neighborhoods; management of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), Commonwealth of Massachusetts Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC) and City of Boston Employees Charitable Campaign (COBECC); advocacy and consumer services.