On a warm Moroccan night in May 2015, Khalid Bachir looked at his computer screen and screamed for joy. It was midnight. His mother, father and twin brother awoke, startled, in the house they shared. Bachir stared disbelievingly at his
Caroline Sande stood in front of the graduates of the Bridge to Culinary program at their December 9th ceremony in Roxbury as a prime example of someone who made the most of the opportunity she’d been given. Just six months
In October of last year, Mayor Martin Walsh announced the creation of the Greater Boston American Apprenticeship Initiative (GBAAI) – a comprehensive apprenticeship program designed to prepare residents for careers in the fast-growing hospitality and construction industries. “We want to provide a pipeline to better-paying jobs with benefits,”
When the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) released a labor market study last March, the findings showed how much work was needed to address the city’s economic disparities: The average Boston resident, the report found, makes just over $35,000 a year, an income that barely covers expenses for many
The Aloft and Element Hotels on D Street in South Boston are the newest, best example of how commercial development, done right, can create a windfall for a community. From its innovative use of Neighborhood Jobs Trust funds to a
Just a few months ago, the graduates of BEST Corp’s first hospitality pre-apprenticeship program were strangers with one thing in common: They all knew they wanted more. Nicole Bowes had just moved back to Boston after 20 years away and
A new, wide-reaching apprenticeship program has launched this fall thanks to a $3 million federal American Apprenticeship grant. The grant proposal was spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) and secured with the help of its program partners.