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by | Nov 7, 2019

AmeriCorps Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is seeking individuals to serve as community grant reviewers for the 2022-2023 AmeriCorps State grants. Community grant reviewers are critical to the integrity of MSA’s grant-making process by ensuring that public funds are invested in high-quality programs that address critical needs in Massachusetts through an equitable and transparent process. Massachusetts residents ages 18 and older! Grant reviewers are individuals who represent the public and private sectors and reflect the diversity of Massachusetts communities. Prior AmeriCorps and/or grant writing and/or reviewing experience is preferred, though it is not required. Those who have previously written or reviewed grants are welcome. Individuals affiliated with applicant organizations are not eligible to participate in the review, and all reviewers will be asked to sign a conflict of interest certification form. . Attend the online webinar training All reviewers except those who participated in the AmeriCorps community grant review last year are required to attend a webinar training (up to one hour in length) held on Tuesday, September 14 from 1 PM – 2 PM. For returning 2021 reviewers, please review the webinar recording or slides. Next, register for the online webinar training held on on September 14. This training is required for anyone who did not participate in the most recent AmeriCorps community grant review in September 2020.

Mass.Gov Home Care Aide Training (PHCAST): The training encompasses 11 self-paced modules, is roughly 37 hours of training and can be taken on a laptop, tablet or phone and covers the topics and skills necessary to become a Homemaker. This is exciting because it now makes the training more accessible to a wide range of potential workers and allows them to take the course when it is convenient for them. This course is also the stepping stone to a career path that includes Personal Care Homemaker, nurse’s aide and other health care professions.  By making this accessible to all, we hope to bring more people into these important professions, increase the number of homemakers in the workforce and help alleviate the wait time for consumers needing this important service. During 2021 we will be translating the online PHCAST into both Spanish and Haitian Creole and also converting the next level training for PC Homemaker into the same online format in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

Home Care Aide Training (PHCAST) | Mass.gov

Operation Able of Greater Boston: Operation ABLE of Greater Boston in partnership with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs will soon be launching the ABLE Remote Employment Skills Training Program. This free 20-week program funded by the US Department of Labor provides individuals over the age of 55 with the skills, experience, and understanding needed to be able to work effectively in a remote or hybrid environment. The program, which will be offered virtually, will include instruction in computers and job search as well as components in customer service, accounting, or medical administration.

Access to computers through a loaner laptop program may also be available for those participants lacking the necessary technology to study and work from their homes.

The first training cycle starts September 13, 2021 with two more cohorts to start in the Winter and Spring.  see flyer for details

If you are interested in applying and/or looking for more information, please contact Mark Gyurina at Operation ABLE, 617-542-4180 or via email at mgyurina@operationable.net

LinkedIn Learning [fka:Lynda.com] is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through a paid subscription, members have access to the LinkedIn Learning video library of over 3000 engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Many local libraries offer access to Lynda.com video courses free to library members.


Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training, diplomas and certifications. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level. Founded in Galway, Ireland in 2007 by serial entrepreneur, Mike Feerick, its stated objective is to serve as a catalyst for positive social change, creating opportunity, prosperity, and equality for everyone.


MassHire Career Information System (MassHire CIS) is free on-line to all MA residents, and is designed to provide occupational and educational information to help people make better-informed career and school choices. It’s an online tool to help you explore careers and find the right education or training program once you have made your career decisions.   MassHire CIS offers information on: career assessment and planning, occupations, the labor market, outlook, and educational options.


The MA Department of Higher Education grants a “categorical tuition waiver” to state residents age 60 and up [as well as veterans, active members of the military, Native Americans, and blind and disabled residents]. The value of this waiver is typically between 10% and 15% of the full cost of tuition, but the exact amount varies by school. The Office of Student Financial Assistance has a complete list of state schools and their current tuition waivers.

Students are allowed to receive both a categorical tuition waiver and need-based financial aid if they qualify. However, the value of the two put together can’t be more than the total cost of tuition.


edX is the trusted platform for education and learning. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners, the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. As a global nonprofit, edX is transforming traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. Fulfilling the demand for people to learn on their own terms, edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences including the groundbreaking online degrees and ceritifications with their MicroBachelors®, MicroMasters® and Professional Certificate® programs.


Small Business Administration [SBA] helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Created in 1953, SBA continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations . The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.


SCORE is America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education.
As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.  They offer tools, templates, tips, mentors, and workshops to support small businesses.