Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC)

WCAC’s Job & Education Center’s (JEC) employment programs provide meaningful, work-place based employment experiences for young people ages 16 – 24 both through the popular YouthWorks Summer Jobs model and an ever-growing Year-Round Jobs program.

Work experiences are typically 6 – 12 weeks long and provide on-the-job learning, combined with work readiness skill training, and case management. JEC staff actively engage with community partners to provide, facilitate, or support workforce development training programs.

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Click Here for More Information on additional WCAC Job and Education Programs

NextGen Careers – Mass Rehabilitation Commision

NextGen-ers are young adults with disabilities, 18-30, who want to make a change in their life. NextGen-ers will learn to advocate for themselves, gain self-confidence, and become self-sufficient on their career path. Whether they’re interested in a certificate program, on-the-job training, apprenticeship, or an internship in STEM, NextGen will pair them with a team of dedicated experts in counseling, benefits, and peer support that will be behind them every step of the way.

NextGen-ers, pursue careers on their terms, understanding that it is their choice, their career, and their life. The possibilities are endless. NextGen Careers is currently operating only in the following MRC area offices: Lawrence, Lowell, Downtown Boston, Roxbury, Braintree, Springfield, and Worcester.

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Funded by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), out-of-school services emphasize educational and career pathways training to youth ages 16-24 who are no longer in school.

The Individual Training Account (ITA) offers a wide range of approved training programs.

A few popular trainings attended by clients: Tractor Trailer Training, Certified Nurse Assistant, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Medical Assistant, and HVAC.

Career counseling, job assistance and 1 year of follow-up support available after training.

Program Eligibility Criteria: Proof of age (18+), work authorization, selective service compliant, and one of the following: economically disadvantaged, dislocated worker, target company lay-offs, or displaced homemakers.

Contact: MassHire Central Workforce Board| (508)799-1590

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)/Home Health Training, Post-secondary Exploration, Work Readiness Training, and Job Placement at the following location:

Phone: (508) 752-0778


Grafton offers vocational training in 9 trades, a GED program and an online high school diploma program. The Grafton Center also offers an Advanced Human Service Worker program.

Phone: (508) 887-7300


High School Equivalency Preparation, Post-secondary Exploration, Work Readiness Training, and Job Placement at the following location:

Phone: (508) 754-1176


Health Care (CNA), Residential Child and Youth Care Worker, High School Equivalency Preparation, Work Readiness Training, and Job Placement at the following locations:

Milford and Surrounding Towns – (508) 473-2178

Whitinsville and Surrounding Towns – (508) 266-2125

Webster and Surrounding Towns – (508)-461-9503

Worcester and Surrounding Towns – (508)-552-7300


Youth Resources

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