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Greater Lowell Workforce Investment Board Newsletter

 April 2012       

  Issue 27         



On March 20, 2012, the GLWIB held its Quarterly Meeting in conjunction with the Connecting Activities Employer Appreciation Breakfast at the Radisson Hotel & Suites in Chelmsford, MA. Each year the WIB hosts a breakfast for employers in our region who participate in youth employment initiatives.

This year, the GLWIB provided Board members with the opportunity to meet these very important employers. Each employer was presented with a certificate of appreciation. Mel Moundele, General Manager at Burger King on Drum Hill Road in Chelmsford, was named 2012 Employer of the Year, and Maureen Fitzpatrick, Human Resources Generalist at Lowell General Hospital was awarded the 2012 Award of Excellence. Matt Furtado (right), a Sophomore Engineering student at UMass Lowell spoke at the event. Matt began working at Burger King when he was 16. He was assisted by GLWIB Connecting Activities staff in finding the position and is now Manager at the Burger King on Drum Hill Road in Chelmsford. Matt spoke on the importance of a teenager's first job.

The Connecting Activities program hosts an Annual Youth Job Fair at Lowell High School on May 3, 2012. For more information on how you can be involved, please contact Beatriz Sierra or Cathy Sturtevant.

April may bring showers but it's also a reminder that summer is right around the corner. Summer means jobs for young adults. The Young Adult Summer Employment Program provides summer employment opportunities to eligible young adults between the ages of 14-21 who reside in Lowell. Applications for the program will be available from April 17th through April 27th. Click here to learn more.


In This Issue

Spotlight Events

Volunteer Proposal Readers

Workforce Training Fund Workshop

Northeast Energy Sector Blueprint

Member Corner: Beth Goguen

Did You Know?

FY 13 Youth RFP

Upcoming Job Fairs

FY 11 Annual Report

MA JobQuest


GLWIB & Career Center of Lowell Events  

  • April 5, 2012 - Youth RFP Bidder's Conference, 10:00 am, GLWIB/CCL, 3rd Floor Conf Room, 107 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852 
  • April 19, 2012 - Emerging Sectors Committee, 2:00-3:30 pm
    GLWIB, 107 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852
  • April 26, 2012 - Workforce Training Fund Application Workshop, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, GLWIB, 107 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852  
  • May 3, 2012 - Connecting Activities Job Fair, 2:30-5:00 pm, Lowell High School Gymnasium, 50 Fr. Morissette Blvd. Lowell, MA 01852 
  • May 22, 2012 - Workforce Issues Committee, 9:00-10:00 am, GLWIB, 107 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852   
  • May 23 2012 - Merrimack Valley Job Fair, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, UMass Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren St, Lowell, MA 01852 

Community Events

  • April 4, 2012 - Social Media Seminar, 1:00-3:00 pm, Lowell Telecommunications, 246 Market Street, Lowell, MA   
  • April 4,5, 2012 - Unlocking Profitability with Accounting, Comprehensive 2-night Workshop, 6:00-9:00 pm, The Center, 88 Middle St., 2nd Floor, Lowell, MA 01852  
  • April 19, 2012 - CTI's Fundraiser to End Homelessness, 6:00-10:00 pm, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 East Merrimack Street  Lowell, MA 01852  
  • April 27, 2012 - YouTube Day, 10:00 am-2:00 pm, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, 131 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA  
  • May 15, 2012 - Legislative Breakfast, 7:30-9:00 am, Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Tewksbury Country Club, 1880 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA  



The Greater Lowell WIB Youth Council is seeking volunteer readers to review and score Fiscal Year 2013 Youth Proposals submitted for funding consideration through the Workforce Investment Act. Proposal readerswill be provided with training and technical assistance. Each reader will have approximately two weeks to review and comment on each proposal. All volunteer readers will then meet as a group on or about May 22, 2012. Depending upon the number of proposals received, this meeting could take one business day.  


There are no prerequisites for participation. However, all readers must have no conflict of interest/association with those organizations submitting applications for consideration.  For further information please contact Barbara O'Neil, Director 978-805-4804 or email at  


Workforce Training Fund Workshop

The GLWIB is sponsoring a workshop on April 26, 2012  for companies that are ready to apply or are in the process of applying for a Workforce Training Fund General Program grant. The workshop will be a hands-on session designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the general program grant application.  


This is an excellent time for area businesses to take advantage of the opportunity to apply for funding to train their employees. Advance registration required. Please contact Gail Brown to register or for more information 


Northeast Energy Sector Partnership: Regional Labor Market Blueprint

As part of the Northeast Energy Sector Partnership (NESP), a regional labor market blueprint has been developed to provide info on the emerging green industry within the North Shore, Merrimack Valley and Greater Lowell regions. Over the past 16 months the Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers from these regions have worked with over 27 businesses and 170 individuals to upgrade skills and place people into Clean Energy Sector occupations. To download the Blueprint, click below:

Northeast Energy Sector Blueprint 


The information obtained from employers, job seekers, training providers and the labor market blueprint will help design effective workforce programs for this rapidly growing sector.  To learn more about the Northeast Energy Sector Partnership contact: Gail Brown 


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Shaun McCarthy


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Member Corner 

Beth Goguen

Programs Manager

MA Department of Career Services

Beth attended UMass Lowell where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, Beth worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Monitoring Department for Commonwealth Corporation. In 1997, she began working in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program at Commonwealth Corporation......

To learn more about Beth and the MA Dept. of Career Services, click here.


Did You Know?

O*NET Online is a great resource for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

O*NET Online contains information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation.

Visit O*NET Online for information on thousands of occupations and career pathways.


FY 13 WIA Youth RFP

The FY 13 WIA Youth Programs RFP is currently available for download here.

Proposals are due on May 2, 2012 and must be submitted to the Greater Lowell no later than 4 pm.

A bidder's conference will be held on April 5, 2012:

Bidder's Conference
10:00 am
3rd Floor Conference Rm
GLWIB/Career Center of Lowell
Lowell, MA 01852

For more information please contact Barbara O'Neil


Upcoming Job Fairs

The GLWIB/Career Center are sponsoring two upcoming Job Fairs:

The Connecting Activities Annual Youth Job Fair will be held in the Lowell High School Gymnasium on May 5, 2012, from 2:30 to 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Beatriz Sierra.

The Career Center of Lowell and ValleyWorks (Lawrence/Haverhill) will co-host the Merrimack Valley Job Fair at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information please contact Sally Regan.


FY 11 Annual Report

 The GLWIB released the FY 11 Annual Report. The report contains information on the GLWIB and Career Center of Lowell services from July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011. Click below to download:

GLWIB FY 11 Annual Report


 MA JobQuest

MA JobQuest stats as of March 30, 2012
Total Job openings:



Current Job Count   

New Jobs Posted Yesterday                1,538
New Jobs Posted in the Last Week               6,104

New Jobs Posted in the Last 30 Days          20,038


Top 10 Job Vacancies

1. Registered Nurse   1931
2. Computer Systems Analysts                   1468

3. Comp Software Engr, Apps                        1010
4. Cust Service Rep     961 5. Sales Managers      865
6. Comp/Info Systems Mngr                          718

7. Managers, All        680
8. Engineers, All        656 

9. Med/Health Service Managers                   622

10. Retail Sales Mgrs  619


Click here to visit MA Jobquest 


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Upcoming Events in Greater Lowell, March 27

"I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing." -Francis Ford Coppola
Upcoming Events for Discover Lowell 2012: Dickens Opening Reception, FRIDAY, March 30

Discover Lowell Kickoff with Dickens Opening Reception
Celebrate the Grand Opening Reception for Dickens in Massachusetts, Friday March 30, 5-7pm Boott Cotton Mills Museum at 115 John Street followed by an amazing Saturday lineup of programming--including family events, film screenings, lectures, Victorian parlour games, and more!
-Friday, March 30, 5-7pm

More information:
Now on View
Ongoing Exhibits and Shows
Discover Lowell: Public Art a Two-Way Street April 19

Public Art a Two-Way Street

Join us for the  first Discover Lowell Creative Community Building Conversation!  This lively discussion with investigate the role public art plays in building and representing community.  Jason Weeks will discuss six temporary and permanent public art projects that Cambridge Arts Council has undertaken in their communities and neighborhoods! 

 -Thurs., April 19, 8pm


More information:


Save the Date: Chick Flick & Chocolate II, April 14
Chick Flick & Chocolate II at the Brush Gallery

The Brush Gallery joins forces once again with the Lowell Film Collaborative to present "Chick Flick & Chocolate II," the return of a fabulous night out with friends, family and community to benefit the Brush Gallery and its stellar programs! But don't let the name fool you - this great night of food & film is not just for ladies ... EVERYONE is invited to come out and enjoy!  

-Saturday, April 14, 5:30pm


Now on view: Welcome to my world! at The Loading Dock Gallery!

Welcome to my world! at the Loading Dock Gallery

Come see, Welcome to my world! fiber creations by Arlette Laan at the Loading Dock Gallery!   On March 28, a forest rises in Lowell's Loading Dock Gallery. Walk through Arlette Laan's installation, Welcome to My World! Mixed media Laan summons trees from old blankets, animals from socks, and clouds from crochet. She reimagines nature on a scale at once whimsical and grand. 

Artists Reception April 6, 6-8pm 

-March 28-April 29


More information:    

Wednesday, March 28     
"A Lesson From Jazz" at Ayer Lofts Gallery
"A Lesson From Jazz", a live musical interpretation of the Ayer Lofts Gallery show, "Jack's Serious Exuberance", will be held at the All Gallery, 117 Merrimack St. Free event!
 - Wed., March 28, 7:30pm
More information:    
Friday, March 30   

 Discover Lowell Kickoff with Dickens Opening Reception
Celebrate the Grand Opening Reception for Dickens in Massachusetts, Friday March 30, 5-7pm Boott Cotton Mills Museum at 115 John Street followed by amazing events on Saturday!
-Friday, March 30, 5-7pm

More information: 




Femnoire: The Women's Playwriting Festival

Image Theater presents the 2012 Festival of Women Playwrights! This year we are proud to announce that two of our plays will be student- directed, and produced by students from both U. Mass Lowell and Middlesex Community College!!  We are so happy to have them on board for Femnoire: the only women's playwriting festival in the Merrimack Valley! See you at The Whistler House!
-March 30 & 31, 8pm

More information:

Stanley Swann Jazz Trio
Hakim Law-piano, Thomas Hebb-bass, Stanley Swann-drums.  Enjoy a great evening of Jazz and dinning experience with Stanley.  UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center 50 Warren Restaurant, 50 Warren St.
- March 30, 6-9pm

More information:
Saturday, March 31       
Victorian Parlor Games & Screening of Oliver! at the Pollard Library
Victorian Parlor Games: Have you ever played Courtiers? How about Forfeits? Blindman's Bluff? Come join us and play these games that Charles Dickens himself played and wrote about. For children grades 1-4. No registration required. Free and open to the public.
-Sat., March 31, 1-4pm

More information:

Piccadilly Circus at the Tsongas Center
The Piccadilly Circus makes its return to Lowell with its variety of can't miss acts and performers.  Make your way to one of three performances!
-Sat., March 31

More information:

FREE Film Screening: The City of Lost Children
The Lowell Film Collaborative is thrilled to present a FREE screening of the Jeunet & Caro visual masterpiece The City of Lost Children as part of opening weekend of the 7-month Dickens in Lowell event series!  Screening will take place at the Lowell National Park Visitor Center
-Sat., March 31, 6:30pm

More information:

Cambodian New Year Celebration
Enjoy an exciting day of activities celebrating Cambodian New Year!  Activities include: Soat Mun (Monk's Blessing), Music, Face Painting, Dance Performances, and a Karaoke Contest.  This event is hosted at the Lowell Senior Center.
-Sat., March 31, 9am-3pm

More information: Ronnie Mouth- 978.454.6200 or Bunrith Sath- 978.452.7523
Monday, April 2    

The University Gallery presents Boston Sculptors  

The University Gallery at UMass Lowell hosts a group exhibition titled: "Boston Sculptors Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary" from April 2-26. An artist reception is on April 4, from 5-7pm. The University Gallery is located on the ground floor of the McGauvran Student Center, 71 Wilder Street. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10am-7:30pm, Fri 11am-4pm. Outdoor Exhibition on view through June 30. 


More Information: 

Opportunities & Calls for Artists
Call for Creative Entrepreneur's: Pop-Up's Information Session
COOL's Pop-Up Initiative transforms vacant or underutilized storefronts and spaces into vibrant, and innovative exhibitions, installations, performance venues, creative businesses, and artist workspaces.  Come to our info session to learn more about it!
-April 10, 6:30-7:30pm, 117 Merrimack St., ALL's Pop-Up Gallery

More information:

Figure Drawing / Painting, The Long Pose

Join instructor Michael S. Vieira at the Whistler House Museum of Art for Figure Drawing/Painting, The Long Pose.  Classes will run from April 5-May 9th, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm.  $300.00 for 10 three hour sessions, ongoing enrollment, and deposit required to register  


More information:  


Sangha Yoga Collective
Sangha Yoga Collective's mission is to provide a beautiful, nurturing and affordable space for yoga and meditation teachers to present a variety of classes, workshops, retreats and events. we have a beautiful, spacious studio in the heart of downtown Lowell's arts district. Check out class schedule online!

More information:

Call for Entries MUSKETAQUID Earth Month Exhibit at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
Artists of all ages and experience are invited to participate in the Musketaquid Earth Month Exhibit, a non-juried show that will run in the Emerson Umbrella Gallery from April 5 through 29, 2012. This year's theme, Seeking the Spirit of this Place, speaks to our passion for discovery within both art and nature.

More information:

"What Does Hunger Mean To You?" Art Contest

Create a picture that portrays what hunger means to YOU and enter it in the Taste of the Nation Boston's "What Does Hunger Mean To You?" Art Contest. Artwork will be displayed at Boston's Taste of the Nation event on April 19. Open to children in K-12 and to adults. Deadline for entry: April 6.


More information: Adult entry click here, Kids entry click here

Opportunity to enroll in Assets for Artists
Two slots are available for the 2012 COOL-sponsored Assets for Artists program.

More information: or contact Blair Benjamin at

Call For Entries

Art in the Courtyard 2012, a venue of the Lowell Folk Festival
Artists and Artisans are invited to apply to exhibit in Art in the Courtyard 2012, the art and fine craft component of the 26th annual Lowell Folk Festival, July 27, 28, 29
Applications due June 1, 2012

More information:




Ongoing Exhibits and Shows

American Textile History Museum- Aloft: The Wonder of Kites until May 27,  

Centro Restaurant & Bar- Dennis Lucas: Recent Works, on view through March 31,   

Ayer Lofts- Jack's Serious Exuberance on view until March 30,   

VISUAL VOICES V: Lowell Schools City-Wide Exhibition- on view until April, 

The Loading Dock Gallery- Welcome to my world! on view until April 29,
The Merrimack Repertory Theatre-
Mrs. Whitney on view until April 8,
Coming Soon
April 4-18- Middlesex Celebrates Asian Culture in April,
April 5-
Non-fiction Book Club at the Pollard: Cleopatra: A Life, 
April 5-
ALL Figure Drawing and Painting Class, 
April 10-
Information Session for Creative Entrepreneurs: Pop-Up's,
April 11-
Lowell Folklife Series Film Event: Scenes from a Parish,
April 12- Independent Film Night at the Pollard: Vasermil,
April 14- Chick Flick & Chocolate II at the Brush Gallery,
April 18-Ukulule Strum-a-long & Film Screening: Mighty Uke,
April 19- Public Art: A Two-Way Street,
April 19-
The Mighty Merrimack Riverboat Queen: A Fundraiser to Help Prevent Homelessness in the Merrimack Valley,
April 22- Earth Day Celebration at Community Gardens Greenhouse,
May 19-
Fundraiser for the Alice Giavis Memorial Art Scholarship Program
at the Brush Gallery,


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