JVS CENTER FOR ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
Boston is booming, but the region’s soaring economy is leaving many people behind. While we have some of the most robust job growth in the nation, unemployment in some neighborhoods is stuck in the double digits, and tens of thousands lack the skills to access good jobs. Seeking to meet this challenge, JVS created the Center for Economic Opportunity in the heart of downtown Boston.
The need is profound and growing: Consider that 70% of all jobs will require post-secondary education by 2020, and yet just one in three adults in greater Boston has a high school education or less. Two-thirds of business leaders report difficulty finding employees with the right skills.
A nationally recognized leader in workforce development, JVS is uniquely suited to address these critical issues. With programs ranging from career counseling to English-language instruction to occupational skills training, we serve over 20,000 individuals each year and partner with hundreds of employers to move them into good jobs.
Among the building’s key features:
“When I left everything I had, my family and all my belongings in my country to move to the U.S., life had become dark for me, and my future was uncertain. Since I began in Bridges to College, my courage, my fighting spirit, and the love of study that I lost 10 years ago returned. Now when I look forward in my life, the future look bright. More than a simple bridge to college, this program is really a bridge to a better life.” – Sylvain Lorng Koby, Bridges to College Graduate
“We think of JVS as the cornerstone of our foundation’s efforts to improve lives through vocational training in the Greater Boston area. They combine excellent program outcomes, with a scale and geographical reach that is unmatched. JVS make a positive impact across numerous locations and career categories, and their team has demonstrated an ability to adapt to the rapid changes we’re all facing. We are pleased to join others in supporting the creation of the new Center for Economic Opportunity.” – Carl Whittaker, Director, Herb and Maxine Jacobs Foundation