Creating an education and talent pipeline for motivated adult students to earn their high school diplomas and advance their careers.

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In the last weeks of 2015, three major Boston hospitals committed to raising their minimum wages to $15 per hour. This followed on the heels of Massachusetts and dozens of other states and cities around the country raising their minimum wage to between $10 and $15 per hour, all while the Congress continues to refuse to adjust the federal minimum wage.

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JVS has been partnering with Hebrew Senior Life (HSL) for nearly a decade with the two organizations bringing their expertise in geriatric care and workforce development to continually innovate on behalf of both residents and employees.

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As the Republican primary season has taken shape, candidates have rushed to outflank Donald Trump by vilifying immigrants with growing passion. Many business and community leaders are listening to this increasingly toxic anti-immigrant rhetoric with alarm. Whether they are highly educated entrepreneurs who are re-inventing new industries with great regularity, entrepreneurs who breathe new life into an otherwise dying cities and main streets, or the workers who fill millions of service industry jobs in hotels, restaurants, and pick crops throughout the nation – immigrants are a crucial part of our economic engine.

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Every day as I travel around the Boston area, I see the sure signs of a red-hot economy. Cranes are sprouting like weeds after a summer rain. From Downtown Crossing to the waterfront, from Kendall Square to Brighton, the Boston-area economy is booming. But, the region’s soaring economy is leaving too 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 too many of our residents lack the skills to access the good jobs that the boom is generating. We are experiencing an opportunity gap of major proportions.

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