Bristol Community College offers Free Skills Development Webinars

Contact: Kevin Spirlet
Associate Director of Media Relations
774.357.3361
508.207.8943 (cell)
kevin.spirlet@bristolcc.edu

 

The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the lives of so many, both personally and professionally. To assist the region, Bristol Community College’s Business Solutions & Partnerships area is offering free, virtual professional development webinars to develop or strengthen in-demand skills.

 

These innovative webinars provide professional and technical skill development for job seekers, educators, employers and employees looking to increase proficiency in current and forecasted remote work and learning environments. The sessions focus on how to best adapt to the evolving “new norm” of business and education.

 

“Bristol Community College is proud to assist our communities with free professional development webinars during this unprecedented time of change in business and education,” said Jennifer Menard, Interim Vice President, Economic & Business Development, Bristol Community College. “Bristol’s mission is to serve our communities by being able to quickly respond to their needs. This is a great opportunity to aid our regions’ dedicated educators and professionals who are working remotely and in need of virtual in-demand training.”

 

Bristol’s Business Solutions & Partnerships area are offering the free, 60-90-minute live video webinar sessions, accessible from the college’s website listed below. 

 

The webinars will focus on three areas: Virtual Career Exploration and Personal Branding, Upskilling for Distance and Remote Learning for Educators and Professional and Organizational Virtual Training.

 

Career Exploration & Personal Branding includes topics such as developing an effective resume, building a professional LinkedIn presence, the power of personal branding and more.

 

Upskilling for Distance and Remote Learning for Educators includes optimizing student engagement through the Google classroom, time and priority management in the “new norm,” keeping audiences engaged virtually through Zoom, understanding cultural change and the racial divide and more.

 

Professional and Organizational Virtual Training includes development in areas such as improving your productivity with Microsoft Office applications, ways to improve business process improvement virtually, understanding cultural change and the racial divide and more.

 

How to Register: 

 

Participants can register for all or one of the topics in the series.

 

To register or to view a complete listing of the course focuses and topics, please visit:

 

http://bristolcc.coursestorm.com/

 

For more information, please email businesssolutions@bristolcc.edu or call 774.357.2527.

 


 

Business Solutions & Partnerships at Bristol Community College serves the community’s needs for professional development and credentialing leading to opportunities in a wide range of career options and new academic pathways. Business Solutions & Partnerships provides access to affordable, high-quality programs with experienced instructors.

 

These competency-based programs are closely tied to industry needs providing upskilling, credentialing and professional development that is aligned with real jobs and includes new skills and competencies in an ever-changing economy and workplace. Business Solutions & Partnerships also offers high-quality training to the business community to meet regional needs in top industry sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, finance, energy and sustainability.

 

For more information about Business Solutions & Partnerships at Bristol Community College, please visitwww.bristolcc.edu/corporateservices.

 


 

About Bristol Community College

 

Bristol Community College (Bristol) has core values rooted in student success and lifelong learning. For more than 50 years, Bristol has served as a leading resource for education and workforce development in the region including locations in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton.

 

The college offers a rich variety of degree, certificate, and training programs along with flexible online offerings that lead to an associate degree, a career-ready certificate, or the ability to transfer to baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country. The Center for Workforce and Community Education provides customized training for businesses and the community. The college also strives to put the needs of learners first with support services and career advancement opportunities that lead to student success by reducing barriers to educational access.

 

Bristol annually serves more than 11,000 credit students and 18,000 students who participate in noncredit activities. The college is one of the largest employers in the region and is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment with a rich diversity of beliefs, cultures, languages, abilities and lifestyles. Bristol is a public community college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). http://www.bristolcc.edu/.

 

Outdoor Dining Guidelines Available on City Website

06.08.2020

 

Staff Contribution

 

Mayor Mitchell announced that New Bedford will follow and implement the second phase of Governor Baker’s reopening plan, which allows for additional sector reopening today.

 

The plan includes sector-specific guidance for businesses and operations permitted to reopen with guidelines during the second phase. The Governor’s plan may be found here:  https://www.mass.gov/info-details/reopening-massachusetts.

 

New Bedford’s restaurant reopening advisory group has released guidelines outlining outdoor dining available at  https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/city-guidance-on-reopening-of-dining-establishments/ . Restaurant reopening begins today with outdoor dining and appropriate social distancing.

 

For city dining establishments, the reopening and outdoor dining process includes an expedited Outdoor Cafe permitting process, with easy-to-follow guidance to comply with the state’s public health and safety requirements. The permit is also available at  https://www.newbedford-ma.gov/health-department/city-guidance-on-reopening-of-dining-establishments/.

 

For more information on the status of reopening in New Bedford and other important news, visit the COVID-19 page on  www.newbedford-ma.gov.

 

For information on the masks available to any New Bedford resident who wants one, visit  www.masknb.com.

 

 

 

Prepare to Reopen NB! Stay Informed and Be Safe

05.22.2020

 

 

Staff Contribution

 

 

Dear Friends,

 

We hope your Memorial Day weekend offered a nice break and opportunity for family and reflection.

 

You may have missed it, but on Friday, Secretary Kennealy summarized key steps businesses should take as they look ahead to reopening in Massachusetts. His message is below and outlines additional guidance, standards, and resources for phase one industries.

 

It is also critical to stay in the loop on what the City is requiring in addition to the State, which at the moment is focused on our larger manufacturing and processing businesses. The specific requirements for prevention can be found  here, and the requirements for reporting can be found here .

 

We will continue to post the City’s and State’s updates and share critical and relevant information over the coming weeks, as we make it through the phases of reopening.

 

Stay well,

 

Derek

 


 

 

Message from Secretary Kennealy’s Office: 05.22.2020

 

Last week, the Baker-Polito Administration released the Reopening Advisory Board’s report on the four-phase reopening of the Massachusetts economy,  Reopening Massachusetts . This report outlines a roadmap for gradually reopening, as well as guidance as to when which businesses may reopen, and what standards they must adhere to in Phase 1.

 

Phase 1 began on May 18th with lifting restrictions in some industries/sectors. The next milestone you should be aware of within Phase 1 is May 25th, when additional sectors are able to reopen with limitations (including curbside pickup for retail businesses).

 

Phase 1 will last at least three weeks; the Commonwealth will progress to Phase 2 when public health metrics and progress indicate it is safe to do so.

 

Below, I’ve summarized key steps businesses should take as they look ahead to reopening. As always, I hope you will get this word out to the businesses in your communities.

 

I’d also recommend reviewing and circulating  What Businesses Can Expect in Phase 1  to businesses, as it offers a condensed, one-page summary of key information.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BUSINESSES

 

Identify the phase in which your industry or sector is eligible to reopen

 

 

 

Read the guidance for reopening

 

 

 

 

  • Please note that businesses that have been offering essential services and have remained open throughout the COVID-19 outbreak must adhere to the safety standards and create a COVID-19 Control Plan (see below) by May 25th. Businesses with office spaces that have been operating as an essential service have until July 1st to comply with occupancy limits.

 

Develop a COVID-19 Control Plan

 

 

  • All businesses in the Commonwealth must develop a written control plan outlining how its workplace will comply with the mandatory safety standards for operation in the COVID-19 reopening period.

 

  • Control plans do not need to be submitted for approval but must be kept on premises and made available in the case of an inspection or outbreak.

 

 

  • Before reopening, the business must meet the Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards and attest to compliance

 

 

 

  • These should be displayed in an area within the business premises that is visible to employees, customers, and visitors.

 

Reopen brick-and-mortar operations safely and in line with guidance

 

  • These standards will be jointly enforced by local Boards of Health and the state’s Department of Labor Standards (DLS).

 

  • Businesses play a key role in setting a standard for safe public interactions and in restoring consumer confidence.

 

  • By adhering to these mandatory standards and best practices, businesses, employees, and customers will ensure Massachusetts is able to progress from Phase 1 to Phase 4, the “New Normal.” It’s all of our responsibility to ensure we move forward, and not backwards, in reopening the Massachusetts economy.

 

Additional resources: 

 

What Businesses Can Expect in Phase 1, which condenses key detail into a single page

 

The report, Reopening Massachusetts, offers the full framework of the four-phased reopening and provides an overview of the issues underpinning the approach

 

The Reopening: Four-Phase Approach page outlines the phased approach and the key role that public health benchmarks play in reopening

 

The Purchasing Hygienic or Protective Supplies page includes information for employers and employees about supplies needed to return to workplaces, as well as a Vendor Tool to assist businesses in locating and purchasing hygienic and protective supplies

 

Department of Public Health’s Safer-At-Home Advisory gives key guidance for all residents of the Commonwealth, including employers and employees, during Phase 1. Please note, businesses authorized to operate under Phase 1 are not subject to the 10-person limitation on gatherings.

 

Note for retail businesses: retail businesses may engage in curbside pickup sales as of May 25th. Please check the Essential Services FAQ document for current guidance on remote fulfillment. Additional notes on curbside pickup guidance will be available in the coming days.

 

Breaking News: Governor Baker Releases Reopening Plan

05.18.2020

 

Staff Contribution

 

Dear Friends,

 

Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced the release of Reopening Massachusetts – The Baker-Polito Administration’s comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.

 

Also released today was a comprehensive state web platform that will be updated as additional industry sectors are allowed to open. The  report  and the  new webpage  provide information to help businesses meet the state’s required self-certification requirement to reopen.

 

Please note that the City of New Bedford is reviewing these new workplace rules and will have an announcement on how this will be applied in New Bedford later this week. Until then, the City’s orders concerning industrial facilities remains in effect.

 

As more information becomes available, we will share it as soon as we are able.

 

Be well,

 

Derek

 

Reopening Massachusetts

 

Update from Secretary Kennealy’s Office

Staff Contribution

 

May 12, 2020

 

New Guidance for Fulfillment of Remote Orders By Retail Businesses

 

Earlier this week, the Administration provided new guidance for retail businesses. Under this guidance, non-essential businesses are allowed to bring in a small number of employees in order to remotely fulfill online or phone orders, provided they can meet safety protocols.

 

Read the full guidance in the  COVID-19 Essential Services FAQs.

 


 

Department of Unemployment Assistance Resource

 

DUA has recently released FAQs to guide employers and employees in returning to work:

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Employers 

 

Unemployment Insurance Benefits and Returning to Work: Guide for Workers.

 

These FAQs provide responses to some of the questions that employers and employees may have when looking ahead to reopening.

 


 

U.S. Department of Commerce EDA Funding: Economic Adjustment Assistance Program

 

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced  the availability of $1.5B in funding through an Economic Adjustment Assistance program.

 

This funding will support communities in economic recovery through planning and technical assistance grants, grants for recovery and resilience strategies, capitalizing or recapitalizing revolving loan funds, and innovation grants.

 

Non-profits working in partnership with local government, cities and towns, regional planning agencies, and others can apply for this support.

 

Read more about this funding on the  EDA’s website ; eligible applicants may apply  here.

New Grant for Small Business

Staff Contribution

 

May 4, 2020

 

If you own a small business in Massachusetts, you can benefit from this opportunity.

 

New Bedford businesses this means you!

 

The Empowerment Grant for Small Businesses serves as a funding opportunity to support the needs of Massachusetts small businesses amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the spring of 2020. Grants will be focused on small business owners serving Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

 

Applicants can request up to $2,500 for needs related to continuing operation during and/or after the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications will be open until May 29th so don’t hesitate to apply!

 

Eligible applicants must be:

  • In operation for at least one year
  • Registered in a Gateway City
  • Considered a “small business”

 

Should you have any questions, please email us at  Empowerment@tre.state.ma.us .

 

Your Friends at the Office of Economic Empowerment

 

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Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board

04.28.2020

Sarah Finlan

Press Secretary

Governor’s Office

Gov.press@state.ma.us

 

 

BOSTON — Today, the Baker-Polito Administration extended the essential services emergency order to May 18th and launched a Reopening Advisory Board that will produce a plan to the Governor by May 18th. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health’s Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited until May 18th.

 

 

Essential Services Order: Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order requiring that all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public will be extended until May 18th. Businesses and organizations not on the list of essential services are encouraged to continue operations through remote means that do not require workers, customers, or the public to enter or appear at the brick-and-mortar premises closed by the order. This order also extends the existing ban on gatherings of more than 10 people until May 18th.

 

 

Stay at Home Advisory: Governor Charlie Baker announced that the Department of Public Health’s stay-at-home advisory will remain in effect. Residents are strongly urged to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel and other unnecessary person to person contact during this time period. Residents who are considered at high risk when exposed to COVID-19 should limit social interactions with other people as much as possible.

 

 

Executive Branch Employee Guidance: The Baker-Polito Administration today also extended the guidance issued to Executive Branch employees on protocol during the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure state government can continue to provide key services while protecting the health and safety of the public and the Executive Branch workforce. Under the guidance, all employees performing non-core functions who are able to work remotely should continue to do so until May 18th.

 

 

Reopening Advisory Board: Today, Governor Baker announced the formation of the Reopening Advisory Board, which will be Co-Chaired by Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. The Board brings public health officials together with leaders from the business community and municipal government from across the Commonwealth. This group is charged with advising the administration on strategies to reopen the economy in phases based on health and safety metrics. It will meet with key stakeholders and solicit input from a variety of constituencies over the next three weeks to develop a report by May 18th that will include DPH approved workplace safety standards, industry frameworks and customer protocols and guidelines, including enforcement mechanisms and coordination with municipal leaders. This report is due on the 18th, but the administration has made clear that public health data and guidance from health care experts will dictate the timeline of the re-opening process.

 

 

The 17-member Advisory Board is composed of three public health officials, including Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel, three municipal officials, and eleven leaders from the business community, including MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. Members of the Advisory Board bring a range of perspectives to the table, such as an understanding of workplaces and workforces and insights into key areas like financial markets, education, manufacturing and transportation.

 

 

Reopening Advisory Board Members:

 

 

Aron Ain, CEO, Kronos Inc & Ultimate Software

Carlo Zaffanella, Vice President and General Manager, Maritime & Strategic Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Corey Thomas, CEO, Rapid 7

Daniel Rivera, Mayor, City of Lawrence

Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, Massachusetts General Hospital

Girish Navani, CEO and Co-Founder, eClinicalWorks

Joe Bahena, Senior Vice President, Joseph Abboud Manufacturing

Kathryn Burton, Chief of Staff, City of Boston

Laurie Leshin, Ph.D., President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Linda Markham, President, Cape Air

Mark Keroack, President & CEO, Baystate Health

Monica Bharel, Ph.D., Commissioner, Department of Public Health

Nicole LaChapelle, Mayor, City of Easthampton

Pamela Everhart, Head of Regional Public Affairs and Community Relations, Fidelity Investments

Stephanie Pollack, Transportation Secretary and CEO

Steve DiFillippo, CEO, Davios Restaurants

Wendy Hudson, Owner, Nantucket Book Partners

 

Original press here.

Owner of Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford Offers Rent Deferment During COVID-19 Crises

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 

NEW BEDFORD, MA – On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Jeff Glassman, Owner of the multi-story Hatch Street Studios complex at 88 and 90 Hatch Street, New Bedford, MA, offered his artist tenants two months of rent relief.
 

Glassman, on a Zoom call with the artists on Tuesday, offered two months of deferred rent to ease their financial burden during the current economic situation related to COVID-19.

 

Artists have the option to spread the deferred payments, May and June rent, over 12 months starting July 1st, 2020.
 

Hatch Street Studios is New Bedford’s largest community of visual and performing artists. More than 60 professional and novice visual and performing artists create work here in a variety of mediums; painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, woodworkers, ceramicists, musicians and others.
 

Glassman purchased the building in 2015. He has worked closely with artists to grow the Hatch Street creative community as well as the art community in New Bedford as a whole.
 

“Since purchasing the building 5 years ago, I have been working with the artists to continue to grow the community within the building and on a larger scale here in New Bedford,” said Glassman. “My goal has always been long term with this community. Hopefully a little relief with their expenses now will help them get through this mess we are all experiencing.”
 

“I can’t say enough on how important it is to the creative community to have an engaged and involved building owner,” said Adrian Tio, Hatch Street artist.
 

Glassman also owns Darn It!, Inc. on Belleville Ave which is a refurbishment and quality control, and warehousing and distribution business for many retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers worldwide. Darn It!’s remains open with a reduced workforce and increased health and safety measures, producing masks for several businesses and organizations in the area.
 

For more information about Darn It! or Hatch Street Studios, please contact Jeff Glassman at 508-999-4584.
 

Hatch Street Studios maintains an online presence with information on individual artists.
 

Visit www.hatchstreetstudios.com for more information.

 

THE ZEITERION PERFORMANCE ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES OUTCOME OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2020

For more information contact: Penny Pimentel, ppimentel@zeiterion.org

High resolution images of The Zeiterion available: http://zeiterion.org/press/

 

 

 

THE ZEITERION PERFORMANCE ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES OUTCOME OF COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

 

 

 

(New Bedford, MA) In response to the disruption caused by COVID-19 outbreak, The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center, and its resident companies The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and The New Bedford Festival Theater, have extended the postponement of all programming through August 2.

 

 

 

As a result of the closure, the Zeiterion furloughed 70% of staff. Beginning with the first performance cancellation in mid-March, 30 show-related employees were immediately without work. Three weeks later, a combination of 15 full-time and part-time positions were furloughed.

 

 

 

Michael Tavares, President of the Zeiterion Board of Trustees stated, “We made the difficult decision to furlough most of our staff temporarily, in order to protect the financial stability of our organization. The Board is committed to preserving The Z as the heart of our community well into the future and is taking the necessary short-term measures to ensure the best outcome.”

 

 

 

The closure also affects over 700 performing artists. This includes all artists, musicians and dancers employed by the The Zeiterion, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and the New Bedford Festival Theatre.

 

 

 

On March 12, The Zeiterion was among the first cultural organizations in New Bedford to cancel a major event in response to the virus. Following the initial cancellation, performances were postponed through April 30. That postponement date has now been extended through early August and affects over 50 performances, 10 school student shows, and the annual two-day New Bedford Folk Festival.

 

 

 

In total, the three non-profits estimate over 31,000 people would have attended performances at the Zeiterion during the closure between mid-March and early August, and that translates into a $2.3 million dollar economic loss for the region. Annually, The Zeiterion, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and New Bedford Festival Theatre attract 100,000 visitors to downtown New Bedford which represents a $7.6 million dollar impact on the regional economy.

 

 

 

Zeiterion’s Executive Director Rosemary Gill added, “We are acutely aware of our influence on the local economy and we are all doing everything we can to ensure the strongest possible reopening.”

 

 

 

The COVID-19 closure has a deep financial impact on the all three organizations. Like many non-profits presenting entertainment, a majority of their annual budgets are derived from earned revenue through ticket sales. The Zeiterion alone will endure a $1.4 million dollar loss of income.

 

 

 

“Many supporters are asking how they help during this time. Charitable donations or memberships would immediately benefit any of the three non-profits that share the Zeiterion’s stage” says Rosemary Gill, the Zeiterion’s Executive Director.  She added, “I’m so grateful to The Z’s board for their courage to make difficult decisions to protect our future, to our patrons for their patience and understanding, and to our donors and funders for their generosity.”

 

 

 

The Zeiterion, NBSO and NBFT are currently planning for days when safety allows people to gather again. New Bedford Festival Theatre has postponed its 2020 production of Annie and is working to secure the rights in order to bring Annie back in the summer of 2021. Many of the Zeiterion and some of the New Bedford Symphony shows have been rescheduled, and new performances will soon be announced. During the closure, The Z is offering pay-what-you-choose virtual classes like salsa dance and ukulele lessons, and both the NBSO and The Z are presenting virtual concerts on their social media channels.

 

 

 

For continued updates, please visit the web sites for all three organizations: www.zeiterion.orgwww.nbsymphony.org, and www.nbfestivaltheatre.org.