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Older adults gain new job skills when matched with local nonprofits through employment program

The Franklin Hampshire Career Center (FHCC), with a main office at One Arch Place in Greenfield, offers a program aimed at helping older adults find training opportunities and employment.

June 2018 FHCC Senior Employment photoThrough the Franklin Hampshire Career Center’s Senior Community Service Employment Program, older adults can gain valuable job skills while contributing to the meaningful work of local nonprofits.Elayne Ryba of FHCC is the job developer of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, which is administered by the Department of Labor. “Folks have to be over 55 years of age, currently unemployed, live in Franklin County and meet certain income criteria,” says Ryba. “We primarily place participants in non-profit agencies, to help them, and in return you get training in certain fields.”

LifePath is one local nonprofit that has benefited from those participating in the Senior Community Service Employment Program. “The senior aide currently working at LifePath has become a valued part of the team,” says Lynne Feldman, director of community services at LifePath. “We would be able to place additional aides here at our Greenfield headquarters if the right match was found.”

The skills gained through the program vary with each placement. “Mostly it would be computer skills in an office setting,” says Ryba, “but we do have other options.”

The part-time community service assignments the Senior Community Service Employment Program offers may lead to additional opportunities. “Many folks have gained confidence and new skills to pursue unsubsidized employment,” says Ryba.

For more information about the Senior Community Service Employment Program, contact Elayne Ryba at 413-774-4361 x315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..