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Commonwealth Workforce Coalition

The mission of the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition (CWC) is to strengthen the capacity of the Massachusetts' community-based education, training, and employment system to produce better employment and earnings outcomes for low income residents and low wage workers. CWC focuses on:

1. building the skills and knowledge of direct service and program management staff;
2. supporting increased communication networks and connection among practitioners and other system stakeholders; and
3. developing and strengthening leaders within the workforce development field.

CWC carries out a range of activities, including:

  • delivering training and professional development support to its members' front line workers, strengthening their ability to provide quality workforce development programs by learning from each other and recognized experts;
  • providing regular, structured opportunities for networking, sharing of information, peer-to-peer exchange, and collaboration among front line staff; and
  • developing program and organizational models for increasing and sustaining capacity that can be transferable to other organizations.

CWC sponsors an annual statewide conference for workforce development professionals in the Spring.

Commonwealth Workforce Coalition:
Developing New Relationships in 2012

2012 was a strong year for the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition, where we saw new relationships develop that will support the professional skills of the workforce development system in Massachusetts. There were a few “firsts” at CWC’s “Sharing Skills ~ Building Connections” conference in May 2012. Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne Goldstein opened the conference with a keynote address to the 400 participants. She was the first Labor Secretary to attend the conference in its nine year history.


CEDAC, 18 Tremont Street Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02108 tel. 617-727-5944 fax 617-727-5990 email cedac@cedac.org