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Budget cuts lead to closing of employment office

'We helped people get jobs and now we're losing our jobs'

Corporation for Public Management Vice President Kenneth Demers, left, and Internet Technology Director Dave Hakes help close up the Employment Service Program at 328 Main St. Monday, Feb. 14. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 15, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — Workers who once helped find jobs for others will be soon be looking for jobs themselves.

With statewide budget cuts in effect, the Young Parents Program (YPP) and Competitive Integrates Employment Services (CIES) will cease to exist starting Tuesday, March 1.

The programs have already stopped and the office on 328 Main St. is being cleaned out. The state began the program 20 years ago and had an office for 15 years in Southbridge.

Both programs were Employment Service Programs (ESP) that worked to get jobs and/or further education for young parents and other Massachusetts residents on welfare. Both programs were funded by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.

"The CIES was a job placement program for adults receiving public assistance," said Kenneth Demers, vice president of Corporation for Public Management, which worked with the Southbridge branch. "Our job was to bring them in, educate them, train them, work with the business community and then put them in a job. It gets them off welfare and back working. The people are no longer paying them and they're now paying taxes."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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