Why our partners are important to us.

Our Partners are important to us and the workforce system as a whole.  Workforce development partnerships bring together multiple perspectives and complementary needs from businesses, education and training providers, workforce organizations, and community resources to support the design, implementation, and sustainability of effective workforce development interventions.  Partnerships provide the opportunity to leverage the respective resources, assets, knowledge, and expertise of diverse organizations around a focused challenge.

Some of our Partnerships can have a large number of members, representing different perspectives and types of organizations, and with varying degrees of commitment to the mission of the partnership.   Some partnerships may seek equal or similar levels of participation.  Others may develop multiple partner categories in order to allow for different levels and degrees of commitment, engagement, and participation.  Noted here are some of those partners and partnerships.


  • City of New Bedford
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA)
  • The Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council
  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
  • Massachusetts Department of Career Services (DCS)
  • MassHire BizWorks
  • New Bedford Economic Development Council (NBEDC)
  • Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA)
  • U.S. Department of Labor


  • Acushnet Company
  • Ahead USA
  • BayCoast Bank
  • Blount Fine Foods
  • Darn It!, Inc.
  • East Coast Fabrication
  • Five Star Manufacturing
  • Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding
  • Horacio’s
  • HTP Comfort Solutions LLC
  • Immigrants Assistance Center (IAC)
  • INEX Advisors LLC
  • Joseph Abboud Manufacturing
  • Kennedy Appraisers Inc.
  • Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training
  • Marine Hydraulics
  • Membrane Concepts
  • Moby Dick Brewing Co.
  • New Bedford Housing Authority (NBHA)
  • New Bedford Seafood Auction
  • Potentia Holdings, LLC
  • Poyant Signs
  • Precix, Inc.
  • Quinn Fisheries Inc.
  • Reliable Bus Lines, Inc.
  • Sid Wainer & Son’s
  • SouthCoast Hospitals Group
  • Spherion Staffing
  • Standard Marine Outfitters
  • The WorkPlace

Community Based

  • 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
  • Building Pathways South Pre-Apprentice Program
  • Child and Family Services
  • Coastline Elderly Services
  • Business Innovation Center
  • Commonwealth Corporation
  • Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts  (CEDC)
  • Construction & General Laborer’s Union Local No. 385(L.I. U.N.A.)
  • E-workstyle Institute
  • Greater New Bedford Community Health Center
  • Greater New Bedford Youth Alliance
  • Job Corps
  • Junior Achievement
  • LifeStream, Inc.
  • MassHire Greater New Bedford Career Center
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)
  • MassHire Workforce Association
  • NorthStar Learning Center
  • One Southcoast Chamber of Commerce
  • People Acting in Community Endeavors, Inc. (PACE)
  • United Way of Greater New Bedford
  • YouthBuild
  • YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts


  • Apponequet Regional High School
  • Bristol Community College
  • Dartmouth High School
  • Fairhaven High School
  • Global Learning Charter Public School
  • Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • Old Rochester Regional High School
  • New Bedford High School
  • Wareham High School
  • Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Workers’ Education Program

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