Partners in Career and Workforce Development program was recently featured in The Baystate Banner. Find a portion of the story below.

Karen Jones was working in Information Systems at Partners HealthCare for a few years when she saw a system wide email about the Partners in Career and Workforce Development Program (PCWD) -   a free job training and internship program – and she immediately thought of her son Zachary and forwarded it to him.

Not only did that email engage Zachary in PCWD, but it eventually hooked his brother Kyle too.

Three years later, the Jones/Cox trio (pictured above)  is keeping Partners in their family: Karen and Zachary work in Partners Information Systems and Kyle is a patient services coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Before PCWD, I did a lot of soul-searching and knew that I wanted to work in a career that helped people,” Zachary said. “My mother had suggested I look into working at a hospital, so I did, and then it became a matter of how I get to work there.”  That’s where PCWD came in and provided Zachary the opportunity to walk away from his job in retail and begin his career in health care.

The PCWD program is a free, eight week program that includes classes about customer service skills, office computer skills, financial literacy, resume writing, interview skills and internships. The program is open to any eligible applicant interested in an entry level position in a Partners hospital. The program is an essential part of the work that the health care system does to help enhance educational and economic opportunities for community residents.

Read more about Karen Jones and her sons' experiences with the PCWD program from The Baystate Banner.