2016 CWC Conference

13th Annual Sharing Skills – Building Connections

Date Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Location Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center

The Sharing Skills – Building Connections conference provides agencies from across the Commonwealth with the opportunity to improve their workforce programs and practices; build connections across the range of provider systems; share skills and experiences; and equips attendees to better provide employment services to thousands of underemployed and unemployed people moving towards economic success.

Keynote Speaker

Mark Melnik, Ph.D.

Discussing Trends and Issues in the Massachusetts Youth Labor Market

Mark Melnik, Ph.D., is the Director of the Economic and Public Policy Research (EPPR) group at the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute (UMDI).   Dr. Melnik leads a team of 14 research professionals working on a variety of economic, demographic, and public policy related research projects for stakeholders in government, private industry, and the non-profit sector. In addition, the EPPR team at UMDI produces MassBenchmarks, an economic journal that presents timely information concerning the performance of and prospects for the Massachusetts economy, including labor market and labor force issues. Dr. Melnik serves as the Managing Editor of MassBenchmarks.

Dr. Melnik’s team at UMDI has extensive experience working in labor market and workforce issues, including an overview of the workforce training system in the City of Cambridge as part of the Citywide Masterplan. Dr. Melnik’s group at UMDI also recently completed a report for the Boston Private Industry Council on youth labor market trends and policy implications in Massachusetts.

Before joining the UMDI, Dr. Melnik was Deputy Director for Research at the Boston Redevelopment Authority. As part of his work with the BRA, Dr. Melnik worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (formerly known as Jobs and Community Services), including being an invited speaker at two Boston Workforce Issues forums. Dr. Melnik also previous worked as a Research Associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Dr. Melnik holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Youngstown State University. He also holds a master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University. His dissertation explored skill and credential mismatches in the Greater Boston’s labor market.

Conference Materials

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