Professional Development Collaborative

Training Today’s Professional for Tomorrow’s Workplace

PDC’s Workshops Move to a New, Temporary Location in Watertown

By

Larry Elle, PDC President

President’s Report Fall 2017

Goodbye, Career Source Career Center, Cambridge, and the Framingham and Norwood Career Centers. The PDC got our start collaborating with these three career centers offering affordable professional training to unemployed professionals during the Great Recession. Together we made a difference. The career centers provided space for our high value training to assist laid-off individuals become re-employed. The Cambridge center was especially helpful in marketing our courses. Through our collaboration, we were able to provide affordable training for hundreds of people.

These three career centers are now under different management, and for the time being our collaboration has ceased. Through December of this year all of our workshops are being held at the Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, 570 Arsenal St., Watertown, next to the Watertown Mall.

More than ever, we now need your help to get the word out about our workshops. Help us reach out to the unemployed and underemployed, to those who feel stuck in jobs not tapping their potential, and to businesses that can’t find trained staff.

Please pass along our announcements to friends. Post them on LinkedIn and Facebook. Take our flyers along when you attend networking groups, trade shows and job fairs. Volunteer with the Professional Development Collaborative to be our ambassador to your community, religious organization or professional society. We invite you join our ranks and help us fulfill our mission of providing low cost training to speed people’s return to work or advance at work.

To help out, reply to larry.elle@pdcboston.org. You’ll enjoy the work, and each volunteer gains access to our workshops at half price.

Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to all those who continue to assist the PDC in fulfilling our mission. Together we are making a difference for many at a crucial juncture in their lives.

Reflection on the Las Vegas Massacre

The tragic massacre in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 reminds us of the fragility of life and the need for all of us to pull together to keep the fraying bonds of civilization from disintegrating. This is a time for all of us to do what we believe is most life affirming. We need to be there for each other and especially for those injured souls at risk of violence. All of us at the Professional Development Collaborative offer our thoughts and well wishes to all those injured and to their families and loved ones. While the shooter’s actions were truly evil, his ability to easily access the means of mass destruction is a political choice this nation has yet to address.

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