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Operation A.B.L.E. Holds 2016 Graduation at State Street Bank

Operation ABLE Press Release

Richard W. Curtis, VP of State Street Corporation and member of the Operation A.B.L.E. Board keynote at A.B.L.E.’s 2016 graduation.

BOSTON, MA June 30, 2016 – Today at a ceremony held at State Street Corporation in Boston, Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based on Long Experience) of Greater Boston graduated 91 individuals who have completed three of its training programs.

Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. has been the only organization in the state whose sole mission has been to get job seekers 45 years of age and older back to work. Since it began 34 years ago, it has assisted more than 34,000 of these older workers to reenter the workforce, and this year’s graduation provides another major step forward in providing a new group with the training they need to market their skills, and to find a job.

Joan Cirillo, President and CEO of Operation A.B.L.E., told the graduates, “Returning to school after you have been working for many years is never easy….You have our pledge that we will work with each of you until you find work. We at ABLE are absolutely convinced that it was the right step (for you) to take.”

The Keynote Speaker at the graduation was Richard W. Curtis, Vice President, State Street Corporation and member of the Operation A.B.L.E. Board of Directors. Two members of the graduating class, Margaret Young who graduated from the A.B.L.E. Beginnings Program and Tanya Jones-Jenkins who completed the Medical Office & Healthcare Program also spoke.

There were 91 graduates, a sizable increase over last year’s total of 63.

  • 33 graduated from A.B.L.E. Beginnings, a six-week computer skills program teaching how to apply for jobs on-line, how to create resumes and how to interview.
  • 35 were graduates from Medical & Health Care Training, a twelve-week course, plus a six-week internship teaching the essentials of working in a medical office as a patient service coordinator, practice assistant and medical office receptionist. There is also on-going weekly job search assistance.
  • 23 completed Skills2Work, a twelve week customer service training program with a follow-up six-week internship, for jobs as a receptionist, call center representative and administrative assistant.

About Operation A.B.L.E.
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has been the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment services for job seekers 45 years of age and older. Since it began, more than 35,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation A.B.L.E., which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.

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Contact:
Operation A.B.L.E.
617-541-4180
www.operationable.net

Operation A.B.L.E. Celebrating 34th Anniversary Proving Job Seeker Training

Operation ABLE Press Release

Massachusetts Based Job Training Non-profit Provides Training and Employment Services for Job Seekers 45 and Older

BOSTON, MA May 19, 2016Operation A.B.L.E. (Ability Based On Long Experience), which provides training and employment resources for job seekers 45 and older, is celebrating its 34th Anniversary.

It all started May 19, 1982, when Ezra Merrill, who had recently retired as president of H.P. Hood & Company, founded Careers for Later Years, a non-profit dedicated to recruiting retired executives who would help other non-profits better manage their operations. That Organization became Operation A.B.L.E., which over the past 34 years has helped more than 34,000 job seekers from economically, racially and occupationally diverse backgrounds prepare to return to the workplace.

The task Operation A.B.L.E. has undertaken has become more complex and more necessary with every passing year, as the unemployed older workforce expands in numbers and in needs.

Operation A.B.L.E. President & Chief Executive Officer, Joan Cirillo, says, “We know there are so many candidates that are very competent. All they need is a chance. We are trying to give them that opportunity. We really believe we can cut in half the amount of time a job seeker is out of work, and are laser-like in pursuing our mission.”

To help meet its goals, Operation A.B.L.E. recently received both a Community Development Block Grant, as well as a Neighborhood Jobs Trust Grant from The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD). Operation A.B.L.E. has also added a program called ABLE AgeWorks, which provides training assistance to professionals, managers and executives over the age of 45.

About Operation A.B.L.E.
Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has been the only organization in Massachusetts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment services for job seekers 45 years of age and older. Since it began, more than 35,000 individuals have been assisted by Operation A.B.L.E., which is celebrating its 35th Anniversary.

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Contact:
Operation A.B.L.E.
617-541-4180
www.operationable.net

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