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Community Work Services
  • 174 Portland Street, #2, Boston, MA 02114
  • 617-720-2233
  • Vocational Skills Training
Commercial Production
Program activities:

The 6-week training program provides hands on work experience with commercial packaging of food products, navy apparel/ equipage, kit production and packaging. This is a paid work experience that provides real commercial contract experience and an introduction to the various career pathways in commercial production, packaging and warehousing. Training includes order fulfillment; folding, sealing, sorting, bundling; small parts packaging, and inventory control/warehousing. Participants are trained in workplace safety, and mail tasks, including shipping and receiving.

CWS’ most recent partnership is with Mightier, an innovative organization that developed a program of bio-responsive video games to help children learn emotional regulation and deep breathing skills. Mightier will be employing individuals enrolled in the Commercial Production/ Packaging program to help assemble, package, and ship their program kits. Job seekers will have the additional opportunity to obtain their Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry Work Safety Certification. Students are eligible to apply for employment with Community Work Services’ Commercial Production Team.

The Job Readiness Program focuses on building professional soft skills and learning how to conduct a successful job search.
Courses include personal branding, workplace etiquette, getting along with co-workers and supervisors, resume writing, and interviewing skills. Participants also attended tours of local employers, on and off sites hiring events and mock interviews with hiring managers and professional volunteers (2 weeks).


Program is offered in: English
Participant demographics:

Low Income, disabled, underemployed, homeless adults, recovering from substance use

Anticipated number of SNAP participants per year: 15
Total hours: 25
Program duration: 8 weeks
Rolling Admission: Yes
Number of cycles: 8
Sample schedule:
HoursActivity TypeMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
9:00am-3:00pmClassroom Work
9:00am-3:00pmJob Readiness Training (2 weeks)
Other Schedule Information: Participant schedules and type of meeting will be determined based on individual’s availability due to work schedule. Admission will be on a rolling basis.
Is the program offered remotely? Possible, but not typical
Is public transportation available? Yes

Location information:

174 Portland Street Boston, MA 02114
Program requirements: CORI check, SORI check
Program is CORI friendly? Yes
Anticipated outcomes: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Commercial Production Training Completion Certification: Job Readiness and Training Completion Certificate
Other outcomes: Employment/Promotion, Industry skills gain

Participant Supports:

Participant Support CategoryAll participantsAs needed
DTA SNAP Child Care Referral
DTA SNAP Transportation Support
Test/License Fees
Are there any out of pocket expenses for the participant? No
Do participants receive any pay? Stipend
Other, please explain: Based on 80% training attendance and completion of skills training, job search training and obtained and retained employment for 30 days

Contact Information

Program Liaison: Silvia Suarez
Telephone: 617-720-2233
Program code: CWS-VT-CP
ABAWD Qualifying? Yes