In today’s daily 5 Things You Need to Know feature, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important items and stories that Worcester and Central Massachusetts residents should keep a close eye on.
These five things can cover a whole range of subjects and issues that we feel are pertinent to understanding what’s going on in the city and the cities and towns surrounding Worcester.
In today’s edition – February 3, 2021 - ThisWeekinWorcester.com has a new look, MassDOT awards $3.2 million in grants to 21 municipalities, a grant issued to QCC will enable 40 unemployed people to be trained to re-enter the workforce in healthcare, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey has tips to reduce the risk of electrical fires and the Better Business Bureau is encouraging people to protect private information on your vaccine card.
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation [MassDOT] announced grant awards from the Shared Winter Streets and Spaces program to 21 municipalities across Massachusetts on Tuesday, February 2.
This is the third round of grants issued since the program launched on November 10. With over $3.2 million released in this round, the program has distributed $10 million.
According to MassDOT, of the 21 projects in 21 municipalities funded in this third funding round, 62% of recipients have never received a grant from the program before.
The grant awardees in Worcester County are:
The Shared Winter Streets and Spaces program, launched on November 10, provides technical and funding assistance to help Massachusetts cities and towns conceive, design, and implement tactical changes to curbs, streets, and parking areas to support public health, safe mobility, and renewed commerce, focusing specially on the particular challenges of winter.
The program provides grants as small as $5,000 and as large as $500,000 for municipalities to quickly launch changes for safer walking, biking, public transit, recreation, commerce, and civic activities. These improvements can be intentionally temporary or can be pilots of potentially permanent changes.
MassDOT is particularly focused on projects that respond to the current public health crisis and provide safe mobility for children, for senior citizens, to public transportation, and to open space and parks.
A 2020/2021 Kenneth J. Donnelly Workforce Success Grant for Expanded Training Capacity & Employment Program Performance grant will enable Quinsigamond Community College to train and place unemployed people in the healthcare industry.
The $197,183 grant will provide funding for 40 unemployed residents to be part of the College’s Administrative Medical Professional Program.
QCC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education (CWDCE) will provide training and placement services for 40 eligible, unemployed residents in the Central MA region.
Donnelly Workforce Success Grants serve people across Massachusetts whose life experiences and circumstances make it difficult for them to succeed in employment without targeted support.
The program train students to enter the workforce as a Medical Administrative Assistant in a variety of healthcare settings
Students who complete the program and remain employed for 60 days at 30-hours-a-week are eligible to receive a $500 stipend.
Students in the program will learn the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare team, interpersonal communication, medical records management, compliance with HIPAA, and diagnostic and procedural coding. Students will also learn how prepare for and appropriately respond to various life-threatening emergencies in the medical office setting.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2019 to 2029, Medical Administrative Assistants will more than quadruple the job growth rate of all other occupations.
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey is promoting the theme of this 2021 National Burn Awareness week, "Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap (A to Z)!"
National Burn Awareness week is February 7 to February 13, 2021. Electrical fires are the second leading cause of fire deaths in Massachusetts.
There are many household risks that can be risks. Using major appliances safely, charging phones and laptops on hard surfaces, switching to LED lightbulbs, installing outlet covers, and storing batteries safely are all easy steps we can take to prevent electrical fires and burns.
Ostroskey advises the following steps to reduce the possibility of electrical fires in the home:
The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers who have received the COVID-19 vaccine of the dangers of showing your vaccination card online.
As some more individuals are receiving the vaccine each day, some people have taken pictures of their vaccination card to encourage others.
The vaccination card has the individual’s full name and birthday on it, which is highly valuable to a criminal when match with other data.
Here are some steps individuals can take to better protect: