Anderson hired as Career Center director

AREA — Mayor William Martin of Greenfield and Mayor David Narkewicz of Northampton have announced the hiring of Teri Anderson as the new executive director of the Franklin Hampshire Employment & Training Consortium (FHETC) and the Franklin Hampshire Career Center.

FHETC is the administrative entity established by the two mayors in 1981 to operate public employment services in the 50-community Franklin Hampshire and North Quabbin region. Utilizing federal and state funds associated with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the agency delivers services through One Stop Career Centers in Greenfield and Northampton, and a satellite office in the North Quabbin region.

The previous director of the center, Michael Truckey, retired in May of 2015 after 38 years with FHETC.

An interview team comprising representatives from the mayors’ offices, the Career Center, the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, and the state Division of Career Services conducted a thorough search process, looking for a person with the right combination of leadership, planning and management skills to take on the job.

Anderson is past Economic Development Director for the City of Northampton and brings many years of experience in planning, project development, grants management, and economic development. Patricia Crosby, Executive Director of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board, which oversees workforce services in the region, quotes from the letter sent on behalf of the interview team to the mayors, saying, “We firmly believe that Teri has both the ‘big picture’ visioning and the day-to-day administrative skills needed for this important position, and that her deep knowledge of the Franklin/Hampshire region, planning expertise, and calm, steady presence will serve us well in this critical transitional period.”

“She has experience in business development and technical assistance as well,” notes Steve Kravetz, head of the Arbors at Amherst and past Chair of the REB. “This will be a great asset to the agency in responding to the demand-driven focus of the new Workforce Act.”

Anderson has recently held positions with Common Capital and the Mass Broadband Institute. As important, notes Crosby, she is no stranger to the workforce development activities of the Career Center and REB, having served in the past on the board as a representative of the former Northampton Mayor’s office.

“We find her smart, organized, diplomatic, thoughtful and collaborative,” says Elsa Cline, past Director of Finance for FHETC and a member of the interview team. “Those of us retiring feel the agency is in excellent hands.”

Anderson began her position on Tuesday, Feb. 16, with an office at the Greenfield Career Center at One Arch Pl.

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