Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 11, 2013

Workforce training grant aids Andover man's company

Staff report
The Andover Townsman

---- — A local technology business owned in part by an Andover man will benefit from a new grant program designed to help community colleges respond to employer requests for workforce training.

Northern Essex Community College has received a $27,218 grant from the Massachusetts Rapid Response Fund to deliver computer training and Spanish language classes to employees of Mainstream Global in Lawrence.

Founded in 2000, Mainstream Global specializes in reusing and repurposing technology devices along with secure data erasure for organizations including computer OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), contract manufacturers and service companies around the globe.

Luis Yepez of Andover, the company’s chief operating officer and founder, said in a press release that Mainstream Global “began with the belief that a small company can make a difference.”

“Over the course of the past 13 years, our goals have been validated by some of the largest organizations in the world as well as our local community, in which we strive to support and see flourish,” he said.

Mainstream Global has more than 100 employees worldwide, including 40 office and warehouse personnel in Lawrence. In the last 15 months, the company has opened four international processing sites in South America. Employees at all sites process 50,000-plus computer assets each month.

“Our global headquarters and first processing center were built in Lawrence,” Yepez said. “Since our inception, we have been committed to hiring from within our local community and we take pride in knowing we are improving the quality of life and offering opportunities to those we employ.”

Through he grant, four warehouse employees will receive training on Microsoft Office Suite, 12 administrative support staff will learn Advanced Excel and two warehouse supervisors and two administrative support staff will acquire Spanish language training to better communicate with the local and international offices. The training began in June and runs through September.

“Mainstream Global wanted to enhance the efficiency of its staff, using available technology, and improve communication between supervisors and their Spanish-speaking employees,” George Moriarty, NECC’s executive director of workforce development and corporate relations, said in the release. “Northern Essex stepped in to offer them the training to achieve those goals.”

Northern Essex was one of 10 community colleges in Massachusetts to receive Rapid Response Fund Grants, which were recently announced by Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland.

The Rapid Response Incentive Program was funded in the fiscal 2013 budget to support efforts at community colleges to meet workforce development needs of area employers

For more information on workforce training, contact Moriarty at 978-659-1224 or gmoriarty@necc.mass.edu.

NECC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education, located at Riverwalk, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence, offers noncredit personal enrichment courses as well as professional certificates and computer training for individuals and companies that are looking for the cutting-edge skills most needed in today’s workforce. For more information, call 978-659-1200 or visit www.necc.mass.edu/noncredit.