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United Way

Forum Examines Job Advancement Opportunities For Low Wage Workers

MANCHESTER — At a forum hosted by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving Friday morning, panelists discussed how adults with low-wage work can find better jobs.

Michael Goodman, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, noted that the manufacturing sector has been shrinking its workforce for decades — and those jobs aren't coming back.

Goodman said educators in Massachusetts "hear a lot of complaints [that manufacturers] can't find people," but those same employers don't always follow through by hiring graduates of training programs.

"They value experience much more than they do credentials," he said.

The program, at a...