Jeff Napolitano, Project Director
Jeff is the director of Community Works, a pre-apprenticeship program that recruits, trains, and helps place residents of the Greater Springfield area into the construction/transportation industry and building trades. Jeff has been a member of the Hampden County Central Labor Council, the UAW, UNITE HERE, and has long organized for worker rights. He is a graduate of UMass Amherst and studied at the UMass Labor Center.


Joseph Connolly is the director of the Labor Management Workplace Education Program, a workplace education partnership at UMass Amherst offering quality, innovative training and education to the diverse employees/staff, including those with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Joseph has had thirty years of experience in overseeing workforce development projects. He has administered 180 funding awards. Each one of those projects met its promised deliverables. In addition, he has thirty-five years of experience working with trades and service-maintenance workers, including 7 years administrating pre-apprenticeship programming.