Founded in 1877, CWS helps people who face barriers to work obtain employment and achieve self-sufficiency through innovative job training, placement and support services.

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Our Programs provide a mix of classroom learning and hands-on training to help participants develop technical and interpersonal skills to become successful in today’s competitive job market.

Building Careers

Our Career Design School provides participants with immersive, skills-based learning in a number of high-growth sectors, allowing them to explore, train and thrive in a new career.

Empowering the Workforce

We work in close partnership with employers to deliver training programs that focus on helping those with developmental disabilities build in-demand skills for the workplace.

Jump-Starting Opportunity

We connect skilled workers with employer partners to help fill critical staffing gaps and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the workplace.

Ongoing Support

Case managers help participants develop short- and long-term employment goals and provide ongoing post-placement services, legal assistance and counseling.

Call us for more information on how to work with us: (617) 720-2233

Our Story

CWS was founded over 140 years ago by Annie Adams Fields in Boston to improve the lives of the city’s poor.

Ms. Fields believed that access to high-quality education and employment opportunities was the most critical way she could improve the lives of those in poverty. She sought to apply business principles and efficiency to this mission.

Since then, CWS has stayed true to the mission set by our founders, while also expanding the scope of our programs and widening the range of the populations and geography we serve.

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