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Connecticut’s $70 million CareerConneCT job training initiative is officially open.

The Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy launched 19 job training programs this week, all funded by federal pandemic relief funds.

State officials announced the initiative in January, which was created to help residents who lost their jobs during the pandemic return to work and help address the city’s labor shortage. State.

The 19 chosen programs are designed to train and place residents in high-quality, in-demand jobs across the state.

The 19 programs chosen aim to train and place residents in quality and in-demand jobs.

They also target the most underrepresented populations in the labor force.

“It’s more than job training, it’s an overhaul of how we approach workforce development,” said Connecticut Workforce Director Dr. Kelli Vallieres. .

“The guiding principles of CareerConneCT are to build an inclusive, collaborative and coordinated workforce system.”


The 19 programs span seven strategic sectors, including healthcare, clean energy/infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, CDC, biosciences, and social/human services.

While most programs have a specific focus, some programs are designed to create workforce pipelines across multiple industries.

“Many of these organizations spent years developing collaborative workforce pipelines, but lacked funding and visibility,” said AABC President and CEO Chris DiPentima.

“We need to encourage job seekers to use CareerConneCT, which will guide them through every step of the process.”

“We need to encourage job seekers to use CareerConneCT, which will guide them through every step of the process.”

State officials said the programs will not only train individuals but also provide support services such as child care, transportation and career counseling.

Post-secondary pipelines

While many programs support adults looking to re-enter the workforce who may have faced challenges due to the pandemic or other inequities, some programs are for people who have recently graduated from high school. .

AABC affiliate ReadyCT and District Arts and Education are among the programs chosen to receive funding to support these individuals.

OWS said ReadyCT will receive $3 million to help high school and recent graduates define their career goals and immediately place them in high-demand industrial jobs.

“ReadyCT is thrilled that CareerConneCT is investing in the future of the workforce,” said Shannon Marimón, Executive Director of ReadyCT.

Shannon Marimon of ReadyCT

“We seek to expose public high school graduates to the true wealth of career opportunities in Connecticut.”

“In partnership with OWS and leveraging industry training programs across the state, we seek to expose public high school seniors to the true wealth of career opportunities in Connecticut in ways that create meaningful pipelines of talent in our high-growth, high-demand industries.

“Bright and capable students populate Connecticut schools in every community, in every demographic.

“This initiative will help us cultivate their talents in a way that will benefit both individuals and the business community.”

Career Connect Program Grants

Organization Industry The description Funding scholarship
TB East Workforce Investment Board Manufacturing Expansion of the nationally recognized Statewide Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative to train people for entry-level manufacturing positions. $7,850,000
Work place Health care Scaling the Southwest Healthcare Career Academy statewide to train people for entry-level healthcare positions. $7,500,000
Career Resources Inc. Other (multiple industries) Train people involved in justice and re-enter careers in health care, technology, construction and manufacturing. $5,250,000
Capital Labor Partners CDL Expand CDL training programs across the state and focus a portion of training funds specifically on reintegrating individuals. $4,500,000
Capital Labor Partners Computer science Provide statewide IT training focused on four main tracks: IT Support, Front End Development, Information Security, and Network/Cloud Operations. $4,500,000
Northwest Regional Workforce Investment
Clean Energy/Infrastructure Develop existing programs and develop new programs in energy efficiency, solar, offshore wind, construction, OSHA, energy management. $4,780,000
Connecticut Building Trades Training Institute Clean Energy/Infrastructure Statewide program providing construction preparation opportunities for registered union apprentices in the building trades. $3,640,000
ReadyCT Other (multiple industries) Helps high school seniors/recent graduates define their post-secondary career goals and immediately enter the workforce in a high-demand industry. $3,000,000
ConnCAT Biosciences Entry-level training in biosciences, including laboratory operations, compound management, laboratory animal husbandry, research support, and biomanufacturing. $2,500,000
Family Centers, Inc. Health care Pathways to Employment Growth will train people for in-demand healthcare and IT jobs in southwestern Connecticut. $2,274,227
Efficiency for all Clean Energy/Infrastructure Short-term vocational training for people wishing to enter the energy efficiency industry. $2,000,000
Connecticut Center for Advanced Manufacturing Manufacturing Target unemployed workers who need additional skills to enter the manufacturing workforce at higher level positions. 2,158,401
Havenley, Inc. Other (multiple industries) Six-month paid job training program aimed at creating opportunities for refugee and immigrant women in the Greater New Haven area to find stable, quality employment. $1,870,683
Career Resources, Inc. Health care Sponsor an entry-level training program created directly by Waveny LifeCare Network to hire CNAs directly into their healthcare system. $1,840,000
capacity beyond Other (multiple industries) Enable people with disabilities to gain valuable prerequisite skills and certifications before participating in an Office of Rehabilitation Services training program. $1,840,000
Charter Oak College Foundation Computer science Trains entry-level health information management workers to perform job functions in a revenue cycle department of a hospital or other health care facility or medical practice. $1,375,000
Marrakesh Social/human services Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury targeted the program at training individuals for roles in community and social services/human services, personal services, and clerical and administrative support. $1,493,969
Arts + Education District Computer science Provide high school students with a foundation in digital life skills and a 12-month immersion experience in software engineering and web development. $1,000,000
Work place Other (multiple industries) The RemoteWorks program prepares participants for a range of occupations in remote customer service, database management, internal support, and a variety of additional fields. $669,608

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