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The online, competency-based higher education model is a way to help retain and expand homegrown IT talent in Connecticut – an attractive prospect for local businesses and industry.
The $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help build career pathways in the information technology and advanced manufacturing sectors.
“Workforce development begins in kindergarten," says Kelli Vallieres, executive director of the newly-formed Connecticut Workforce Development Unit. "By talking with them at such a young age about what they’re interested in, you can find the fire that sparks their interest."
“This pandemic has made this more relevant than ever," the governor said.
“Work as we know it is changing,” says Garrett Moran, chair of the Governor’s Workforce Council. “We will continue to refine our online offerings in the coming months and years. The CT Back to Work initiative is a terrific start.”
An unusual plan involving repurposing stranded tax credits may address the shortfall of qualified workers for open positions in various industries around Connecticut.
“Our systems don’t talk to each other enough, nor are we talking enough to the businesses where our students will ultimately seek employment,” Lamont said. “The status quo will no longer do." Council members include top executives at Bigelow Tea, Synchrony, and AQR Capital Management.