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The online, competency-based higher education model is a way to help retain and expand homegrown IT talent in Connecticut â€“ 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.
â€œWorkforce 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 theyâ€™re interested in, you can find the fire that sparks their interest."
â€œThis pandemic has made this more relevant than ever," the governor said.
â€œWork as we know it is changing,â€ says Garrett Moran, chair of the Governorâ€™s Workforce Council. â€œWe will continue to refine our online offerings in the coming months and years. The CT Back to Work initiative is a terrific start.â€
An unusual plan involving repurposing stranded tax credits may address the shortfall of qualified workers for open positions in various industries around Connecticut.
â€œOur systems donâ€™t talk to each other enough, nor are we talking enough to the businesses where our students will ultimately seek employment,â€ Lamont said. â€œThe status quo will no longer do." Council members include top executives at Bigelow Tea, Synchrony, and AQR Capital Management.