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“Social equity is at the core,” said Fred McKinney, co-author of the manifesto.
With federal and state unemployment bonuses now expired, there could be a returning tsunami of people looking for regular employment – and unsure of how to find it.
“Investing in our community by cleaning up contaminated brownfield sites in Southwest Connecticut boosts our economy,” remarked U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT 4th).
“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."
“The longer people are out of work, the more complacent they become,” WorkPlace President and CEO Joseph Carbone says. “They can start to lose contact with some of their basic skills and can get depressed.”
The WorkPlace, which will relocate from 350 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport, was founded in 1983 and coordinates comprehensive workforce development policies and programs that prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers.
“Take out all the friction and we’ll make this economy sing,” the governor told the crowd at The WorkPlace's quarterly meeting, held June 21 at Housatonic Community College.
The state's Nonprofit Grant Program provides funds for one-time improvements that upgrade recipients' efficiency and effectiveness.
Recipients include The WorkPlace and the Neighborhood Trust,
The seniors program is aimed at unemployed, low-income individuals, aged 55 and older, with otherwise poor employment prospects.
YouthBuild Bridgeport will serve 65 at-risk youth over 27 months beginning Oct. 1.
The Retail Career Academy includes a a two-week seminar and a five-week “boot camp” for job-readiness training.
The "Strengthening Working Families Initiative” will allow The WorkPlace to provide transportation, child care costs and other support for participants.
Bridgeport-based Healthcare Academy, already assisting hundreds, looks to train another 1,500.
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