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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 17, 2005

Contact:  Sandra Rodriguez  (860) 522-1111 x235                                                                              

John Motley to Speak at Launch of Special Program To Help High School Graduates Make a Successful Transition To College and a Prosperous Career

Tunxis Community College – June 27, 205 – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

BRISTOL – Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), in conjunction with Tunxis Community College is pleased to announce the launch of its landmark, summer bridge program, preparing income-challenged, area high school graduates for their transition into college and the workforce. “We are very excited to help this group of individuals, who otherwise might not have as good a chance at making the transition,” says Donna Laganga, Dean of Workforce Development & Continuing Education at Tunxis.  Tom Phillips, CEO and President of Capital Workforce Partner says, “we’re pleased to be a part of this initiative, that not only helps these individuals, but supports the area business community by providing them with a stronger, more qualified future workforce.”

John H. Motley, former St. Paul Travelers Connecticut Foundation President and now Hartford Public Schools’ district's executive director for external affairs will speak at this event..  The event will take place at Fischer Hall – 1st Floor (2-story building).

This program is for 1st generation college students with financial needs (WIA).  It offers seven college credits for completion of this – 6 wk program, giving 24 fortunate individuals a leg up in beginning their college experience.  Program training includes:  Intro to Windows, principles of sociology, and a student development seminar – geared toward transitional process from high school to college.  Twenty-four (24) high school graduates from New Britain, Bristol, Plainville, Southington, Terryville have been selected for this program.

Capital Workforce Partners is one of five workforce investment boards in the state of Connecticut, covering 37 municipalities including Hartford, New Britain and Bristol.

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