2013 PRESS AND EVENTS
Honor a Vet - Hire one Today
November 11, 2013 - As we take the time to reflect on some of the things that our Veterans have sacrificed to preserve our American way of life please take a moment consider why we observe Veterans Day and how the holiday came into being. As the world’s first Great War “World War I” began to wane an “armistice” (a temporary cessation of hostilities) was called on November 11, 1918, seven months before the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France formally ending the war. In November of 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of “Armistice” Day*, claiming that reflections of that day should be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who have, not only died serving their country but who have also given America the opportunity to show its “sympathy with peace and justice in the council of nations.”
Source: United States Department of Veteran Affairs Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
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*A public law issued in 1954 replaced the word “Armistice” with “Veterans” In acknowledgement of the conflict in Korea and made November 11th a day to honor veterans of all American wars.
Capital Workforce Partners and the Region's Mayors Recieve Recognition for Summer Youth Program; Invited to White House Event to Discuss President Obama's Youth Employment Initiative
September 26, 2013 - Five Mayors in the North Central Connecticut region along with Capital Workforce Partners have received recognition for the sucess of their Youth Employment initiatives this past summer as a part of the Obama Administration's Youth Jobs + Campaign. Hartford Mayor, Pedro Segarra represented the five Mayors: Mayor Tim O'Brien, New Britain; Mayor Art Ward, Bristol; Mayor Marcia Leclerc, East Hartford and Mayor Leo Diana, Manchester along with President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners, Tom Phillips at a discussion on this initiative... Read More
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August 19, 2013 - CREC's East Hartford Summer Youth Program celebrates - after hearing from Mayor LeClerc and having a pizza lunch.
Aug 19, 2013 - Congresswoman Esty's Employment and Workforce Roundtable - Congresswoman Esty assembled key stakeholders in her district's economy to discuss both supporting an economy that creates jobs while ensuring there is a qualified workforce to meet the demand.
August 16, 2013 -Bristol's Future Workforce These young ladies from Bristol Community Organization, take a breather between their summer jobs and heading back to school.
August 16, 2013 -New Britain's Future Workforce - CWP Employer Engagement Specialist, Gerry Berthiaume speaks to the youth completing their summer employment program at HRA of New Britain. OIC also completed their program on this date.
August 12, 2013 - A Proclamation to Vernon Summer Youth Workers - Vernon’s Summer Youth Employment Closing celebration was held in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall. It was hosted jointly by Mayor George Apel, Vernon’s Youth Services Bureau, CREC, and Rockville High School’s Career Center. Mayor Apel spoke with the students about the value of their work experiences and their future career plans. Each student also introduced themselves and shared where they worked and their future career goals. The Mayor presented each student with a written Proclamation.
Capital Workforce Partners Appoints Sheldon Bustow as Chairman of its Board
Capital Workforce Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Sheldon Bustow, Director of New Business Development at New Britain’s Hospital for Special Care, as Chairman of its 45-Member Workforce Investment Board. Read more...
Capital Workforce Partners announces a $274,000 grant from the Heller School’s Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University and the Walmart Foundation for Hartford youth as part of a national “Youth Employability Initiative”
Hartford, CT July 23, 2013 – On Monday, July 22, the Brandeis Center for Youth and Communities announced it received a $2.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to reach 1,200 vulnerable youth in seven communities: Chicago, Detroit, Hartford, Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix/Maricopa County, and San Diego. The grant will directly support summer programs that employ, educate, and support young people as well as efforts to create a national dialogue on enhancing youth employability. In Hartford, the grant will support competency-based summer jobs that integrate work and learning for 200 teens. For many of them, this will be their first job. Read more....
At Risk Youth to Benefit from Training and Career Preparation through Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative through a $100,000 Grant from the Aspen Institute, and a
matching $100,000 Grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Hartford, July 12, 2013. Capital Workforce Partners and the City of Hartford are pleased to announce a $200,000 investment that will result in a comprehensive plan to improve the life outcomes for more than 5,600 Hartford, CT Opportunity Youth (youth who do not have a high school diploma or who have a diploma or GED but are not in school or working.) That investment is comprised of a $100,000 development grant from the Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund Development Grant project, and a matching $100,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. On behalf of the City of Hartford and the Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative (The Collaborative), Capital Workforce Partners will draw on its extensive experience to serve as the grantee and backbone organization. Read more here.
June 26, 2013 - Manchester Manufacturers Hotline Is Launched - AdChem's Mike Polo hosted this pressconference, on behalf of the Manchester Workforce Commission. He is shown here with the Commission's Vice Chair (and CWP's), Tom Phillips. Also at the event were Mayor Leo Diana, State Rep. Jason Rojas, Chamber President Sue O'Connor and leader of the Manufacturers Resource Group, Beth Devine. This group will be operating the "hotline" to help Manchester manufacturers navigate the many training and other resources available to them to help them grow their business. Press release here. Hartford Courant article here.
June 25, 2013 - A Celebration of Partnership - And, a celebration of achievement as healthcare businesses and workers were recognized for their workforce skills enhancements and achievements at the CWEALF and CWP recognition event. Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman was the keynote speaker, who many may not know, was once an X-ray Technician. VNA Healthcare was one of the recognized employers - see their Facebook page here.
Local Collaborative Wins National Award
June 22, 2013 (Capital Workforce Partners is a partner in the Workforce Solutions Collaborative). Read about it here.
June 20, 2013 - Meet the 2013 "Encore" Program Graduates - Many are on their way to rewarding leadership positions at area non-profits. Eight of the graduates recieved their training with Workforce Investment Act Scholarships. More info on the Encore Program here.
June 13, 2013 - Workforce Stars Recognized - UNCONN Provost Enlightens Audience - The 2013 Annual recognition event was a success this year, at Rentschler Field, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Mun Choi.
- Video of Workforce Professional Winners
- Press Release with Winners Listed
- Dr. Choi's Presentation
(includes the link to a more complete presentation)
Federal Sequester Hits State Job Programs - Hartford Courant Op Ed by Tom Phillips
TOM PHILLIPS | OP-EDThe Hartford Courant
7:41 p.m. EDT, June 3, 2013
Recently, we learned that members of Congress can act quickly when their flights heading home might be delayed. When it comes to the rest of us, all we get is, well — nothing. Congress protected the air traffic controllers from damaging cuts under the sequester, which requires automatic federal spending reductions, but didn't do anything to help people who have lost access to basic services such as nutrition, housing and the ability to attain and hold a job. Read more...
Speakers explain the advantages of hiring autistic workers at ‘Business After-Hours’
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:37 PM EDT
By SCOTT WHIPPLE
NEW BRITAIN — With a large percentage of the state’s workforce expected to retire in the next five years, businesses will need to start hiring new talent. Workers with autism should not be overlooked. They have skills, competency and dedication to offer prospective employers.
That was the message Wednesday from speakers Jill Larmett, disability navigator with Capital Workforce Partners and CTWorks, and Jerry Brick, general manager of Lake Compounce, during an after-hours event at the Klingberg Family Centers, Raymond Hill School, New Britain.
The event was co-sponsored by the Klingberg Family Centers, Capital Workforce Partners, the Greater New Britain-Berlin Chamber of Commerce, the Hospital for Special Care, Connecticut Autism Action Coalition, and the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce. Angelo’s Market catered the meeting. Read More...
May 20, 2013 - National Recognition - Beth McCabe, who is the coordinator of Staff Development and Core Services for KRA Corporation at CT Works received a national NAWDP “Professional Development Award.” She received this award in Minneapolis for her endless encouragement, as well as her wisdom that she instills into her trainers to help improve the overall quality of services. Capital Workforce Partners congratulates Beth. Joining Beth in the photo is Julie Watson (L) and Kim Staley (R). Story written by: CWP intern Brianna Nelson
May 14, 2013 - Capital Workforce Partners'
Tom Phillips and Board Member Jason Howey celebrates the New Britain Health Academy's first year, with student Amber Colasanto whose goal is to become a registered nurse or EMT.
May 1, 2013 - New Training Funds for New Britain Manufacturers - New Britain Mayor Timothy O'Brien (right) a long with CWP Tom Phillips (left) announced a citywide manufacturing training initiative at OKAY Industries that morning. The endeavor will provide Incumbent Worker Training and On-The-Job Training. For more information please contact: Dan Garewski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 30, 2013 - Bloomfield Business Services - Capital Workforce Partners' and CTWorks staff met with members of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce to discuss resources at their disposal to help them train, hire, and grow their workforce.
April 10, 2013 - Career Connections Job Fair-Students from the year-round Career Connections Program, and other special invited guests participated in a career fair for summer jobs. Over 20 different employers participated including Aetna, The Walker Group, UCONN Health Center and ShopRite East Hartford/Manchester. The employers set up booths to collect resumes from eager student job candidates.
April 8, 2013 - Congressman Courtney's Enfield CTWorks Legislative Roundtable- Congressman Joseph Courtney, Mayor Scott Kaupin, CT Dept. of Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer and President and CEO Tom Phillips of Capital Workforce Partners, hosted a roundtable discussion with Enfield local and federal legislative representation. Legislators toured the CTWorks One-Stop Center and discussed all of the services available to businesses and job seekers.
April 3, 2013 - Goodwin College's Vital Voices in Entrepreneurship - CWP Board Member, Sheldon Bustow chats with Restauranteur Billy Grant, the featured speaker at this Forum attended by several hundred. CWP's Julie Watson introduced the keynote speaker along with the interviewer for the evening, Rachel Lutzker.
Mar 18, 2013 - New Britain CTWorks Legislative Roundtable- Mayor Tim O'Brien, Connecticut Dept. of Labor Commissioner Sharon Palmer and President and CEO Tom Phillips of Capital Workforce Partners, hosted a roundtable discussion with New Britain local and federal legislative representation. Legislators toured the CTWorks One-Stop Center and discussed all of the services the CTWorks has to offer business and job seeker customers.
Connecticut's Future Workforce – Taking on the Youth Unemployment Crisis, by Finding Meaningful Jobs for Them Today
Tuesday, February 26 – 3:30pm-5pm, State Capitol – Old Judiciary Room
Connecticut Commissioner of Labor, Sharon Palmer to introduce
Governor Dannel P. Malloy who will provide the keynote address.
Learn about the steady decline in employment opportunities for teens (14-19 years old)
and young adults (20-24) that the U.S. and the State of Connecticut have been faced with.
Understand impending demographic changes that tell us now, more than ever, we need to provide work and learning opportunities for our youth – particularly in the state’s larger cities, where most of the future workforce will come from. Read More...
Feb 4, 2013 - Interested in a Career in the Trades? - The Bristol Jobs Funnel hosted a Recruitment and Informational Trade Show designed to raise community awareness about the Jobs Funnel, showcase the variety of career paths in the construction trades industry and feature community resources available to the Bristol community. The event was held at Tunxis Community College's Bristol Campus. More Jobs Funnel Info Here.
Feb 4, 2013 - CWP's Tom Phillips, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra and CT Dept. of Labor Commissioner Palmer hosted a tour and roundtable for Hartford City and Legislative Leadership on the benefits the CTWorks system brings to Hartford residents.
Jan 10, 2013 - Keisha Grant visits JMA - Keisha Grant, nightly newscaster from Channel 30, describes the challenges and thrills of having a career in broadcast journalism to Our Piece of the Pie's Tier III and Career Connections Students.
A Very Successful Summer of 2012.
Read All About It!
Capital Workforce Partners Selected by the Skoll Foundation, Huffington Post and Knowledge partner, McKinsey & Company to participate in the nation's Job Raising Challenge
Help us Raise Money to Connect Disconnected Youth TO JOBS!
Read more about the challenge outcomes here.
Where Will the Jobs Be?
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2012 PRESS AND EVENTS
Dec 18, 2012 - Further Reflection - Hartford employers gathered at The Lyceum to give their feedback and share their experiences with the 2012 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program. Employer reflection and feedback is essental for preparation for the 2013 year.
Dec 5, 2012 - Reflections to Better the Future - New Britain/Bristol area employers joined partner community agencies and Capital Workforce Partners at OIC to reflect on the triumphs and challenges of the 2012 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program. Feedback gathered at these meetings are used to improve the program for participating youth and employers.
Dec 4, 2012 - Health Care Career Fair - Over 300 juniors and seniors participated in an annual health care career fair hosted by New Britain High School and Capital Workforce Partners. Twenty health care employers representing a wide spectrum of allied health professions engaged the students in conversation about health career tracts and their future goals.
Nov 28, 2012 - Career Connections Kick-Off -The Travelers Claims University hosted this year's Career Connections Kick-Off. Career Connections is an initiative created for high school juniors and seniors and is designed to provide them meaningful exposure to the private sector workplace. Students will be given several opportunities through various activities such as job shadowing opportunities, college and company tours, participation in job fairs and Career Competency development.
Nov 14, 2012 - Jobs Funnel Open House - The Hartford Jobs Funnel held an Open House at its expanded facilities where they celebrated past accomplishments,their expanded reach into New Britain and Bristol and ongoing success for participants. Congratulations to The Jobs Funnel!
Nov 14, 2012 - The Great Turkey Drop-Off - Capital Workforce Partners, in conjunction with Stew Leonards of Newington and ShopRite of East Hartford
donated nine turkeys to the Hartford Public Schools' high school Success Centers. The birds were to be prepared by the Hartford Culinary Arts Academy and enjoyed at Thanksgiving lunch hosted by the Success Centers.
Oct 23, 2012 - CTWorks Partners for Success in Manchester - Celebrating its recent redesign for optimum job seeker services, Manchester CTWorks hosted an open house. Recognized at the event were the City of Manchester, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Manchester Adult and Continuing Education Center, Manchester Community College and area businesses. In the photo are (l-r John Feeney, Empire Industires; Tom Phillips, Capital Workforce Partners, State Representative Geoff Luxenberg; and David Erb Empire Industries.
OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH
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October 15, 2012 - Career Fair for Middle School Students - In partnership with the Manchester Chamberof Commerce, Capital Workforce was the Corporate Host of an 8th Grade Career Exploration Fair at Illing MiddleSchool. It focused on future career opportunities which require a two year degree, a certificate, orapprenticeship program beyond high school. Highlighted careers included: manufacturing, HVAC, banking,financial, food service/hospitality, grocery, healthcare, dental, automotive, electrical,landscaping, cosmetology, law/paralegal, retail and trade school opportunities.Featured at the event were the CWP Career Competencies and website.
October, 2012 - Each year the Downtown Manchester District holds a scarecrow contest. The CTWorks scarecrow was created in partnership with Manchester Adult Education. It's name is: The Steps To Success Scarecrow and it features a job seeker and student climbing the ladder to success. Happy Halloween everyone, from Capital Workforce Partners, CTWorks and Manchester Adult Ed.
An Exchange for a Mutual Benefit
HARTFORD - Capital Workforce Partners is participating in the Young Turkey/Young America: A New Partnership for a New Age program - Click here to read more.
Wrapping Up the 2012 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program
Click the newsletter above to learn about opportunites offered through Capital Workforce Partners' 2012 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program.
For more stories and photos - see Youth Happenings
August 23, 2012 - Environmental Office Solutions Celebrates Growth With Help From State Programs and CWP - East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc and State Senator Gary LeBeau were among the crowd that gathered to celebrate Environmental Office Solutions’ certification and compliance achievements today. They spoke highly about Capital Workforce Partners Incumbent Worker Training support and how our partnership for recruiting and training has been instrumental in their ongoing success.
Collaborative Awards Prepare Workers for Local Jobs
HARTFORD—Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford announced grant awards totaling almost $750,000 to three workforce partnerships to advance the careers of lower-income individuals, increase the number of skilled, qualified workers that meet employer needs, and enhance the workforce system. Read more...
July 2, 2012 - CTWorks @ HPL - Read about the new Capital Workforce Partners and Hartford Public Library partnership. New services available at the Downtown Library beginning July 9, 2012
June 14, 2012 - Walmart Partners with Brandeis University and Capital Workforce Partners to Fund Summer Jobs for Youth in Support of President Obama's Summer Jobs+ Initiative - click here for the press release
June 26, 2012 - Over two dozen leaders in manufacturing in New Britain gathered at Admill
Machine - on John Downey Drive to hear about the myriad of programs and services the state and regional workforce board have available to help them find and develop workforce talent, and to help them grow their business in the short- and long-term. CWP CEO Tom Phillips, and CCAT CEO Elliott Ginsberg led the discussion that focused on wage and training incentive programs, engaging youth in manufacturing careers and other opportunities for New Britain manufacturers.
Manufacturers are Searching for Qualified Job Applicants
Fact: There are almost 5,000 manufacturing companies in Connecticut
Fact: Connecticut manufacturing workers earn and average of $1,000 a week Learn more...
June 21, 2012 - Jobs Funnel Recognition - Ten participants were recognized for completing the
I-BEST Construction Program at Capital Community College. Program participants who completed the program recieved a host of certifications including OSHA training and CPR/FirstAid. The Integrated Basic Education andSkills Training (I-BEST) provides reading, writing and math skills while the Construction Training included skills such as Blueprint reading and wood, metal and concrete framing. As a result of the program three participants recieved jobs, one participant recieved and internship and another participant recieved a sheet metal apprenticeship. I-BEST Construction Training is a joint partnership of Capital Workforce Partners, Hartford Jobs Funnel, Capitol Region Education Council, Capital Community College the Carpenters Union Local 43 and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
June 12, 2012 - Everybody is a Star - Capital Workforce Partners hosted the 8th Annual Workforce Stars Breakfastin South Windsor and as the theme "Everybody is a Star" implies, everyone invited came out to the event to shine. The Workforce Stars event takes the time to acknowledge both the great work of the job seekers (youth and adult) who use workforce development services to create a positive change in their lives and the great work of the businesses, legislators and workforce professionals who take the time to create a positive change in the lives of others. Congratulations to all of this year's Workforce Stars and congratulations to the Capital Workforce Partners Employee of the Year: Dennis Mink.
Click here to check out more pictures from the event!
June 6, 2012 - Improving Quality of Care, Improving Quality of Life - The 5th Annual Allied Health Symposium took place at The Boathouse - Riverfront Recapture highlighting the partnerships in the region behind training allied health care professionals. Students who received Long-Term Care certificates and credentials were recognized. Fred Lauria of VNA Healthcare received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment and dedication to developing training programs for allied health care professionals.
May 31, 2012 - Governor Malloy and the Commissioners of Labor and Social Services Gather at CTWorks Hartford - to meet with job seekers who have exhausted or who may be nearing exhaustion of their Unemployment Insurance benefits. The State leaders shared their collective commitment to reducing the unemployment rates, providing adequate supports in the interim and doing whatever they can to get people back to work. CWP’s Tom Phillips highlighted the many support and training programs for individuals at the CTWorks locations in North Central Connecticut.
May 11, 2012 - Project Homeless Connect - New Britain - Mayor Tim O'Brien, more than 30 social service vendors, and CTWorks staff provided free goods, services and resources to people in need at the New Britain CTWorks One-Stop. People received items such as clothes, shoes, haircuts and supportive services such as vision and dental screenings and free legal assistance. More than 100 people were assisted.
May 10, 2012 - Put Your Skills to the Test- The 2012 Career Connections year-round program ended withits signature competitive event: The Skills Challenge. Students from all four ofthis year's Career Connections programs went head to head in the following job readiness competitions:Dream Resume/Personal Interview Extemporaneous Speaking Personal Qualities Poetry and a Dress for Success Fashion Show.
The event took place in the Aetna Auditorium and was sponsored by Aetna. The company also scanned the room full of competitors to find candidates for their summer internships.
Congratulations to the Blue Hills Civic Association for being the overall winners of the 2012 Skills Challenge!
April 19, 2012- Meet the Graduates - from the Urban League of Hartford Jobs FIrst, Medical Administrative Specialist graduating class. A few graduates were not in the photo, as they are already working and many others have jobs on the way! Congrats to the graduates!
April 11, 2012 - Career Connections Job Fair- Students from the year-round Career Connections Program participated in a Career Fair for summer jobs.The event was held in the Great Hall at One UnionPlace. Students from other schools were also invited toparticipate. Over 20 different employers including Aetna, Travelers, ShopRite, Pepperidge Farm, United Healthcare, Homegoods, CT Shirtman and others set up booths to collect resumes from eager studentjob candidates.
April 10, 2012 Expansion of Jobs Funnel Program Announced
See Press Release from April 10th Press Conference
April 4 , 2012 - Bristol Employers Interested in Hiring Youths - Mayor Art Ward, Capital WorkforcePartners, the Central CT Chambers of Commerce and the Bristol Community Organization hosted an employer engagement breakfast for the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program for City of Bristol and surrounding towns. Local businesses were introduced to the Career Competencies website used in preparing young people for work and the Mayor requested their participation in hiring, eager, willing and competentyoung people for the summer. If you are interested in hiring a youth in the New Britain / Bristol area, contact Gerry Berthiaume.
April 2, 2012, Hartford Business Journal, Stan Simpson
Re-engineering the workforce
In Phillips’ view, community is awakening to the fact that stakes are high, time is short
Thomas Phillips may be the master convener of a regional workforce operation that develops skills of the unemployed and underemployed to match available jobs, but he is really more like a train conductor. read more.
March 30, 2012 - Mayors Gather at LOB for Press Conference on Summer Youth Employment - Mayors from Hartford, East Hartford, Manchester, Bristol and Town Council Leader of New Britain shared their commitments to youth employment programming. Each expressed their personal impact by youth employment programs they benefitted from as a child, and stressed how much caring supervising adults and work experiences mean to youth in their cities. They congratulated the State’s commitment to raise the support for this program, and shared support for RB 291 that asks for a comprehensive system for youth employment along with a tax credit for their city’s businesses.
March 14, 2012 - Youth Employment Day at the LOB - Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman kicked off the 2012 Youth Employment Day at the Legislative Office Building hosted by the Connecticut's Workforce Boards. Students, business leaders, community organizations, and political leaders who have had experience with the statewide youth program were invited to speak to legislators including State Representatives Marie Kirkley-Bey, Tim Ackert, Henry Genga and Claire Janowski in support of funding for the program. In addition, DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty announced the launch of a Conservation Corps program for youth at the event.
March 2, 2012
Larson Hopes CT Manufacturing Job Match Initiative Can Become Model for The Nation - Hosts Assistant Secretary Of Labor Jane Oates for A Public Forum on the Program That Matches Available Manufacturing Jobs with Job Seekers - read more