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Key Appointment and Award Recognition for Capital Workforce Partners President and CEO, Thomas Phillips
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Community Development Advisory Committee Member (2014-2016) and NAWDP’s H.G. Weisman Award (2014)

Hartford, CT April 7, 2014 - April is the month to start critical new initiatives, and be recognized for accomplishments to date in workforce development for Tom Phillips, President and CEO of North Central Connecticut’s workforce investment board.  Read more...

Youth Pipe Line, Not A Pipe Dream - read this article by Achieve Hartford -discusssing the progress on career readiness in Hartford.

Hartford’s Mayor Segarra Receives National Award in Washington DC Today,
for his Leadership in Youth Employment

January 22, 2014  The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announces in the morning on January 23rd, that Mayor Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford, CT, won first place for medium/small cities in their 1st Annual USCM National Summer Youth Jobs Challenge. This award honors the outstanding achievements in innovative partnerships between cities and local business and non-profit communities to help provide youth with meaningful summer job experiences.

The award is being presented to Mayor Segarra in Washington D.C. during The U.S. Conference of Mayors 82nd Annual Winter Meeting. Approximately 250 mayors, USCM business council members, USCM Workforce Development Council members and other workforce development professionals from major cities across the country will be in attendance.

Mayor Segarra is committed to the youth and future workforce of the city of Hartford.  Since taking office in 2010, Segarra has invested regularly in youth employment programming, leverageing state and foundation funds to further expand work opportunities for young people. In 2013, the Mayor secured $1.25 million, that put nearly half of the 2,056 youth in the region to work.  Additionally, in conjunction with 4 other regional mayors, he spearheaded an “unsubsidized” youth employment campaign, aligned with the Obama administration’s Youth Jobs + effort.  That effort resulted in a further 208 employer-paid positions. 

Also in attendance will be Capital Workforce Partners President and CEO, Tom Phillips who was the 2012 President of the U. S. Conference of Mayor’s Workforce Development Council, and whose organization is instrumental in finding worksites and providing career competencies for over 2,000 youth in the North Central Connecticut region each summer. 

Along with Mayor Segarra, the USCM will recognize Eugene Morton, a Hartford resident who participated in employment opportunities created through Segarra’s youth initiatives. A 2007 graduate of Hartford’s Sports and Medical Sciences Academy, Morton is currently a Marketing major at Central Connecticut State University with a 4.0 average. In 2013, Eugene took advantage of a summer employment opportunity at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center. He worked in Lifeline and later transferred to the Human Resources Department where he continued to work to cover his tuition costs, books and other necessities for his studies. Eugene was one of 13 college students who participated in the summer youth employment program offered at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in partnership with the Blue Hills Civic Association. Eugene anticipates graduating in the fall of 2014.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more.  There are 1,399 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors

Photo By: David Hathcox. USCM.

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

If you are an employer looking to add quality workers to your pool of candidates, please do your part and add Veterans to your list. They’ve given so much of themselves to this country and they are looking to continue to make a positive impact and weave themselves into this country’s rich tapestry.  If you’re interested please contact Monica Cox at 860-899-3457 or mcox@capitalworkforce.org.


Click here for more information about the STEP UP Vets program.

*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.


Vets STEP-UP logo

OIC Jobs Fair

OIC Career Fair, Oct 2, 2013 - Over 500 job seekers from the New Britain area attended the OIC Career Fair at 114 North St where CTWorks and the Jobs Funnel joined other educational and employer vendors in offering employment and training opportunities.






Tom Phillips and Mayor Pedro Segarra at White House

September 26, 2013 - CWP's Tom Phillips and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra visit the White House for President Obama's Youth Jobs + Champions of Change event.  The President spoke about the critical importance of preparing the future workforce, as Champions from around the country were recognized.- Our Regional Youth Jobs + Brochure

- Post Press Release

- White House Champions Site
- Photos

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

Presidetn Obama at Youth Jobs +

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

For Post Release Click Here

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.

Manchester Manufacturers HotlineJune 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.

Encore Graduates

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.

UCONN Provost Dr. Mun Choi Speaks to Capital Workforce Parters and Partners Crowd at Workforce Stars

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


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...

nawdp award winner Beth McCabe


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

Tom Phillips at New Britain Health Academy Celebration

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.



New Britain Manufacturing Announcement

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 dgarewski@capitalworkforce.org.


Bloomfield Business Services

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.

2013 Career Connections Job Fair

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.



Congressman Courtney, Tom Capital Workforce Partners, Sharon Palmer DOL

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.


Sheldon Bustow Billy Grant

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.



Commissioner Palmer, Tom Phillips, Job Seekers,  Business Services Team,

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...

Bristol Jobs Funnel Tradeshow

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.


Mayor Segarra Commissioner Palmer CEO Tom Phillips

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.


Keisha Grant NBC 30 OPP

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!

Connecticut Summer Youth Employment Program

Capital Workforce Partners Selected by the Skoll Foundation, Huffington Post and Knowledge partner, McKinsey & Company to participate in the nation's Job Raising Challenge

Press Release

Help us Raise Money to Connect Disconnected Youth TO JOBS!

Read more about the challenge outcomes here.

Where Will the Jobs Be?

Read All About It!

Tom Phillips Hartford Business Journal Article


Hartford 2012 Debrief Breakfast

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 BriNew Britain Bristol Summer Youth Employment Debrieftain/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.

Tunxis Booth: Health Care Academy

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 2012

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.

Congratulating The Jobs Funnel

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

dDonating Turkeys!onated 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.



State Rep Luxenberg, Tom Phillips and Empire Industries

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.






















Oct 2012



Looking for a manufacturing open house? Here are some listings across the state.

Here are some reasons to consider manufacturing as a career.

Missed Manufacturing Mania? No problem, here are some pictures from the event.

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 CManchester CTWorks ScarecrowTWorks 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.

Aug/Sept 2012

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

2012 SYELP Newsletter

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

State Senator LeBeau

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.

July, 2012

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 Jobs Funnel Graduatesrecieved 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.

Maneeley's Workforce Stars 2012

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!

Chan Suon - Workforce Stars 2012

Student Speaker Allied Health Symposium

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.

Malloy Speaking to Jub Seekers

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.


Project Homeless Connect

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.


2012 Skills Challenge

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!



2012 Job Fair

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 WorkforceMayor Ward's AddressPartners, 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.

Mayors and Representatives

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.

CT Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman

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

Mayor O'Brien at the NB/Berlin YMCA

March 8, 2012 - New Britain Employers Gather for Summer Youth - Mayor Timothy O'Brien, the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce, Capital Workforce Partners and other local dignitaries who work with youths in the schools and community charged local business leaders to take on the challenge of hiring a youth for the 2012 year. If you are interested in hiring a youth in the New Britain / Bristol area, contact Gerry Berthiaume.


Manchester Employer Breakfast for Youth Employment

February 29, 2012 - Leap into Hiring a Youth This Summer - Manchester Mayor Leo Diana and the Manchester Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast for area employers this "leap day."  CWP President and CEO, Tom Phillips addresses the roomful, where at least eight commitments were made by these businesses to employ a Manchester student this summer. The goal is a minimum of 30 work opportunities. If you are interested in hiring an intern east of the River, contact Rich Davis.

State Rep Matt Ritter

February 28, 2012 - Sign Up For Summer- State Representative Matthew Ritter (D-Hartford, Bloomfield) joined Capital Workforce Partners, Urban League of Greater Hartford and Catholic Charities at Hartford Public High School on Feb. 28 for the 2012 Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program’s “Sign Up for Summer Day.” The is one of many “sign up days” being held by schools throughout the Hartford region to be considered for State, City and Foundation funded work experiences this summer.  Check us out on State Representative Matt Ritter's Page!


Student asking George Coleman a Question

February 28, 2012 - A Life of Public Service - As part of the CWP Year Round Youth Employment Program, and in honor of Black History Month, the Law and Government Academy at Hartford Public High School and Urban League of Greater Hartford hosted a roundtable with George Coleman, former Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Education. The students asked questions about career choices he has made, his personal beliefs, his mentors and about his opinion of the state of the U.S. educational system.


ING Job Shadow Students

February 22, 2012- ING Job Shadow Experience- This group of Career Connections students were given the opportunity to learn about the organizational structure and practices of a large international company. They also spent the day with a mentor who held a position in the company that closely matched their interests.



Congressman Murphy Views Remployment Training Class

February 10, 2012- Congressman Chris Murphy listens in to a Re-employment Training Session at the New Britain CTWorks- After a quick tour of the Center, the Congressman sat with job seekers who are close to having their unemployment benefits expire - and listened to their stories.  He expressed his support for extending the benefits and that he would bring their stories back to Washington.


Speakers, Employer Breakfast

January 13, 2012- City of Hartford Summer Youth Employment Launch- Mayor Pedro Segarra kicked off his 2012 Summer Youth Employment Initiative at an employer engagement breakfast meeting designed to encourage local businesses - large and small - to take on capable and qualified interns this summer.  If you are interested in hiring Hartford youth, contact Rich Davis.


Commission on Children Youth Unemployment

Youth Unemployment is an "All Hands On Deck" Challenge - as noted in the January 10, 2012 - Legislative Office Building - Commission on Children Forum - hosted in partnership with Capital Workforce Partners and the Connecticut Workforce Development Council. 

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