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Press Room | 2008 Archive


December 24, 2008 - Taking a Break from a Festive Holiday Lunch - Each year our New Britain CTWorks One-Stop Career Center service providers bring in a delectable, home-cooked Holiday Lunch.  Shown here (l-r) are HRA's Nancy Ayer, Marisol Mann and Taina Reyes.

December 23, 2008 - Senator Joe Lieberman visits the Enfield One-Stop -  in support of workforce programs and the CTWorks system that is assisting job seekers.  After a short meeting with Capital Workforce Partners' Tom Phillips (c); Department of Labor CTWorks Center Director Ram Aberasturia (r); the Mayor of Enfield, Scott Kaupin (not shown) and others --  the Senator toured the center and greeted job seekers.

December 22, 2008 - Southington Care Center Rolls Out Clinical Ladder -  As part of Capital Workforce Partners’ CNA Advancement Initiative funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) “students” have the opportunity to overcome skills barriers and “climb” the allied health career ladder and grow with their experience and continued education. Shown here are the most recent Adult Basic Education Class graduates - From left to right: Hanna Gutowski, CNA; Anna Apostolou, CNA; Orlando Borrero,CNA; Elizabeth Begley RN,BSN, Capital Workforce Partners; Connie Poitrus, CNA;  Alda Hyska, CNA.

December 22, 2008 - B.L.U.E. Students

Unveil an Educational Documentary

Our Tier II youth at the Blue Hills Civic Association unveiled a video documentary of the region’s Business Leaders to an audience of students, parents and business professionals.  This project will help current and future students learn and understand the career competencies required to pursue careers in five key business clusters: Allied Health, Insurance & Finance, Law & Government, Retail & Hospitality and Advanced Manufacturing.  The premiere took place at Oak Hill High School.  In the photo (left to right) are Tevin Spence (B.L.U.E Student), Thom Page (Private Attorney), and Dawn March (Legal Assistant).

December 19, 2008 - Jobs Funnel Congratulates Ten More CL & P Program Graduates -  including Michael Hamingway shown in the photo above.  These graduates from Hartford and Waterbury attended an 18-month construction skills program preparing them for successful careers.  Braving the wintery weather to speak at the ceremony was the State Departmant of Labor Commissioner, Patricia Mayfield; CL & P's President, Raymond Necci; and Capital Workforce Partners President and CEO, Thomas Phillips among others with CL&P's Ana Alfara and the Jobs Funnel's Yolanda Rivera ensuring a morning of recognition and celebration for all.

Click here for the Workforce Development programming produced by CPTV.

December 15, 2008 - CTWorks Gets a Facelift - and just in time for the holidays.  The 3580 Main Street location in Hartford has been particularly busy in these economic times, with a 39% increase in new individuals visiting the center this past quarter compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The new sign reinforces CTWorks as "Your Workforce Connection" and the Career Center is designed to get those unemployed or under-employed back on track.

December 4, 2008 - Seven Graduates let BLUE Give Them a Boost - The Basic Learning for the Under Employed (BLUE) program at Hartford’s Blue Hills Civic Association has graduated anotherseven students.  Instructors educate the students in: Math & Budgeting, Customer Relations & Service and Microsoft Office applications.  This group shared common interests in culinary arts and medical fields. This program aims to improve their careers and increase their wages.

December 3, 2008 - Congratulations to the Hospital of Central CT School-at-Work® Graduating Class - Committed to work-based education and employee development are coaches Jennifer Kazakewich and Donna Jones.  Congratulatory remarks were made by Laurence A. Tanner, President and CEO of Hospital of Central CT,  Alex Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of Capital Workforce Partners and Elizabeth A. Lynch, Capital Workforce Partners Board member and the hospital’s VP of Human Resources


November 6, 2008 - Year Round Youth Employment Program in Action

Tier II students from Our Piece of the Pie’s River Wrights Program participated in a tour at the Travelers LAN Center.  Students learned how Travelers uses Information Technology to serve its customers and employees.  The tour was coordinated by Travelers’ IT Leadership Development Program.

November 6, 2008 – Hartford Hospital’s School at Work Graduates 26 students

The School at Work Program in the region’s hospitals is a continued success, most recently graduating 26 students employed at Hartford Hospital. Four educational categories were offered to applicants with an interest in improving their skills including English as a Second Language, Math,
Grammar, and Computer Skills.

October 22 , 2008 - Sixteen Graduate from CT Children's Medical Center's first School-at-Work Cohort - From basic skills training to English as a Second Language - 16 individuals completed an 8-month course to enable them to advance their careers in the allied health professions.  Congratulations to LuAnn, Natasha, Linda, Dawn, Ann, Isabella, Richard, Maria Riv. Dora, Maria S. Jani, Bozena, Maria Rev., Hector and Cekala.

September 25 , 2008 - Dream Resume Winners Recognized at Workforce Board Meeting -
Students Edward Brown and Chelsea Davies pose with Program Coordinator Dennis Mink after their resumes were selected from over 470 New Britain and Bristol area students in the 2008 Youth Employment and Learning Program.  Edward who was with OIC this summer is an aspiring computer engineer and Chelsea (with BCO in Bristol) hopes to become a psychologist or Social Worker.

September 23 , 2008 - Summer Youth the Topic at New Britain Lions Club Luncheon -

The Lion's Low Vision Center benefitted this past summer from the assistance of two distinguished students who were participants in the Capital Workforce Partners employment and learning program.  Scotty Santa and Marie Cruz helped to translate documentation and greeted patients while learning career competencies. In the photo (l-r) are Cathy Sylvester and Lauren Eddy (CCSU student intern) from the CCSU's Institute of Technology and Business Development and Dave Koscuk and Carolyn Messier of the Lions Club.

August 15, 2008 - New Britain / Bristol Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program Culminates - filling the New Britain High School theater with over 300 youth and parents and sharing their summer experieinces.  In the photo above, Rebecca Washington, who participated in the Bristol Community Organization summer program expresses the importance of green technologies and says she is working toward a career in urban planning.

August 8, 2008 - Urban League of Greater Hartford Drives Career Competencies Home - 75 youths participated in both Tier I and Tier II programs over the summer, learning career competencies skills. They celebrated with the culmination of their 6-week program with a ceremony in which participants shared their dream resumes, focusing on the education and career experience needed for their chosen occupational field. Participants also displayed dream resume collages
at the celebration. (Photo by Althea Webber)


August 6, 2008 - What's Your Occupation? - Hundreds of young 14-17 year olds  had the opportunity to learn about various occupations at the first Career Expo designed exclusively for Tier I and Tier II youth in the Capital Workforce Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program.  The event was managed by and held at Restoring Lives Ministry, Inc. located in the House of Restoration Church in Hartford. Businesses like Northeast Utilities, CT Land Surveyors, Stylists and Fashion Businesses and the CT Police and Fire Departments were impressed with the career inquisitiveness and preparedness of these youth participants. (Photo by Aja Wilson)

August 6, 2008 - Capital Workforce Partners and Our Piece of the Pie lead National Webinar Discussion - Focusing on improving youth literacy and career competency skills, Bob Rath from Our Piece of the Pie and CWP's Alex Johnson llead a webinar discussion with about 300 listeners from across the country.  CEO Tom Phillips conducted a later Webinar on WIA performance.

July 30, 2008 - Walgreens Recruiting at Asnuntuck - Busloads of Support - Over 1,000 job seekers attended the two-day recruitment fair for the new Walgreens distribution facilityin Windsor. This photo includes support teams from the Bridgeport CT and Western MA business teams, and Department of Labor's Mike Bartley of our New Britain CTWorks location (c) who oversaw the 2-day recruitment.  The busses include The Workplace's CTWorks Career Coach, and the Department of Labor's Career Express supplying much needed computers for online applications in the process.


July 31, 2008 - Summer Program Youth Tour CT Culinary Institute - 30 students from OIC-New Britain toured the CT Culinary Institute for an inside look at possible career options for their futures. Although only a few were interested in culinary arts before the guided tour, many students soon became fascinated by all the Institute had to offer. Highlights of the tour included visiting the kitchen-classrooms as culinary students were in the midst of preparing entrees for their assignments, and listening to one of the Institute’s renowned Professors speak about the art of cooking.

July 10, 2008 - Jobs Funnel Masonry Graduates Get a Fresh StartAt the podium, President of Capital Masonry, Rollo Jones, receives warm recognition from Hartford Jobs Funnel – Masonry graduates at the Masonry Training Completion Ceremony held at Hartford’s City Hall. 


July 9, 2008 – A Big Thank You To Ellen Brown - CWP President and CEO Tom Phillips thanks Ellen Brown, VP Human Resources at The Hartford, for her 10 years of service to the Capital Workforce Partners Board of Directors and for her ongoing commitment to youth development and the future workforce.


July 10, 2008 - Fighting Poverty - Capital Workforce Partners, Pamela Nabors (l) and Tom Phillips (r) greet Senator John Edwards at a press conference in Hartford's Boys & Girls Club.  Senator Edwards was in Hartford to discuss his fight to expand economic opportunity and reduce poverty and economic inequality.

July 3, 2007 - Gas Prices Impact CT's Workers - Pamela Nabors, was asked to speak at press event organized by Congressman Chris Murphy) who announced his support for legislation to curb oil speculation on Wall Street.  Pamela addressed the impact of rising gas prices on the state's workforce. State Representative, Tim O'Brien also spoke at the event covered by The Hartford Courant, Channels 3 and 30 and CT Network.

June 4, 2008 - Allied Health Symposium - A festive, celebration of our Allied Health Workforce Advancement partnerships took place at Riverfront Recapture's Boathouse.  The event featured guest speaker, Maria Flynn from Jobs for the Future and testimonials from students participating in School-at-Work programs, Bridges to Health Care Careers and the Allied Health Career Advancement program.

June, 2008 - B.L.U.E. is BRIGHT - Ekimmy Green and Pricilla Rodriguez proved to themselves that they could accomplish anything they set their minds to.  They completed CWP Competency Training at the Blue Hills Civic Association where they increased their computer, customer service, and job readiness skills.  Both these young women feel that the B.L.U.E. program has helped them to become better role models for their children.

May 20, 2008 - Reaching to the Sky - CT Dept. of Labor Commissioner Pat Mayfield along with CWP Pres. & CEO Tom Phillips and Rick Mullins and Tom Lorenzetti of CCSU - ITBD visit the management and staff of 2008 Workforce Star honorable mention, SPX Precision Components in Newington.

Meet Our Dynamic New Britain LIFE team - These individuals, along with their LIFE Coach, Martha Rolon (lower right) and Workshop Lead, Rose Bracero from HRA Energy Assistance (far left) are on their way to a better future.  LIFE stands for Low Income Families Employment, and the program is designed to help individuals improve their careers.

May 16, 2008 - Building the HealthCare Talent Pipeline - Here is the graduates of the Manchester CNA program who are excited about beginning their careers in the Allied Health Field.  They look forward to using their classroom instruction, hands-on skills practice and clinical experience to help those in need.   Capital Workforce Partners funds this initiative. (Photographer: Shelly McKenzie)

May 2, 2008 - Hartford Jobs Funnel Program Manager Yolanda Rivera huddles with her most recent graduates at City Hall.  19 graduates completed an 8-week Brownfields Training program that results in Environmental Technician certification, a great key to open the door to employment and self-sufficient wages. It also helps our community work toward a "greener" and "safer" environment, by having more qualified technicians ready to work.

April 30, 2008 -Career Exploration Expo - Over 125 Career Connections and CHIP (Internship Program) area High School juniors and seniors mingle with over 35 businesses learning about various occupations and possible opportunities for paid summer internships.  This event was held exclusively for students who participated in year-long career readiness education.  The event was held at Capital Workforce Partners home hase - One Union Place.

April, 2008 - Our Dynamics Works Winner for the Month of April - Elyse Perez with Catholic Charities at CTWorks (l) won a portable DVD player in a raffle for Workforce Professionals who have achieved certification.  Elyseearned her certification in Core Services. Presenting the award to Elyse is Pamela Nabors, CWP Director of One-Stop Services.

April, 2008 - Job Fairs, Job Fairs, Job Fairs - April has been a busy month for CTWorks participating in multiplecareer fairs.  Job seekers say it's good to know they have a resource to follow up with after each event.

April, 2008 - Career Exploration for "Enterprising" High School Freshmen - Through the "year-round" youth employment programming these young folks from CREC have been touring area employers including Enterprise, shown here, Travelers Claims University, Aetna and many more.

March 25 - Meet Erika.   Erika is one of our L.I.F.E. (Low Income Families Employment) program who is receiving free training and support to move from a per diem, no benefits job in the automotive industry to a full-time, full benefits career in manufacturing.  The program, in Manchester is one of several launching in the region.  To learn more, click here.

March 20 - This was CREC's 50th Direct Care graduating class.  CREC graduated 11 talented, confident, and capable young women. Graduate Reeva Starks said, " I know this is not college but to me it's an accomplishment!"  many of these graduates see CREC's Direct care class as a stepping stone in their career paths.  

March 19 -The Focus was Economic and Workforce Development - DECD Commissioner Joan McDonald; President, Central CT Chambers of Commerce, John Leone; and Chief Operating Officer, Capital Workforce Partners, Alex Johnson gather after the Chamber's monthly "Eggs & Issues breakfast. Other featured speakers included CDA's Marie O'Brien, CERC's Bob Santy and Bristol Mayor Art Ward.  Capital Workforce Partners sponsored the breakfast.

March 6 -Career Connections Students Make Connections-40 Career Connections participants and 25 Employer Reps participated in this Networking 101 session held at CBIA.  The students were from A.I. Prince Tech, Hartford High, Bulkeley, Weaver, Manchester, Sports and Medical Sciences, Classical Magnet, OPP and Enfield High.  Employers, some with several representatives, participated companies including the Hartford Fire Dept (seen in photo) AT&T, ShopRite, Aetna, Fuss & O'Neill, Whittelsey and Hadley, Travelers, CarMax, AdChem Manufacturing and the Hartford Courant.

February 27, 2008 - Building a Competitive Talent Pipeline- was one of the topics at this CT Business & Industry Assoc. sponsored workforce symposium. Capital Workforce Partners President & CEO, Thomas Phillips, led a panel of insurance and manufacturing leaders.

February 20th  - One Stop Expert Training - CTWorks ws closed for an all day training session led by Career Resources and Capital Workforce Partners.  Deputy Commissioner for the State's Dept. of Labor, Linda Agnew addresses the group of about 120 service professionals.

February 14th - A Valentines Day Open House Tour at the Manchester CTWorks on Main Street.  Many thanks fo the Manchester Chamber of Commerce for helping to organize this successful business networking event.

January 26th - Time to Celebrate
In New Britain, Capital Workforce Partners partnered with the NB Chamber, City of New Britain, DOL, and CTWorks teams to provide assistance with Celebration Foods' (parent co. of Carvel) need to hire over 220 workers for its newly built manufacturing facility.  As a result of phenomenal teamwork, and hard-working volunteers from our CTWorks system - over 1,500 individuals signed in for the event (only 600 expected) - nearly all were prescreened and hundreds had interviews with hiring managers.

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