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Press Room | 2009 Archive


December 18, 2009 - A True “Triple-Play” for ARRA - Capital Workforce Partners’ Weatherization Training Program funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and delivered through the Jobs Funnel showed off a ‘triple play’ at the Program’s first graduation.  Nineteen individuals received 1)  Real demand-driven training, to provide (2), a greener Earth and dollar savings for area residents, and 3) most graduates have job opportunities waiting for them. One graduate couldn’t make the ceremony because she was already hired.  In the photo is CWP, Tom Phillips and The Jobs Funnel Director, Yolanda Rivera.

November 18, 2009 – CTWorks Satellite gets Warm Welcome at the NEW Adult Education Center in Hartford – The ribbon cutting and facilities tour was led by Center Executive Director Eduardo Genao (3rd from L). In addition to operating 5 days a week, this One-Stop Career Center has evening hourAdult Education Center of Hartford adds a CTWorks Satellite Offices to accommodate students needs, thanks to CTWorks Elsa Huertas who manages this location.  (L-R, Kimberly Staley, CTWorks; Kelvin Roldan, Hartford Public Schools; Eduardo Genao, Adult Education Center of Hartford; Tom Phillips, Capital Workforce Partners; Elsa Huertas, CTWorks;
Judith Resnick, CBIA; State Representative Doug McCrory)

November 18, 2009 – The Manchester Chamber of Commerce joins with Manchester CTWorks
to share the benefits of On-The-Job Training and Incumbent Worker Training for businesses in the region.  (L-R, April Falco, Manchester Chamber of Commerce; Bill Gerlach CTWorks, Team Leader, Placement Services.) 

November 9, 2009 – Tom Phillips Introduces Congressman John Larson - At the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, Rep. Larson attended the popular Eggs and Issues Breakfast sponsored by Capital Workforce Partners.  The topics were healthcare, transportation and, of course, workforce development.

October 27, 2009 - New Britain High School Principal, Mike Foran Speaks to CWP Future Workforce Committee -The high school will be the region's first to introduce CWP Career Competencies as a requirement of graduation for its students.  They are taking this bold step to better prepare their students for the economic competitiveness needs of today's businesses. This Committeee is co-chaired by James Stanley of The Hartford and Jason Howey of Okay Industries.

Dream Resume Winner, Taylor Edison, of the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program

October 22, 2009 - Dream Resume Winners Recognized at CWP Board Meeting - Four Dream Resume winners were selected from this summer's youth employment Tier I and II programs including Taylor Edison whose aspirations are to study veterinary medicine.  Also in the picture (l-r) are CWP's Dennis Mink, Thomas Phillips, Taylor and Gloria Ortiz-Rivera from Restoring Lives Community Development Corp. The other winners not shown - Pravesh Mallik / The Village; Ashley Mussington / Urban League and Annette Brzoska / YWCA New Britain.

Sen. Christopher Dodd at CTWorks in Hartford

October 16 , 2009 –Senator Dodd visits Hartford CTWorks to Publicly Express his Support of Unemployment Insurance Extension and Job Training Services for CT – After meeting with the press, individual job seekers and service providers at the Career Center, Senator Chris Dodd shared the stage wtih CWP President and CEO Tom Phillips, CTDOL's Ram Aberasturia and AFL-CIO's John Olsen along with several unemployed construction workers, to talk about the need for ongoing supports for CT residents.

October 2, 2009 - The Middle Management Institute Launched its Second Year - with 20 representatives from various youth serving agencies in the Greater Hartford Area, who will undergo a rigorous yet unique learning experience over the course of six months.  The management training curriculum will cover a range of topics and highlight strategies to increase leadership development and quality performance techniques.  Students in the institute will meet once month and will gain the opportunity to build their own support network, contribute to educational activities, and receive training from local and regional consultants with expertise in managerial topics.

Career Transition and Exploration Expo for the Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program participants

September 23, 2009 – Career Transition and Exploration Expo – Nearly 200 young adults, who recently completed an 11-week Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program, engaged with 30 exhibitors including employers, colleges, support organizations and the armed forces.  Program graduates were geared up for jobs, a further education and to better themselves.  Unique, effective classroom workshops and “on the job” training helped fine tune their career competencies, employment skills and career plans.  The event was sponsored and organized by Capital Workforce Partners.

September 22, 2009 Out-of-School Youth Employment Transition Conference – At the Hartford Artists Collective, Capital Workforce Partners, partnering agencies and community leaders held a conference for young adults completing the ARRA-supported (Federal stimulus package), Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program.  After the keynote and panel discussion, workforce professionals led small group facilitated discussions.  Groups reviewed strategies and plans to apply recently acquired skills from the program plus how to access enabling social services some might need to bridge the gap to further employment and education. 

September 18, 2009 - "Peace" it Up - Keynote Speaker, Efren Taylor signs one of his books for a youth attendee at the third Peace it Up Conference hosted by Communities Empowering Youth sponsoring organizations, the City of Hartford Office For Youth Services and Capital Workforce Partners. The day was filled with workshops and training sessions designed to reduce youth violence and improve the overall climate in our urban communities.

September 10, 2009 - Interviewing is a "Fact of LIFE" - Here are participants from our Manchester LIFE (Low Income Families Employment ) program - getting Interviewing skills tips from Steve Zajchowski, the owner of People Development LLC.  These workshops are generously hosted by the Manchester Chamber
of Commerce.

Culinary Arts at the Clarion Hotel and RestaurantAugust 18, 2009 - Bristol Area Youth Interested in Culinary Arts Learn from the Chef at the Clarion Hotel and Restaurant - Youths from the Bristol Community Organizations's ARRA-funded
"out-of-school" youth employment program completed a food handling certificate program and toured the Clarion Hotel learning about different career paths. Bristol Chamber of Commerce's Cindy Scoville helped to arrange the tour.

August 14, 2009 - Sharing Stories and Learning Experiences - At the completion ceremony for Opportunity Industrialization Center's (OIC)'s Tier III ARRA-funded youth employment program, one youth took the stage to share his story. The Career Competency poster on the podium exressed many of career competencies all youth participants learned in their summer experience. 
Click here for more pictures of the OIC event in New Britain.

August 2009 - CT Puerto Rican Forum - One of the Great Agencies Coordinating Summer Youth Employment Program Participants - and a Worksite Too! - Here is summer intern Lyanne Gonzalez working at her desk. She was extremely helpful in keeping the Forum's Summer Youth files in order this summer.

August 13, 2009 – Hartford Police Unveil Mural Painted by OPP Youths - The mural at Hartford Police headquarters was painted by youth participants of Our Piece of The Pie’s Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program which is administered through Capital Workforce Partners and funded by the City of Hartford and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. The finished mural took four weeks to complete. Speaking at the “unveiling” press conference was: Our Piece of The Pie’s President and CEO, Bob Rath; Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts; Hartford North Operations Chief John Horvath; Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program Participant Kayla Johnson; and Capital Workforce Partners Dennis Mink.

Summer Employment Program youths in Bigelow Hollow State Park

August 5, 2009 – Hartford Residents Clear Trails in Union, CT- Today, I visited Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, CT for the Department of Environmental Protection worksite of the federally-funded Summer Youth Employment  Program. This program consists of clearing the trails and building picnic tables, cleaning up state parks and fixing and cleaning access roads. Nine youths work Tuesday thru Thursday. Most of  them are out-of-school youth and two of them are in high school. Also joining the youths are Mark and Rachel (Rachel works as a part of No Child Left Inside, a special initiative of CT Governor M. Jodi Rell, coordinated by the CT Department of Environmental Protection). Except for the unfortunate bug bite every now and then the youths in the program like the challenge and the new experience.

Photo and story by Antoine Harris, Capital Workforce Partners Communications Coordinator and

Summer Youth Employment Participant.*

August 2009 – Building for the Future - Dwayne Durrant is working with the Greater Hartford Transit District through the Urban League Summer Youth Employment Program. Dwayne has had the wonderful opportunity to work at Union Station in Hartford. While performing routine office work, he pulled blueprints from a file on request and later teamed up with architects restoring the Station.  He assisted them with inspections, site measurement, and they took him along on a business luncheon.  Dwayne is now thinking about architecture for his career.

Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program participant at Stanley Works Tools

August 2009 - Meet Ethan - an Aspiring Engineer who landed a position at Stanley Works Tools in New Britain this summer through HRA and the federally-funded CWP Summer Youth Employment program!  Here, he is helping update their inventory and catalog of tools and parts in the computer.  He has had a chance to see a lot of what goes into production and particularly likes the scientific aspect to this work.  The staff has asked him about his opinions on efficiency and allowed him to get a glimpse of much of what is going on.

Summer Youth Employment and Learning Program participants at Young Studios in Hartford

August 5, 2009 –Youths Put To Work Executing Social Marketing Campaign Here are a few of the young marketing entrepreneurs learning methods of social media marketing and executing a program to promote Young Studios, its programs, Joe Young's books, and a unique movie project. Using Facebook and other sites, this federally-funded program of the Urban League's part of the Summer Youth Employment program was a win-win for both the youths and the employers.

August 5, 2009 -The Artists Collective held their summer employment program’s annual performance. This years’ program was called the “Rites of Passage” Defining Grace. The program offered performances by their choir, steel drums, the jazz orchestra and their dance teams. The most surprising of performances was the finale when the youths in the program did a tribute to Michael Jackson a well deserved ending to celebrate the “The King of Pop." It was a meaningful end of a great summer youth employment experience for 90 talented Hartford youths, thanks to the generous funding of the City of Hartford and Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.*

August 3, 2009 - Youths get a "Blueprint" on What Manufacturing is all About at SPX - thanks to the Federally-Funded ARRA youth employment program. Three New Britain youths have the unique opportunity this summer to work at one of the region's leading manufacturing firms (and a workforce star honorable mention in 2008) - SPX Precision Components in Newington.


July 24, 2009 - the Hartford Government and Law Academy Students - go "on trial" at Robinson and Cole - As part of the Summer Youth Employment Program, over 40 sophomore Tier II students participated in a mock trial and learned about the various occupations at a law firm.

July 2009 - Urban League gets Summer Youth Employment program "on a roll!" - As part of the Summer Youth Employment Program, The Urban League of Greater Hartford has launched a bicycle repair shop in its main office on Woodland Street.  The participants are responsible for collecting bike donations, repairing the bicycles and selling and marketing the refurbished products.  The program participants are required to complete a business plan, and aims to teach entrepreneurial fundamentals, repair techniques and marketing strategies while encouraging healthy living and safety in the community. 

June 17 , 2009 - Workforce Stars Breakfast Reflects on Last Year's Successes - It was a heartwarming morning, focusing on those "in the spotlight" - job seekers, service providers, businesses and legislators who have used the workforce system to better their lives or those around them.  In the photo above, Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin receives his award in the legislative category. On his left is CWP Board Chair Rich Cohen and on his right is CWP President and CEO, Tom Phillips.  Click here for more photos.

June 5 , 2009 - Manchester LIFE - Gets a Communications Refresher - The Manchester Chamber of Commerce hosted an informational meeting helping the LIFE (Low Income Families Employment) program participants with their communications skills.  One key message -making a great first impression.

May 21, 2009 - Toni Fatone (r) Receives Honorary Award for her dedication to Health Care Workers - Presenting the award is CWP's Dr. Marie Spivey (l).  For more photographs of the Allied Health Care Symposium at the Riverfront Recapture Boathouse, click here.

State Representative Ryan BarryMay 20, 2009 - Mortgage Crisis Program Training in Health Care Careers - State Representative Ryan Barry (Manchester) (l), is the co-sponsor of the bill that supports training programs for individuals who are challenged with income sufficiency and are in mortgage crisis. Rep. Barry kicked of the region's first Training Forum focused on health care. Carol LaRosa of CHFA, Tom Phillips of Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) and Tom Long of the Workplace, Inc. also spoke before the training began. Also in the photo is Tom Phillips, President and CEO, CWP, and Tom Mongellow, a member of the CWP Workforce Board and Vice President & Treasurer of the CT Bankers Association .

May 15, 2009 - The City of Hartford ‘s Internship Program (CHIP) graduates, staff and supporters experienced excitement in the air as they celebrated the conclusion of another great year!  Graduate Lorena Herrera receives her certificate from Barbara Muhamad. Also pictured are Sereyna Wallace, Enid Rey, Department Director Hartford Office for Youth Services, Tom Phillips, President and CEO and Jim Boucher, Future Workforce Director (both of Capital Workforce Partners) and Judy GardnerCHIP is a partnership between the City of Hartford and Capital Workforce Partners. The Urban League of Greater Hartford and South Arsenal Neighborhood Development Corporation provided career competency development and internship experiences to students at Hartford Public and Weaver High Schools. This program prepares youth to enter post-secondary education and the workforce.

Aetna Foundation GiftApril 29, 2009 Aetna Foundation awards a $15,000 check to Capital Workforce Partners at the third annual Career Connections Career Expo – the proceeds of which will be used to fund the Career Connections program which is designed to help transition high school students to a successful career path and rewarding future. Summer internships in the private sector are an important workplace experience for our youth.

Shown in the photo (front l-r): Tim Lefebvre from Aetna; Capital Workforce Partners Business Services Consultant and event coordinator - Millie Cook; Capital Workforce Partners Board Chairman owner of ShopRite in Manchester - Richard Cohen; President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners - Thomas Phillips and Ivette Sanchez from Aetna (back) Capital Workforce Partners - Dennis Mink.

April 16, 2009 – CTWorks Participates in Urban League Job Fair at Rentschler Field – there was a large turnout for the job fair. CTWorks workforce professionals provided attendees with information about the services provided at the CTWorks One-Stop Career Center. Shown in the photo: Nancy Curran of CTWorks assisting job seekers.

April 8, 2009 - Congressman John Larson  Visits the Hartford CTWorks Career Center - for a panel discussion on unemployment assistance, and foreclosure resources that are available in Connecticut . Shown in the photo (l-r): CTWorks Regional Center Director – Ram Aberasturia; Executive Director of CHFA, Tim Bannon; Congressman John Larson and President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners – Thomas Phillips. 

March 20, 2009 $22 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to assist Tri-State rank-and-file workers affected by financial industry layoffs - $2.6 million to Connecticut with $947,370 assigned to the North Central Connecticut Workforce Region - click for press release

March 17, 2009 - Celebrating at the Hebrew Home Certificate Ceremony - for the completion of Issues of Aging. Eight students completed a 6-week, 12 hour class taught by Capital Community College, This course is part of our CNA Advancement Initiative which brings education to the workplace.

In the photo- seated on the left Bruinhild Davis- student, behind her from left to right- Isis Thomas-student, Liz Begley-Capital Workforce Partners, and students: Rhonda Martin, Ruthin McCorkley and Ivette Acosta; Sonia Gaztambide-Instructor and students: Lizza Williams, Bozena Lesiuk and seated left- Ruth Bermudez.

Sen. Dodd visits Manchester CTWorks Career Center

March 13 , 2009 - Senator Christopher Dodd Visits the Manchester CTWorks Career Center - to hear from area businesses, job seekers and workforce professionals. Shown in the photo (l-r): Manchester Chamber President – Sue O’Connor; President and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners – Thomas Phillips; Manchester Mayor - Louis A. Spadaccini; Senator Christopher Dodd; Capital Workforce Partners Board Chair and Owner, ShopRite of Manchester – Rich Cohen; Capital Workforce Partners Chief Executive Officer, Alex Johnson; Department of Labor, CTWorks Regional Center Director
– Ram Aberasturia

February 19, 2009 - CNA students celebrated their completion of their 15 week/60 hour course in Adult Education at Wintonbury Care Center, Bloomfield as part of a grant-funded, work-based education program organized by Capital Workforce Partners. They are looking forward to the next round of clinical education on Issues of Aging.

January 12-13, 2009 - CTWorks on Congress' Agenda - with visits by Congressman Chris Murphy to New Congressman Joe CourtneyBritain (r) and Congressman Joe Courtney to ECongressman Chris Murphynfield (l) - and Senator Joe Lieberman visitng Enfield last month - the needs of job seekers are in focus as our Congressional delegation heads back to Washington to support economic stimulus initiatives.


January 5, 2009 - Hartford Public School Counselors Off to a Great Start to the New Year -  Many Hartford school counselors and educators started the New Year with Capital Workforce Partners' Career Competency Training - aiming to better connect the city's students to careers that will be available to them in their future.  Shown above are Bellizzi Middle School Counselors Deana Leiken and Mitchell Grant. Shown below, is CWP's Youth Program Coordinator, Dennis Mink and Angela Dunnham, a Weaver High School Student who helped lead the training after three years of  participating in the Competency Training System. 

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