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Press Room | 2010 Archive


December 22, 2010 – Jobs Funnel Celebrates Solar Training Graduates - It was standing room only as nearly 100 gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of 17 Solar Panel Installation training graduates - most who are now putting their new skills to work in a rewarding career.  Many thanks to Rite-Way Restoration Specialists - who not only hired many of the trainees - but their business has blossomed since.  Good for Rite-Way.  Good for the workforce. Good for the environment and good for Connecticut!  This is job creation - at work!

December 20, 2010 – Jobs Funnel in New Britain is Officially Launched - The Funnel kicked off its official New Britain launch - with the new Police Station groundbreaking and construction underway.  A press conference was held with Tom Phillips (in photo), Mayor Tim Stewart leading the way and representatives of the partnership - Dept. of Labor's Mike Bartley, representatives from funders at OWC, American Savings Bank, Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, the Funnel Steering Committee and Staff, representative from the Greater Hartford - New Britain Building Trades Council and other expressed this initaitive's importance to New Britain Workers.  A representative from Congressman Murphy's office was also present as Federal ARRA funding has contributed to this ongoing effort.

It's never too early to develop Career Competencies - CWP's Dennis Mink was invited by The Village to speak to a group of Burr Elementary School students about setting realistic plans and goals for their career futures.

December 15, 2010 – The Art of Networking - More than 80 youth engaged in the 2010 Career Connections "The Art of Networking" Workshop hosted at Goodwin College, East Hartford.   At the heart of it were a review of the plusses and perils of online social networks, the critical value of professional networks and the essential skills for making a solid impression.  A dozen professionals volunteered from public, private and non-profit sectors to put students through their paces in a challenge to formulate and effectively deliver an “elevator pitch” about themselves.  (left - Nick Lentino, Goodwin College Admissions; seated - Rachel Botts, City of Hartford Youth Services).

December 14 , 2010 - MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact:  Lisa Carver, City of New Britain (860) 826-3303
                Sandra Rodriguez, Capital Workforce Partners (860) 899-3462

Mayor Stewart, the Greater Hartford-New Britain Building Trades Council and Capital Workforce Partners hold office launch of the Jobs Funnel in New Britain and its initial construction project - the new Police Station. Click here, for a live webcam on the site: http://oxblue.com/pro/open/downes/nbpd

Full text of the release.

November 22, 2010 – Career Connections launches into a New Year - Travelers Claims University was the place to be for over 80 spirited students who participated in program launch. Students were oriented on the career activities and experiences in the Career Connections Program and got a great glimpse of what goes on at Travelers and its Claims University. Two Prince Technical High School students were stars of the show, when they shared their Career Connections, Junior Achievement and HRACC experiences. Many thanks to Travelers University Relations Division for being the sponsor for this year’s kick-off.  Stay tuned.

November 18, 2010 – Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” Event  - With more than 100 people attending, the gathering sponsored by Capital Workforce Partners was a great success.  Held at the Irish American Home Society in Glastonbury, a traditional Irish bagpiper greeted those attending, and festivities ended with a spirited performance of Irish Step Dancing. (Charles Smith, our Chairman is pictured at right).

Jim Boucher, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Tom Phillips, Alex Johnson, Dennis Mink

October 13, 2010 – A “breather” for our summer program service providers.
Hartford Mayor Pedro E. Segarra joined Capital Workforce Partners at Union Station’s Great Hall to salute the dedicated service providers across North Central CT who ran the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program, providing opportunities for nearly 2,800 youths. The Mayor thanked each organization, and CWP’s Tom Phillips observed challenges these community leaders had overcome and the uphill advocacy battle we face next year. Mayor Segarra asked us to join him in aiming high for Hartford in 2011 hoping to double Hartford student participation next summer! (l-r Jim Boucher, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra, Tom Phillips, Alex Johnson, Dennis Mink)
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See a list of these service providers.

October 19 , 2010 – Union Place was the place to be for Allied Health Jobs - This targeted job fair was designed for individuals who received healthcare related training at CTWorks - now ready to embark on a successful career.  Many thanks to the 30+ hiring healthcare organizations in attendance as well as our education and service partners.

Photos click here.  See the Image Gallery for more.

September 24 , 2010 – It Was a Full House - at the employer "debriefing" session held at the Lyceum to discuss the benefits and challenges of this summer's youth employment and learning program - from the employer's perspective.  Employers from Story Bros. to Dattco, from ShopRite to TJ Maxx and from Htfd City Hall to St. Francis Hospital discussed their experiences with the city's youth and offered suggestions for continuous program improvement in the years ahead.

September 23 , 2010 – Jobs First Vendor Fair at CTWorks in Hartford enables peer-to-peer sharing of programs and services that can be of benefit to individuals seeking training and and a self sufficient career path.  In the photo is Rick Taylor, who spearheads a CNA trainiing program in Manchester.

Youths from Summer Program Speak To CWP Board September 22, 2010

In the photo above: Hartford High's Vidalys Traverzo (r) with her summer program leads, Barbara Muhamad of Urban League and John Hayes of Hartford Public Schools’ Government and Law Academy.  Vidalys worked at Hartford City Hall.


Blue Hills' summer participant, Kamar Walker (c), told the CWP Board about his program experience which focused on developing advocacy campaigns addressing various social issues, e.g., teen pregnancy and saying "no" to drugs.  Also in the photo, program lead, Kelvin Lovejoy (l) and CWP’s Dennis Mink (r).

SMART Program graduates at Manchester Community College

July 29, 2010 – The “SMART” graduates are at Manchester Community College (MCC)
Congratulations to the recent graduates of the Pre-Manufacturing Certificate program at Manchester Community College (MCC), a part of a Skills for Manufacturing and Related Technologies (SMART) Grant. Their hard work and accomplishment was recently celebrated by administrators and staff at MCC. This program continues to broaden participation in advanced manufacturing in CT by providing incumbent and displaced workers a path to training for in-demand jobs. Click here for more photos


 Washington, DC - The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) is pleased to

announce the election of Pamela Nabors to its Board of Directors. Click here for the press release.

July 14, 2010 - Governor Congratulates New Britain Youth in the FHITEC Program for Their Help With the Environment - The Environmental Track of the FHITEC (Finance, Health, Information Technology, Environmental Careers)  Youth Employment Program was honored by Governor M.  Jodi  Rell at New Britain High School. This program’s purpose is to learn about and help the environment in and around the communities in which the youth workers  live. Governor Rell showed her appreciation by coming and speaking     to the youths, and thanking them for their hard work and dedication.  (story by marketing intern Marcus Allen Johnson)

Click here for Governor's Press Release

July 6, 2010 - U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier visits Capital Workforce Partners and their partners in education to discuss the continued aligning of workforce development and education advancements, in nurturing a quality talent pipeline for the region and state.  In photo - Tom Phillips, CWP President and CEO, U.S. Asst. Secretary of Education, Dr. Brenda Dann-Messier and Alex Johnson, CWP Chief Operating Officer Click here for more photos


June 28, 2010 - Subsidized Employment Intern, Virginia Padin Spoke of Her Experience with CTWorks at a Recognition Breakfast - The breakfast was held at The Crowne Plaza in Cromwell, "This work experience has been such a blessing. I wanted to prove I was not just an intern, but part of the team." "CTWorks was there when I needed them." Virginia (r) is now a full time employee at Latino Community Services. Click here for more photos.

June 17, 2010 - Future Workforce Recognized at Workforce Stars Breakfast -

Among the many recognized as workforce stars for their accomplishments were Ahmad Jallow and Amanda Baker (middle). Both are participants in Capital Workforce Youth Employment programs. Winners received $500 scholarships from Workforce Stars’ Host Webster Bank.  In the photo are (l-r) CWP’s Althea Bates; Jennifer Smagin, Hartford Public Schools; Ahmad Jallow; Amanda Baker; Nancy Scirroco, Webster Bank; and CWP’s Dennis Mink.
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June 17, 2010 - Encore Program Completion Ceremony Celebrates 24 Graduates.
Encore!Hartford is a skill-transition training program for seasoned corporate and public service professionals seeking managerial and professional positions in the Connecticut nonprofit sector. Capital Workforce Partners' Pamela Nabors spoke at the completion ceremony which took place at the Hartford Public Library, as some of the program graduates benefited from CTWorks Training Accounts. Approximately 50% of the graduates have already been hired full or part time in non-profit management careers.

June 17 2010 - News Release - VNA HealthCare Named as Business Workforce Star

June 2, 2010 - 1st Annual Youth Career Skills Challenge Competition at Aetna - Kudos to Career Connections students, and thanks to judges and sponsors of the first Youth Skills Challenge. The spirited event ended 2010’s career competencies training at the program’s five schools. Six category winners receive internships from event sponsor, Aetna Insurance. Competition included Employment Interviewing, Extemporaneous Speaking, Career Connections Jeopardy, a Dress for Success Fashion Show, “Dream” Resumes and “Personal Qualities” Poetry. Program and event support by Heartbeat Ensemble, Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut (HRACC), NIRO Design, Junior Achievement and Connecticut Youth Forum.

Jobs Expo at Union Station

May 25, 2010 - Career Exploration Expo for Youth at The Great Hall in Union Station -
Nearly 20  exhibitors from private, public and educational organizations generously assembled to meet some of our region’s future workforce.  The attending students learned about occupations in various sectors and developed insight into business needs.  We thank the participating organizations and individuals.

May 20, 2010 - 3rd Annual Allied Health Symposium at The Mark Twain Museum -

Allied Health SymposiumOver 100 gathered to celebrate the Allied Health Program’s successful beneficiaries and dedicated patrons.  Good cheer was as abundant at the festivities as was the grit and determination the adult learners displayed through their courses and training. There were moving and inspiring stories from both program participants and supporters.   We were fortunate also to have a highly engaging Keynote Speaker, VisaelBobby” Rodriguez, Chief Diversity Officer at

Baystate Health. See photos.

May 14, 2010 - Roomful of Workforce Professionals - 260 CTWorks staff from the state's five workforce regions got new ideas and inspiration at an all day training session in Rocky Hill.  Attendees represented all facets of service – greeters, customer service, job development and core service staff.  Greg Newton, a nationally renowned workforce development expert, delivered the opening, lunch and workshop programs on topics such as on-the-job training, getting people placed after occupational skills training and delivering excellent customer service in the One-Stops. Other workshop topics included: business services, online job search options, dealing with individuals with mental health or substance abuse issues, professional development credentials for One- Stop staff, helping the white collar dislocated worker and green jobs opportunities.

May 2010 - Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford Shares in Council on Foundations’ Highest Award for Distinguished Grantmaking - read more

May 13, 2010 - The City of Hartford 's Internship Program (CHIP) Recognizes Employers – Emma Asante of NBC Universal is recognized for her leadership in providing meaningful internships for Hartford students who are focusing their careers on media and journalism. Also receiving an award was Attorney Crumbie from Crumbie Law Firm and approximately 80 students from Hartford Academies of Law and Government, Global, and Journalism and Media. In the photo (l-r) are NBC Community Affairs Director Emma Asante, City of Hartford’s Enid Rey and Rachel Rivera, and CWP’s Anthony Wilson.

April 26, 2010 - Manufacturing and Engineering Employment and Resource EXPO, Goodwin College.
20 businesses and 100 job seekers attended a jobs EXPO focused on area manufacturing and engineering firms and on job seekers with technical skills.  Along with employers and job opportunities, organizations were present offering technical training, education, funding, workshops and new business start-up advice.  Employers and job seekers effectively engaged with each other, and job seekers found particular value in resume critiques by experienced industry leaders.(l-r) Mayor of East Hartford, Melody A. Currey; Senator Billy Ciotto; Goodwin College President, Mark Scheinberg.  See the report and photos.

April 22, 2010 - Partnering with Hartford
Public Schools
.  In a unique briefing at the Capital Workforce Partners, Board of Directors Meeting at the Hartford CTWorks One-Stop Career Center, Steven J. Adamowski (left), Hartford Superintendent of Schools, educated the Board on his team’s integrated, hard-hitting strategy for school reform.  State Representative Kelvin Roldan (right) further described the growing alignment with Capital Workforce Partners.  We thank them for sharing a penetrating analysis and for reviewing Hartford’s inspiring progress. Get the details here (PDF).

Yolanda Rivera receives an award

March 29, 2010 - Jobs Funnel Program Manager, Yolanda Rivera Receives Award to a Standing Ovation of 300 - In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, The Jobs Funnel in North Central Connecticut was led by U.S. Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, Congressman John B. Larson and a roomful of dignitaries, union representatives, "funnel fans" and participants.  YolaJobs Funnel 10th Anniversarynda's award, as well as several others given, were custom made replicas of the Connecticut Science Center crafted by the Painters and Allied Trades District Council and Sheet Metal Workers Local 40. 

U.S. Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis and Congressman John Larson

March 29, 2010Congressional News

Briefing at Hartford Hilton.  Watch the CTN video of U.S. Labor Secretary, Hilda L. Solis; Congressman John Larson (D-CT); and Capital Workforce Partners, Tom Phillips, discuss the importance of Summer Youth Employment Programs and developing our future workforce. (l-r) AFL-CIO, John Olsen, U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Congressman John Larson, CWP Tom Phillips, and CWP Board Chair, Rich Cohen.

March 2010 - Journalism Intern Gets Experience at NBC - A Hartford Journalism & Media Academy student in the City of Hartford's "CHIP" SAND Corp. program is one of several students interning at Channel 30. AHartford Journalism Academys part of the internship experience, students attend meeting with producers and learn the process by which stories are selected to be aired.  Students are also provided opportunities to write for stories.

March 9, 2010 - Sharing Statistics with the Business Community - As an extension of bringing Dr. Andrew Sum's message (below) of the dire straits of youth unemployment to business and education leaders, a presentation was made to MetroHartford Alliance's Senior Human Resources Task Group with a call to action for employer engagement in addressing the negative trends.   Presenting to this group were Joseph McLaughlin of Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies and CWP's Jim Boucher.

February 24, 2010 - WNPR Audio Clip on Summer Youth Employment -
Dr. Andrew Sum's Presentation

Dr. Andrew SumFebruary 24, 2010 - Dr. Andrew Sum Shares Key Statistics with Legislators, Youths and Community Stakeholders at Forum - Sponsored by the Youth Committee of the CT Employment and Training Commission and the CT Workforce Development Council.  Legislators in attendance included Sen. Donald DeFronzo, State Rep. Toni Walker, Sen. Eric Coleman, State Rep. Ken Green and many others. The event stressed the need for a "systemic" solution to finding employment opportunities for the state's youths and highlighted some of last year's successes.

Congressman Larson visits CCAT in East Hartford

February 12, 2010 - Congressman John Larson visits CCAT in East Hartford The ADVANCE Training Grant Program was launched – a program providing funds for training to eligible aerospace manufacturers to help “advance” their workforce.  The grant is being administered by CCAT and is funded through the Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford, and in part by Capital Workforce Partners, United Way and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.  Interested manufacturers can contact wsumple@ccat.us.
(L-R, Steve Cassano, CWP Consortium; Congressman John Larson; Elliott Ginsberg, CCAT; Tom Phillips, Capital Workforce Partners.)

February 9, 2010 - Media Alert Connecticut's Future Workforce - The Crisis in Youth Employment

Alexander FoxworthMeet Alexander Foxworth - who testifiied at the February 24, 2010 Statewide Youth Employment Summit at the Legislative Office Building.  Alexander spoke about his exoerience in 2009 as part of New Haven's Youth @ Work Program and his internship at the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce.



Meet Deirdre Willingham- who testifiied at the February 24, 2010 Statewide Youth Employment Summit at the Legislative Office Building.  Deirdre spoke about her exoerience in 2009 as part of Hartford's Our Piece of the Pie Program and her internship at the Hooker and Holcombe that led to her decision to study to become an actuary.


February 5, 2010 - The Precision Manufacturing Graduation at Manchester Community College This was a stepping stone for many to a great career. Here is one of the graduates Paul Gyambibi and his CTWorks Career Agent LaShawn Houston.  Paul’s instructors praised him for his amazing spirit and his commitment throughout the 28-week course.MCC Precision Manufacturing Graduation

January 25, 2010 - CT's Hottest Industries was the Topic for Career Connections Youths - Brando Guerrero from Nationwide Insurance, shown here was one of nine employers who spoke with over 100 students from Hartford area high schools - explaining where the hot careers are.  Featured industries included: green technology, health care, culinary arts, aerospace, insurance, banking and finance, law and social work.

Senator Dodd visits Bristol area manufacturing firms

January 4, 2010– Jobs and Training - were key topics on Senator Christopher Dodd's mind when visiting some Bristol area manufacturing firms - In the photo from ( l-r)  Mike Nicastro, President/CEO Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce; Capital Workforce Partners and CTWorks Business Services Consultant Angelo D'Alfonso, Sen. Christopher Dodd, Gemco President (Southington) Mark DiVenere, President Colonial Han-Dee Spring, Bill Lathrop and Bristol Mayor Art Ward.

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