National Workforce Development Month

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BEST Chance Partnership

The BEST Chance Partnership has announced that the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is providing $400,000 in funding to serve citizens who have recently been released from prison with career services, workforce training, job placement/retention and support services in the Capitol Region. The BEST Chance Partnership includes the Connecticut Departments of Labor, Correction, Social Services other funding partners, which support a Second Chance Integrated Basic Education Skills Training (IBEST) Program

Advancing Training in Manufacturing

The state’s public community colleges and the Connecticut Department of Labor have announced the expansion of Connecticut’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Programs to include Tunxis Community College, with classes scheduled to begin this fall. The addition of the Tunxis campus extends the reach of these programs to all corners of the state, and provides a convenient location for manufacturing firms in the greater Hartford, Farmington Valley and Bristol areas to access these programs.


Stand Down 2018
9/21/2018, 8:00am - 2:00pm
CT Dept. of Veterans' Affairs, Rocky Hill, CT
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Veterans’ Services staff with the Connecticut Department of Labor will offer workforce assistance, including employment and training guidance, to veterans during Stand Down 2018, taking place 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 21. The annual event, taking place on the grounds of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs main campus in Rocky Hill, will feature approximately 30 agencies and social service organizations to assist the more than 200,000 veterans in the state. The event offers information and services related to workforce and education needs, state and VA benefits, and legal or motor vehicle issues, as well as housing referrals, and medical, dental and mental health screenings.

“Serving those who defended our country and our freedom is a high priority for Connecticut Department of Labor, and we are always honored to take part in Stand Down,” notes State Labor Commissioner Kurt Westby. “Labor Department employees will provide résumé critiques, assist with job search and employment-related questions, and provide career-related services. Stand Down provides excellent opportunities to expand the agency’s outreach efforts to the men and women who have given so much for their country.”

CT Learns and Works Symposium
9/27/2018, 8:00 - 11:45am
Northwest Community College, Winsted, CT
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The CT Department of Labor is teaming up with the Department of Education, the CT Career Network, the State Colleges and Universities, Board of Regents and Eversource to offer a CT Learns and Works breakfast symposium for educators, counselors, employment and training specialists, and business persons interested in career and workforce development issues. The Sept. 27 symposium, set for 8 to 11:45 a.m., will be held at Northwest Community College, Park Place East, Winsted.

The symposium will bring educators and employers together to share knowledge about what is needed, what is being offered, and how to best nurture opportunities in terms of an educated workforce within the state’s local regions. It includes a panel discussion, a look at STEM education and career paths, and information from Connecticut employers that includes insight on jobs with bright outlooks and the skills our companies need. Patrick Flaherty, CTDOL Assistant Director of Research, is providing an overview of state and national labor market information.

Admission is free, but required pre-registration can be accomplished by visiting