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Workforce Development Series Announcement

11.7.2018

Hamden’s Department of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization announces a new series in 2019. Titled “Everyone Gets a Job; Exploring Career and Technical Educational Opportunities”. This series will be focused on the workforce readiness of Hamden residents, particularly children entering or leaving middle school and entering high school. The series will include workshops on the job and career opportunities in the major economic sectors in Hamden and in the region.

These workshops will connect current business workforce needs with all educational and training opportunities. Workshops will focus on private sector job opportunities now and over the next 5-10 years. “The biggest challenge for businesses large and small is finding qualified and trained workers. The workforce needs in real time often outpaces the educational resources in any community. These forums will begin the dialogue between all of our partners to insure that every child has the opportunity for a good paying and satisfying job. It is critical for the future of Hamden’s economy”, stated Dale Kroop, Director.

The workshops will be held in 2019 at the public libraries, Churches, civic meetings, at PTAs and at the schools. The sessions will also be taped for viewing on line. “The idea is to hold these sessions where the parents and children are. We want everyone to have knowledge of educational and training opportunities that are out there,” continued Mr. Kroop.

The workshops will be sector based and will be focused on both the public school options for training and education as well as what is offered in alternative places or by the private sector. For example, the Hamden Public School system offers many opportunities in Health Care, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) which leads students on a track for a four-year college. However not every student can either afford and is interested in those options. This program will explore different pathways for the training of the current workforce. In the case of Information Technology (IT), there are both public and private education options to learn IT skills i.e. Coding, HTML and Virtual Reality.

Vocational training options for what are commonly referred to as the trades (plumbing, electrical, welding, car mechanics, etc) are often overlooked by parents as a viable option for their children as early as in 5th or 6th grade. Eli Whitney Technical School, the Labor Unions, private schools and the Community College system all offer good career paths in  the trades for those children. Other vocations such as utilities, fire and police services are also options for young adults and will be explored.

The first round of sessions in 2019 will include:

  • Health Care
  • Manufacturing
  • Vocational Options
  • Science, Engineering Technology and Math (STEM)
  • Information Technology: Coding, HTML and Artificial intelligence
  • Sustainability and Environmental Science
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Job Readiness (i.e. Internships, Appearance, Interview Skills), Financial Literacy,                          and Student Debt

There will be two informational public meetings to inform the public about the 2019 series. The first one on Miller Memorial Library (Friends Room) on Dixwell Avenue on Tuesday, November 27th from 600-730.and the second one will be at Saturday December 1st from 1030 am till noon will be held at the Brundage Community Library on Circular Avenue

“If these forums go well, I would love to expand this to adult education. There are many different populations that need re-training. I see veterans, people with disabilities, immigrants, ex-offenders and many other adults who would love the opportunty to be re-trained for a good paying job or career”, stated Dale Kroop

For more information on this new initiative and to RSVP for the informational sessions, contact Dale Kroop at 203-287-7030 or at dkroop@hamden.com


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