by Brent Addleman

 

Connecticut is focusing on a workforce investment designed to place state residents from underserved communities into high-demand jobs.

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Thursday the state was¬†awarded $23.9 million¬†through the American Rescue Plan’s Good Jobs Challenge through the U.S. Department of Commerce. The funds will be invested into the Office of Workforce Strategy programs designed to place more than 2,000 residents into the workforce.

According to the release, the funding will be distributed to 10 regional sector partnerships to aid people from those underserved communities attain employment in high-demand jobs in manufacturing, health care, information technology, and bioscience.

Lamont and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, were each quoted in the release, praising assistance for training and access to the respective job industries.

The sector partnerships, according to the release, are comprised of officials in education and workforce and economic development that work in collaboration to advance industry competitiveness. The collaborative group will work to provide resources necessary to prepare high school students for the workforce, expand short-term training program, and include certificates from Google and AWS training from community colleges, and provide pathways to entry-level health care jobs.

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Brent Addleman is an Associate Editor and a veteran journalist with more than 25 years of experience. He has served as editor of newspapers in Pennsylvania and Texas, and has also worked at newspapers in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and Kentucky.
Photo “Ned Lamont” by Office of Governor Ned Lamont. Background Photo “Connecticut State Capitol” by EGryk. CC BY-SA 4.0.