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State Legislature Considers Funding Support of Manufacturing Pipeline Job Skills Training Programs

Senate Legislation Would Expand Training Opportunities For Workers In Eastern CT

Mandated by legislation passed last year, "An Analysis of Eastern Connecticut's Job Losses & Workforce Needs" was submitted this month by the commissioners of the state Department of Economic and Community Development and the state Department of Labor.

State Sen. Cathy Osten cited the report last week while testifying in favor of a bill calling for $1.5 million "to expand training opportunities for workers in southeastern Connecticut seeking employment in, or employment transition to, the advanced manufacturing, health care and defense manufacturing fields."

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Willimantic American Job Center Re-Opens

Federal, State, and Regional Dignitaries Applaud Community Effort Led by EWIB and EASTCONN

The center is the first of its kind in the state and will bring together EASTCONN's adult education programs, such as GED and high school completion classes, employment skills and training with Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board's Manufacturing Pipeline, case management, and employment resources.
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Electric Boat to Prioritize Pipeline Training Graduates in Hiring Process

All 14 Enrollees in Grasso Tech Welding Class to Receive Job Interviews

EB, which gives preference to pipeline graduates during hiring, has extended job offers to 148 pipeline participants, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney's office said Monday. Of those, 71 have accepted job offers.
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U.S. Rep. Courtney Newsletter Highlights Importantce of Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative

Cites partnership with EWIB and local community colleges

Segment of Oct. 7, 2016 U.S. Rep. Courtney newsletter on his participation in Manufacturing Day 2016 events.
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Region's Labor Issues Enhanced By Manufacturing Pipeline Training Classes

Initial Five Classes Achieve 92% Employment Rate

EWIB and dozens of other stakeholders have made great strides toward promoting potentially lucrative careers in advanced manufacturing via training and outreach programs. The first five classes of graduates from intensive training programs offered at Three Rivers Community College and Ella T. Grasso High School have enjoyed a 92 percent employment rate.  And EWIB statistics show the local manufacturing workforce has experienced 9.2 percent growth since 2011.
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