Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Received $23.9 Million in Federal Funding to Support Workforce Training Initiative

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08/04/2022

Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Received $23.9 Million in Federal Funding to Support Workforce Training Initiative

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy is receiving a $23.9 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support the creation of the initiative to strengthen sector partnerships.

The initiative will provide resources to support ten Regional Sector Partnerships (RSPs) across Connecticut to train and place more than 2,000 people – especially from historically underserved communities – in high-demand jobs in four priority sectors , including manufacturing, healthcare and information technology. , biosciences.

RSPs are a coordinated and collaborative team of public partners in education, workforce development and economic development, led by businesses to advance the competitiveness of industries by providing the resources needed to develop innovative programs to address the talent shortage. Programs include creating high school career path programs to prepare students for careers after graduation, expanding access to short-term training programs, including Google and AWS certificates offered by community colleges, and the creation of more equity pathway programs, from entry-level health care jobs to graduate nurses. .

Governor Lamont said“This award is great news for Connecticut. This new federal funding will support my administration’s work to provide Connecticut businesses with access to the talent they need to grow in Connecticut and to provide residents of and historically underserved communities access to the training and support they need to find stable, well-paying jobs in manufacturing, IT, and healthcare. I thank the Biden administration and Congress for passed the American Rescue Plan Act, which continues to support states like Connecticut with resources to accelerate equitable economic growth.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said, “Funding President Biden’s US bailout through the Good Jobs Challenge will enable meaningful and tangible investments in critical sectors within local communities. These statewide, employer-led training programs create economic resilience for the State of Connecticut and a more competitive workforce, while enriching the future of individuals through jobs quality.

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo said, “The Good Jobs Challenge brings together diverse local partners and leaders to advance workforce training programs across the country. Led by the Office of Workforce Strategy, this program will pursue a robust statewide approach, bringing together employers and training programs, to prepare workers for high-paying jobs in Connecticut.

Senator Richard Blumenthal said“With this significant federal grant, Connecticut’s Office of Workforce Strategy will be able to train thousands of people for high-demand jobs in manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, and biomedical industries, thereby strengthening our economy while investing in the next generation of workers. . I am thrilled that this investment is being made in Connecticut’s workforce, and I will continue to fight with my colleagues in Congress to bring back more federal dollars for these vital workforce training programs.

Senator Chris Murphy said, “This $23.9 million grant is a huge win for our Connecticut workers and businesses. This new initiative, now possible with funding from the US bailout, will train workers in the skills they need before placing them in high-paying jobs in one of Connecticut’s growing and high-demand industries. Workforce development is always a smart investment, and I will continue to push for increased federal support for programs in our state.

Congressman John B. Larson said, “This $24 million Good Jobs Challenge grant from the American Rescue Plan will invest in a stronger, more diverse workforce in Connecticut’s most in-demand industries. We passed the US bailout in Congress to revive the economy and get people back to work. I am pleased to announce the initiative to strengthen industry partnerships to recruit, train and retain workers in well-paying healthcare, manufacturing and technology jobs right here in Connecticut, and I thank Governor Lamont for his forward-looking vision of our state’s workforce. ”

Congressman Joe Courtney said“Connecticut is perfectly positioned to take advantage of these funds thanks to the hard work of Kelli-Marie Vallieres and the Office of Workforce Strategy. This is exactly the type of targeted investment we need. to continue to grow our economy and build the highly skilled workforce we need.These bailout funds will help accelerate an already vibrant manufacturing and technology sector in Connecticut’s second congressional district and across our state. With so many economic opportunities on the horizon – from clean energy generation, to increased shipbuilding, to strong demand for medical professionals – an added boost to our already successful workforce skills training programs will truly help prepare our entire region for success.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said, “I am pleased to see the funding from my colleagues and have helped secure in the US bailout needed workforce training programs in Connecticut through the Good Jobs Challenge. These investments will support our economic recovery by helping put Americans in underserved communities back to work in in-demand, well-paying jobs that will help them meet rising costs and support their families. I commend the Department of Commerce for for creating the Good Jobs Challenge to support our ongoing economic recovery and help American workers move forward. Thank you to Governor Lamont, who helped launch these initiatives to support Connecticut’s long-term economic development. They will support job training programs that have helped Nutmeggers gain the skills needed to transition into new jobs well paid that will help them progress.

Congressman Jim Himes said“The Good Jobs Challenge is a welcome investment in expanding and diversifying Connecticut’s workforce. This federal funding will create training opportunities and generate well-paying jobs for underserved communities, while strengthening our global competitiveness through domestic production.I am excited to work with the Office of Workforce Strategy as these partnerships evolve and begin to shape Connecticut’s next generation of leaders.

Congresswoman Jahana Hayes said, “Workforce development has been a priority since I took office. I’m glad our efforts in Congress are directly benefiting Connecticut. This program will be crucial in diversifying our workforce and providing my constituent with access to well-paying jobs. I look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Governor on this effort.

This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge. The program awarded grants to 32 worker-focused, industry-led workforce training partnerships Across the country. $500 million program expands opportunities for more Americans to access and secure well-paying jobs by investing in innovative approaches to advance workforce training partnerships worker-centred and industry-led.

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