Governor Lamont Announces Connecticut Awarded $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 being awarded a $23.9 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to support the creation of the Strengthening Sectoral Partnerships Initiative.
The initiative will provide resources to support ten Regional Sector Partnerships (RSPs) across Connecticut to train and place more than 2,000 people – particularly from historically-underserved communities – in high-demand jobs in four priority sector areas, including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology, bioscience.
The RSPs are a coordinated and collaborative team of public partners in education, workforce development, and economic development, led by business to collaboratively advance the industries’ competitiveness by providing the resources necessary to develop innovative programs to address the talent shortage. Programs include building career pathway programs in high school to prepare students for careers upon graduation, expanding access to short-term training programs including Google and AWS certificates offered by community colleges, and creating more equity pathway programs from entry-level healthcare jobs to degreed nurses.
Governor Lamont said, “This is award is great news for Connecticut. This new federal funding will support my administration’s work to provide Connecticut businesses access to the talent they need to grow in Connecticut and to provide residents from historically underserved populations and communities access to the training and support they need to find stable, good-paying jobs in …