What is the CareerConneCT program?

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Learn about the CareerConneCT training and employment program


What is the CareerConneCT program?

Governor Lamont and the Connecticut General Assembly created CareerConneCT to help the thousands of Connecticut residents whose jobs and lives were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to get back to work in Connecticut’s fastest-growing industries, in better jobs than those they had before the pandemic.


How can CareerConneCT help me?

CareerConneCT helps eligible people access and participate in short-term (typically 5- to 20-week) training programs that allows you to earn industry-recognized credentials and find entry-level employment in a high-quality career pathway. If you are eligible, CareerConneCT participants may also receive a skills inventory, case management, and job placement support, as well as supportive services such as transportation, childcare, housing, food, technology, benefits counseling, stipends, and/or other services needed to attend job training and care for your family during training.


How much does CareerConneCT cost?

CareerConneCT training is free for eligible individuals who enroll.


Where are CareerConneCT training programs offered?

In-person training programs are offered in locations across Connecticut. Some programs are offered completely online, and some combine online classes with in-person, hands-on learning.


When are CareerConneCT training programs offered?

Many training programs will begin in January or February of 2023 and will continue on a rolling basis. Programs are offered during the daytime and/or in the evening. Your case manager or career coach can provide more details about when trainings are held. Classes and schedules will be available in the CareerConneCT portal for your information.


Can I get an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree through the CareerConneCT program?

CareerConneCT cannot pay for people to enroll in degree programs, but many of the short-term credentials you can earn through CareerConneCT may qualify for credit towards a degree. Visit the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) website for information on high-quality, affordable two- and four-year degree programs.


What kinds of jobs can the CareerConneCT program help me prepare for?

CareerConneCT offers training for entry-level and middle-skill jobs on career pathways in industries including manufacturing, healthcare, information technology (IT), green jobs, infrastructure/construction, life sciences, business services, and transportation (such as a commercial driver’s license (CDL)).


What are the specific CareerConneCT training programs?

The Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS) intends to fund these CareerConneCT programs. The programs will be operated by regional workforce development boards and community-based organizations.


What is a workforce development board?

Workforce development boards are part of the Public Workforce System. They are a network of federal, state, and local offices that identify the needs of a regional job market, oversee a network of American Job Centers, and work to coordinate and align workforce development activities in their region. Workforce development boards help businesses find qualified workers to meet their workforce needs and help workers get the skills businesses need.

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