CBIA's Education Foundation secures grants to support its educational and workforce development initiatives. Grants for public-private partnerships have allowed us to
Learn more about the Education Foundation and its current projects and campaigns.
Summer at the Shop: Joe Fayan (left), vice president of Seconn Manufacturing Group, shows teacher extern Mike Bono around the factory floor. See "Teacher Externships: Closing the School-to-Career Gap"
Education Drives Economic Development
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association is dedicated to the development of a highly skilled workforce—one that enables Connecticut businesses to compete in an increasingly knowledge-based, technological, and global economy.
Given changing demographics and intensifying global competition, our state is at risk of not meeting the labor needs of its employers, who increasingly can develop talent anywhere in the world. To continue to innovate, Connecticut must invest in its educational infrastructure, making certain that our young people enter the workforce with the professional and technical skills they need to succeed.
CBIA works on two fronts to ensure that our state meets those goals.
Public Policy Advocacy
CBIA makes important policy recommendations to government, foundations, and corporations. We provide staff and member representation on task forces, agencies, and commissions appointed by administrative and legislative leaders, and we have established a strong reputation at the federal, state and local levels for our expertise in workforce development and education reform.
We advocate for policies ranging from expansion of early childhood education to high-school reform, pathway programs from two-year colleges to four-year universities, and increased assessment and accountability at every level.
Our Key Partners: