Starting Monday, March 31, several dozen students from Hartford's Academy of Engineering and Green Technology will arrive at their school every morning during spring break in their uniforms, ready to learn.

Why are these teenagers going to school during their vacation? To gain valuable knowledge and first-hand experience from over 30 business volunteers from Connecticut companies. The volunteers will facilitate 24 workshops for the students on workplace skills designed to prepare them for paid internships this summer.

The classes will run Monday, March 31, through Thursday, April 3, from 9 am to noon at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Hartford Public High School, 55 Forest Street, Hartford.

Companies and organizations involved include Bank of America, CBIA, Cigna, CTKids, Jewish Community Center, Kelly Engineering Resources, LiveKind, Milone & MacBroom, Northeast Utilities, Travelers, and UTC Aerospace Systems. Funding for this project is provided by United Technologies Corporation.

This is the 5th year of the program, which has placed over 140 students in paid internships at 33 Hartford area companies over the past four years. The program is run by CBIA's Education Foundation.

For more information about the program or a list of scheduled events, please contact Meaghan MacDonald at meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com or 860.244.1957.

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CBIA is Connecticut's largest business organization, with 10,000 member companies. For more information, please contact Meaghan MacDonald (860.244.1957; meaghan.macdonald@cbia.com) or visit the CBIA Newsroom.