Orientations Held Feb. 3, 2012 and Feb. 10, 2012 to Determine Eligibility into Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers Training Program

The new Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers training program, beginning on February 27, offers skills enhancement to individuals living in the Hartford and Enfield labor markets. The program will help prepare participants for careers in the energy industry.

With the impending retirement of many baby boomers, as well as new innovations and system upgrades, the energy industry is set for growth in Connecticut.

"Many Connecticut residents are searching for work, and they aren't aware of the growing opportunity in the energy sector," says Judy Resnick, Executive Director of CBIA's Education Foundation. "These individuals must be prepared with a solid foundation of academic skills to work in the energy sector. And this program is a first step to a rewarding career in energy."

The free six-week training program begins with attendance at one of two orientations to take place at CREC, 34 Sequassen Street in Hartford from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. Attendance at one of the orientations is a mandatory first step to take part in the training.

Upon acceptance to the training program, students will attend six weeks of full-day classroom and online training courses designed to increase critical thinking, math, and applied technology skills, help prepare the student for pre-employment aptitude tests and academic placement tests, and give them the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a national credential identified by the Center for Energy Workforce Development as the entry-level standard for the energy industry.

In addition, twelve of the participants who successfully complete the program will be selected to participate in a 10-week electric/ gas utility training program beginning on April 16, 2012 at Northeast Utilities, leading to industry-specific training and certificates.

"This is a unique program, created using information on industry-specific needs given to us by the very businesses that will need new employees," added Resnick. "The training will allow these individuals to enter the workforce with the potential to move into good high-skill, high-wage jobs."

Individuals who want to be considered for the program have to meet specific criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Reside in the Hartford or Enfield labor market
  • Be unemployed, or under-employed with an annual income of less than $44,700
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be drug free
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have a valid CT drivers license and reliable transportation
  • Have a minimum CASAS scores of 245 and/ or complete KeyTrain pre-tests at level 3
  • Commit to the six-week program
  • Attend a program orientation to complete program application and assessments.

"The different doors this program could open are life-changing," says Deb Presbie, CBIA project coordinator. "While students gain knowledge and skills specific to the energy industry, they also earn a workforce credential that verifies they have core employability skills that are valuable across all businesses and industries. Each person is given a career advisor, the chance to network, and job placement assistance. There aren't many opportunities like this out there."

The Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers program begins on Feb. 27, 2012 and runs through April 6, 2012. Classes will be held for those who are enrolled Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm at CREC.

These programs are made possible by a grant from the Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford, with the support from the CT STEM Jobs Project. There is no cost to attend.

To learn more and see if you are eligible, sign up for a two-hour orientation session. Orientation sessions will be held Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at CREC, 34 Sequassen Street, Hartford. You must sign up for one of these dates in order to participate in the program. To save your spot, call Deb Presbie at 860-244-1932, or by email at deb.presbie@cbia.com .

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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 cbia.com/newsroom.