Seven Connecticut organizations are among the recipients of workforce training grants from Stanley Black & Decker.

The New Britain-based manufacturer launched its Global Impact Challenge initiative last fall, with plans to award $25 million over five years to nonprofits dedicated to vocational training.

The four are among 59 nonprofits selected to receive $3 million for trade skills training and reskilling programs in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

The recipients include career development schools, community colleges, construction nonprofits, and trade schools from around the globe.

Stanley Black & Decker will also provide almost $1 million in tool donations to another 27 organizations to outfit makerspaces and training facilities.

Skilled Workers

“Over the last several decades, vocational schools and careers in the trades have been overshadowed despite the excellent, well-paying jobs and career paths they offer,” Stanley Black & Decker CEO Jim Loree said.

“Our goal is to recognize and advance those organizations that are working to create the skilled workers and trades people of the future that our society needs.”

CBIA members the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc., Goodwin University, and Knox, Inc. were among the Connecticut grant recipients.

East Hartford-based CCAT, which works to improve the global competitiveness of the region’s manufacturing supply chain, will use its grant to raise awareness around STEAM-related careers.

“It is our intention to identify maker multipliers from our neighborhoods who will spread the word about manufacturing careers and help multiply future makers in schools and communities throughout Connecticut,” said CCAT director of workforce Lynn Raicik.

“Our maker multipliers initiative, supported by Stanley Black & Decker, will be part of a connected and inclusive platform to help transform the manufacturing workforce of the future.”

Manufacturing Workshops

Goodwin University is at the center of a number of workforce development initiatives and plans to use its grant to deliver introductory manufacturing skills workshops.

"The makers grant will have an incredible impact on the lives of Connecticut residents looking to become part of the state’s manufacturing workforce,” said Dr. Cliff Thermer, assistant vice president for strategy and business development and dean of the School of Business, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing.

"We have always advocated for community outreach in our programs, and these resources will allow us to put true hands-on training in the neighborhoods where it will do the greatest good.”

Knox, Inc. develops and manages public-private partnerships "to build greener, stronger, healthier and more beautiful neighborhoods in Hartford."

The nonprofit will use the Stanley Black & Decker grant to support a green jobs apprenticeship program that provides people skills and experience in the landscaping industry.

Capital Community College Foundation, House of Heroes Connecticut, Make Haven, and Somers High School are the other Connecticut grant recipients.