December 20, 2017

Hartford internships net $150K Hartford Foundation grant

Capital Workforce Partners will receive $150,000 from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to support its Hartford student internship program.

About 150 students will benefit from the grant funding, said Alex Johnson, president and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners.

The Hartford Student Internship Plan (HSIP), a partnership with Hartford public schools, Capital Workforce Partners, the city of Hartford, MetroHartford Alliance and the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, offers project-based learning experiences and internships to juniors and seniors in high school.

Students participate in mock interviews, resume development and other workforce readiness training prior to gaining actual work experience. Internship placements are aligned to student interest and/or academy theme of the high school.

The Hartford Student Internship Program helps to prepare city public school students in grades 11 and 12 to pursue and complete post-secondary credential or degree programs, and complements the classroom curriculum with real-world experiences to provide students with the skills they need to fill the jobs created by Connecticut's aging workforce.

Over the 2017-18 Hartford Student Internship year (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018), a total of 400 students will receive internships or work-based learning experiences during the school year and/or summer.

The youth unemployment rate among those ages 16 to 19 in Hartford County is 25.5 percent; in the city of Hartford the rate is nearly double at 46 percent.

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