August 14, 2018

Workforce program for ex-offenders scores $400K grant

Hartford's Capital Workforce Partners, the state's workforce development board in north central Connecticut, announced Monday its employment training program for ex-offenders has notched a $400,000 grant.

CWP's BEST Chance Partnership will receive the funds from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for participants to continue gaining pre-employment training and job placement assistance.

Program partners include the state departments of labor, correction and social services, among others. BEST Chance provides outreach, assessment, job placement and work readiness training in manufacturing, culinary arts and construction.

Training providers include Career Resources Inc., the Center for Latino Progress, Chrysalis Center, Community Partners in Action and Goodwin and Manchester community colleges.

Founded in 2016, the program has helped 277 individuals gain employment over the last two years, CWP officials said.

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