Recently, Congressman Joe Courtney, D-2nd District of Connecticut, visited CTWorks, operated by KRA Corporation for Capital Workforce Partners, to talk about the newly-authorized Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA), discussing how WIOA, an overhaul of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, governs $6.2 billion in funds for job-training, job programs for disadvantaged youth, and other workforce-services support for jobseekers.
Courtney, a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, told the assemblage that, in addition to revised accountability standards, the Youth Build Program will be strengthened to ensure that training is targeted for in-demand jobs, and that 75 percent of those served are either high-school dropouts, or graduates who are not in post-secondary school or working.
Another dignitary in attendance was Sharon Palmer, Commissioner, CT State Department of Labor, who added “The State always seeks to have effective job training. The worst thing you can do is train someone toward a job where there is no job.”
Courtney talked, but he also listened to the views, some of which are presented below, of the CTWorks jobseekers with whom he met:
- CTWorks really cares and wants to help.
- I’m not sure what I would do without CTWorks and the staff here.
- CTWorks is a hidden gem. We need to get the word out about this place!
- People still perceive this office as the “unemployment office” but it isn’t, it’s the “employment office!”
- Very professional, caring, and supportive staff here at CTWorks.