KRA/CTWorks Manchester Open House

Recently, Capital Workforce Partners (CWP), North Central Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Investment Board, and KRA’s client for the operation of the CTWorks Program; the Manchester Adult and Continuing Education Program; and the Manchester Community College co-hosted a combined Grand Re-opening and Open House at the Manchester CTWorks office.  Thomas Phillips, CWP President & CEO, welcomed a throng of guests and stressed the importance of partnerships in providing quality workforce development services for jobseeker-customers in the Manchester area.

Others on-hand for the event included Geoff Luxenberg, State Representative, 12th Assembly District; Patrick Boxall, KRA Vice President & COO; and Bob Eckert, Executive Director, Lutz Children’s Museum, who spoke of the benefits of using CTWorks jobseeker-customers in filling open employment opportunities.  Other local employer-customers spoke about the importance of their relationship with CTWorks, and how the jobseekers referred to them are equipped with the critical skills needed for their businesses to succeed.  Several customers, who are now successfully employed, spoke highly of the CTWorks staff, and how the comprehensive services they received helped them in overcoming the barriers they had encountered in trying to find employment.

Boxall stated, “I’m pleased I was able to celebrate this event with so many distinguished guests and supporters.  As several speakers have noted, partnership is a critical factor in the success of the KRA/CTWorks operation, and the re-design of our four offices has made collaboration much easier.  Last October, we commemorated the re-opening of the renovated Enfield office, and now with the  Manchester re-opening, we have come full circle in creating ‘open-space’ facilities that greatly enhance the service delivery system…for both jobseekers and businesses.  Our staff now work in a more connected manner to provide career assessment, guidance, and preparation; job-search and placement assistance; and importantly, vital information on training programs in growing regional-industry sectors.”

Kimberly Staley, KRA Program Director, added, “In partnership with CWP, we are excited to be on the front lines of revolutionizing the way One-Stop Career Centers deliver services. The new design for our four offices serves several major purposes.  First, it addresses the need to economize in an era of diminishing resources, by reducing net “brick and mortar” costs.  Second, it configures space to support a team approach to service delivery.  And third, it acknowledges the changing ways that jobseekers optimize the use of the One-Stop system.  In addition to one-on-one and group work-readiness activities, through our Online Learning Centers, we successfully integrate the latest technological resources related to effective workforce development.”