State of CT – Grants available for employers in Manufacturing, Healthcare, Science Technology

The WorkPlace, Inc. announces the availability of approximately $280,000 in grant funds from the State of Connecticut for innovative approaches to developing a well-trained workforce. The WorkPlace seeks employers in Manufacturing, Healthcare, Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) and Green related industries to apply.  Employers must have a company location in one the 20 communities that The WorkPlace, Inc. serves:  Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bridgeport, Darien, Derby, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Westport, Wilton.  Awards will fall within the range of $10,000 to $50,000. Businesses will receive payment for training expenses on a cost-reimbursement basis.

This initiative is a strategic effort to prepare workers and businesses for new and challenging opportunities. Grant funds awarded under this program should be used to develop employee training solutions that address workforce challenges in Southwestern Connecticut. All funds for training programs must be allocated by May 31, 2011 and training completed by June 30, 2011.  (See the grant application for complete requirements.)

The grant application is posted on our website at the following links:  http://www.workplace.org  homepage under Events and at http://www.workplace.org/iwt.asp.  You can view and download the full document from there.  Please note that submissions must meet the specs in the application.

To learn more about the Incumbent Worker Training Program, please contact:

Tom Long, AVP, Private Sector Services

Phone:  (203) 610-8528

Email:  tlong@workplace.org

Melanie Blanco, MBA Manager of Communications / Website Content The WorkPlace, Inc. – Southwestern CT's Regional Workforce Development Board 350 Fairfield Avenue, 3rd Floor Bridgeport, CT 06604 Phone:  203-610-8562 Fax:  203-610-8563 Email:  mblanco@workplace.org www.workplace.org

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