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Connecticut Launches $70 Million Workforce Training Program Directed at Workers Impacted by COVID-19

  • Connecticut launches CareerConneCT, which is designed to help workers whose employment was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Program will allow participants to receive the necessary credentials and job placement services to find employment in in-demand industries
  • Grants are available to training providers

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Connecticut has launched a $70 million program aimed at supporting workers whose employment was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and retraining them for available positions in several industries in the state.

CareerConneCT will provide access to short-term training programs and allow participants to earn an industry-recognized credential. The goal of the program is to return Connecticut workers to employment in higher paying, in-demand careers.

“CareerConneCT will not only help unemployed individuals find work, but it will also help modernize our workforce and strengthen our economy by providing innovative companies across our state with access to the most educated workforce in the country,” said Governor Ned Lamont. “Thanks to President Biden and our Congressional delegation, Connecticut has the resources to fund these critical job training programs and build back better.”

  • CareerConneCT will be administered by the Connecticut Office of Workforce Strategy and funded by $70 million in American Rescue Plan funds
  • Training providers will be eligible for grants to design programs to provide the necessary credentials and job placement services for positions in sectors such as manufacturing, information technology, healthcare, infrastructure, and clean energy
  • An estimated 8,000 people will be assisted through the program
  • The program will take place over four years, with grants issued twice a year in February and August
  • Applications are open through Feb. 20, and training providers can submit their applications online at

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