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How Connecticut Companies Can Join the CampusCT Program to Help Retain Graduates

  • CampusCT initiative combines a mobile app and live events to make recent graduates aware of job and internship opportunities in Connecticut
  • Participating companies can share information on their business, diversity and inclusion efforts, and more
  • Connecticut has launched several efforts to attract and retain young professionals

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Businesses interested in hiring recent Connecticut graduates will have a new resource available to them this fall.

The CampusCT program is being launched as a partnership between the Governors Workforce Council, AdvanceCT, and the career readiness technology platform UpperCampus. It will focus on the Hartford region, with plans to expand to New Haven and Stamford in 2022. The goal of Campus CT is to improve the graduate retention rate in the cities by at least 5 percent.

The effort primarily utilizes a mobile app developed by UpperCampus, which was founded by previous employees of major tech companies including Facebook, Google, and Oracle. Participating companies will get a brand page to share information on their mission, company culture, diversity and inclusion efforts, job and internship opportunities, Connecticut lifestyle, and more. Several live events will also be held to complement the app.

UpperCampus says one of its goals is to help students gain insights on their personal career choices long before they start their job hunt. This process can help them highlight which positions they’d like to pursue to start their professional career.

Employers who join CampusCT will be able to highlight their company’s offerings to a pool of 55,000 students in the Hartford region’s 15 colleges and universities. Pricing per year is $5,000 for employers with 250 or more employees, $1,500 for small businesses with under 250 employees, and $500 for nonprofits.

Companies that want to participate can write to

Retaining young professionals has become a more important goal for Connecticut state agencies recently. CTNext’s Governor’s Innovation Fellowship, which completed a successful pilot program in Stamford earlier this year, will expand statewide. The state has also created, a campaign promoting personal narratives aimed at highlighting the benefits of living and working in Connecticut as a young professional.

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