Many Connecticut adults and young people are struggling to find good jobs because they do not have the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills employers are looking for. At the same time, Connecticut's high-tech employers need a skilled workforce ready to meet the demands of the 21st century global economy.
CT STEM Jobs is a project of the Connecticut Workforce Development Council (the association formed by the state's five Workforce Investment Boards) and was funded by the US Department of Labor from 2009 until June 2012. CT STEM Jobs focused on preparing prospective employees for new careers in STEM-related fields such as advanced manufacturing, engineering, information technology, and energy.
Students and Jobseekers - Contact your nearest CTWorks One Stop Career Center for no-cost career counseling, job search assistance and training referrals, including information on how to prepare for and get a job in a STEM field. Several One Stop Career Centers offer workshops to introduce jobseekers to careers in STEM fields. For example, the four One Stop Career Centers in Eastern Connecticut offer a Breaking Into the High-Tech Workforce Workshop.
Several Connecticut Workforce Investment Boards offer On-the-Job Training (OJT) incentives to employers in STEM-related industries. For example, the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board Technical Skills Training Initiative provides 50%-75% salary reimbursement for STEM companies that hire and train new employees through OJT.
Project Partners Include:
- > Eastern Workforce Investment Board (East)
- > Capital Workforce Partners (North Central)
- > Workforce Alliance (South Central)
- > The WorkPlace, Inc. (Southwest)
- > Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board (Northwest)
- > CT Department of Labor
- > CT Community Colleges
- > CT Adult Education Providers
- > CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
- > CT Business and Industry Association (CBIA)
- > CBIA Education Foundation
- > CT Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT)
- > CT Economic Resource Center (CERC)
- > Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC)
- > CT Alliance of Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs)
- > Metrix Learning
- > Cross Sector Consulting
- > CT Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)
CT STEM Jobs Documents: