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January 2021
Dress for Success Wins New Grant
Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County (DFSMFC) was recently awarded a grant from Key Bank to create and distribute Boutique Boxes for female job seekers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DFSMFC had to close its doors to the public and has been unable to serve women in-person for suiting or personal development workshops. They have transitioned their workshops onto Zoom and will now be assisting female job seekers for suitings virtually. Staff will meet job seekers over video chat to understand their style, clothing needs, and sizes. Staff will then prepare clothing boxes and distribute them by appointment to customers in Bridgeport and New Haven. The boxes will include clothing, accessories, hand sanitizer and masks, and resources from both DFSMFC and Key Bank. The boutique boxes will allow DFSMFC to safely provide professional attire to the women. For more information, please contact DFSMFC at (203) 416-8407 or midfairfieldcounty@dressforsuccess.org.
ApprenticeshipWorks Recruiting Young Adults
The WorkPlace's ApprenticeshipWorks program is now recruiting young adults, age 16-24, for occupational skills training that will lead to apprenticeships and jobs in the manufacturing sector. The program includes professional skills workshops, career awareness education, and an 8-week CNC Machining course provided by Housatonic Community College. Participants will learn basic manufacturing skills and earn the CNC Machining Level 1 Credential. Supportive services including transportation and childcare assistance are available to help ensure success in the program. Individuals interested in ApprenticeshipWorks can fill out an application on our website.

ApprenticeshipWorks is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. 
Success Story - CareerHub
Shakerra co-enrolled in the CareerHub and Center 180 in February of 2020, looking to upgrade her skills and find employment. She immediately began working with a workforce specialist at Center 180 to improve her resume, apply for jobs, and complete the 10-day job readiness training class. Shakerra acquired her customer Service and Sales credential through the National Retail Federation.

After completing the certification, Shakerra enrolled in YouthBuild Bridgeport's 6-month construction training program, where she earned her OSHA 30 certification in December. While in YouthBuild, she was actively applying for employment and is currently completing an internship with Aster Florist in Milford, CT. At the florist, she has been able to use the skills she learned from her customer service and sales training. She is doing such a great job that the florist is considering hiring her after the internship ends. Shakerra has faced and is still facing many challenges but is working to overcome them all. She recently made a significant change and moved out on her own. She hopes to continue working at the florist full time while she obtains all credentials needed to secure a job in construction.

YouthBuild is recruiting now for a class starting mid-February. For more information contact Carmen Nieves. 
Health CareeRx Academy Recent Placements
Since transitioning operations to a virtual platform, the Health CareeRx Academy has been busy working with participants to secure training and employment opportunities. Since December, they have helped 17 participants secure employment in healthcare. Recent job placements in January include:  

  • Certified Nursing Assistant with CareFinders Total Care and Yale Hospital 
  • Sterile Processor with Yale New Haven Health  
  • COVID Tester & Clinical Assistant with Norwalk Community Health Center 
  • Radiology Technologist with the Orthopedic Specialty Group in Fairfield 
 
The Health CareeRx Academy offers multiple different career pathways for people interested in a career in health care. All training by the Health CareeRx Academy leads to a certificate or degree and prepares individuals to pass state or national licensing exams. Want more information? Click here to sign up for a virtual information session. 
Listen to the latest episode of the Whistle Post Podcast
The Whistle Post podcast explores the world of workforce and community development with the people who are making it happen. The latest episode features a conversation with Earl Bloodworth, Director of the Mayor’s Initiative for Re-Entry Affairs for the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Terri Williams, Vice President, Re-Entry Programs at The WorkPlace. Listen as they discuss the issues that people face when re-entering society after incarceration. Re-Entry is complex, as a criminal conviction limits employment prospects, public housing assistance, and social services. Listen now on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Music, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 
American Job Centers Are Open Virtually
The Bridgeport American Job Centers (AJC) and affiliate locations remain closed to the public, but services are still available virtually. Staff at the AJC’s can assist job seekers with employment and training related services such as resume writing, job search strategies, career counseling, interview prep, and more. The AJC also offers services for employers who are looking to strengthen their workforce. The AJC can help businesses recruit and screen qualified applicants and match them with potential employees. Let us assist you, click here to schedule your appointment now.
Upcoming Virtual Events
CareerHub Virtual Information Session
Every Monday 10 am-11 am via Zoom

Health Career Academy Virtual Information Session
Every Tuesday 10:30 am-12 pm via Zoom
Every Thursday 2 pm-3:30 pm via Zoom

Visit www.workplace.org/calendar for registration information