Norwich Bulletin: The job center’s importance cannot be overstated
The new American Job Center East’s importance to Eastern Connecticut — state officials, including Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, marked its grand opening two days ago — cannot be overstated.
The full-service center is one of only five of its kind in the state and will include various services and specialists for jobseekers — even a self-service center with computers, Internet service, research material and phones.
For the employers who are trying to fill the increasing number of manufacturing jobs being created in this region and throughout the state, American Job Center East is a way to grow the state’s workforce.
John Beauregard, the president and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB), points to the Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI) as an example of why the American Job Center East model works.
The pipeline initiative is a workforce development program created and managed by the EWIB, along with 27 other state and regional stakeholders that include employers, colleges, high schools and technical schools and organized labor.
It’s designed to raise the baseline of the state’s labor force’s competencies to align with skills that are in-demand by manufacturers.