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Courtney Announces $1.5 Million in New Federal Funds to Support EWIB Job Training for Low-Income Individuals

June 30, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced the award of $1,500,000 in new federal funding to the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB). The grant funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will enable EWIB to provide low-income individuals in eastern Connecticut, including recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding, with education and job training for occupations in the health care sector—jobs that pay well, and are expected to be in high demand moving forward.


“John Beauregard and the entire team at EWIB have a proven track record of success,” said Congressman Courtney. “The renaissance we’ve witnessed in eastern Connecticut’s manufacturing sector is thanks in no small part to the achievements of EWIB’s Manufacturing Pipeline—they’ve totally transformed our workforce, and their public-private partnership model is being emulated nationwide. This $1.5 million award represents another vote of confidence in EWIB’s ability to keep getting the job done. The new federal dollars will support a program that will not only give thousands of unemployed and under-employed individuals a chance to re-enter the workforce with good jobs, but it will also help our region meet the growing demand for health care professionals that COVID-19 has caused. EWIB’s Manufacturing Pipeline has a more than 90% success rate in placing its graduates in good jobs, and I’m confident they’ll keep doing great work to help folks in eastern Connecticut start the next chapter of their careers as health care professionals.”

 

A federal grant award of $1,500,000 will be awarded to EWIB through the HHS, under the Health Profession Opportunity Grant Program. The program was created to provide education and training to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well, and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. Click here for more information.

 

EWIB has been a pillar in strengthening eastern Connecticut’s labor pool to meet the needs of local manufactures in several sectors, including submarine development. In 2015, Congressman Courtney worked with EWIB to launch its flagship Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI) program via a $6 million Workforce Innovation Fund (WIF) grant through a national competitive procurement by the U.S. Department of Labor. In September 2019, the MPI was received an official Federal Evaluation by an Independent Program Evaluator from the U.S. Department of Labor, who cited the 2nd District job training initiative as having far exceeded its performance goals for job placements and skills training. EWIB’s MPI has been cited as a model for other job training program across the nation and could be a vital tool in rebuilding the nation’s economy and job market post COVID-19.

 

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