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Video: Does training lead to jobs and careers?

By | October 6, 2019

Omar Downer worked his way up from per diem to four overnight shifts as a hospital phlebotomist. He loves what he does. For Stacie Tavaras, phlebotomy was a stepping stone to steady full-time work as a nurse. Their stories reveal the need to create better pathways from training to full-time employment and careers in the…

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Video: ConnCat Training

By | October 6, 2019

Stacie Tavaras had a CNA and an LPN but couldn’t get a nursing job. The demand for Omar Downer’s electronics skills had dried up. Six years ago, they enrolled at ConnCAT. Part one of their story explores how Intensive, hands-on training creates opportunity for jobs with a future. Part two reveals where they are now…

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Commentary: More than housing policy is behind decline of Connecticut’s cities

By , Republican American | September 28, 2019

Last year’s Republican nominee for governor, Bob Stefanowski, stopped into a supermarket in New Haven this week, leading a posse of four clergymen and the Republican candidate for mayor in West Haven, hoping to score political points by criticizing the grocery tax mess made by the Lamont administration. Instead, as the New Haven Register reported,…

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Focus group: Bridgeport needs to play up its assets

By , Hearst Connecticut Media | August 16, 2019

Dan Pflug doesn’t visit Bridgeport much, but when he passes over the city on Interstate 95, its abandoned buildings strike him as a missed opportunity. The Easton resident said adding amenities, such as more housing — and maybe even bike trails that people could use to commute to the train station — could help. “I…

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Video: Train as Valuable Resource

By | August 16, 2019

Residents of Bridgeport, Stratford and Easton who participated in the focus group see the city’s train line as a valuable resource. Rebuilding Bridgeport’s train stations could benefit residents of the adjacent neighborhoods, the city and the region.

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