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Colleges help drive urban revival, but town-gown relationships can be fraught

By , CT Mirror | October 11, 2019

New Haven was stumbling and struggling in the 1980s and early 1990s. Downtown was moribund, litter-strewn and dangerous — a Yale student (among others) was killed on the street in 1991. Yale alumni started checking in from around the country, telling school officials that the negative image of the city was discouraging applications. The university…

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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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New Haven job training program possible model for other cities

By , Hearst Connecticut Media | October 6, 2019

NEW HAVEN — Since 2012, ConnCAT has provided free vocational training in medical billing and coding, phlebotomy and culinary arts fields that have job openings, aided by the relationships the organization has built with employers. On the medical end, that is Yale New Haven Hospital, the second largest workplace in the city, which will need…

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Can New Haven neighborhoods share in downtown’s prosperity?

By , Hearst Connecticut Media | October 6, 2019

New Haven — Acuity Brands, with its wraparound view of the city from its 15th-floor home at the Century Tower Building, an engineering staff that is pulling in local talent, and its workers’ appreciation of the lifestyle amenities downtown, is a marketing dream for the city. “We love it here,” said Frank Pelliccio, senior design…

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