WATERBURY — The Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board is set to receive a $4 million federal grant to support workforce training throughout Connecticut.
Members of the state’s Congressional delegation made the announcement late last week.
The support, provided by the Department of Labor, will go toward the agency’s ITXpress Program, which provides training and support services for 400 people to help connect them with IT jobs.
Customized for each participant, the program may include “boot camp” training, internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, transportation and childcare assistance, as well as follow-up support, to help participants secure employment in the industry.
Legislators sent a letter in March in support of the program’s grant application and urged backing from the labor department.
“By boosting the innovative ITXpress Program, this support will help people across Connecticut secure high-tech, high-paying jobs,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. “From hands-on apprenticeships to childcare assistance, this individually customized program will ensure its hardworking participants have the support they need to get ahead.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy agreed, noting that jobs such as computer programming and software development are on the rise.
“I can’t wait to see this $4 million grant help 400 Connecticut residents get the training and skills they need to succeed in this growing field,” said Murphy.
The grant is part of $150 million in Department of Labor grants announced recently by the White House in support of 39 partnerships across the country. With these funds, awardees will launch training and placement models to develop tech talent, as a way to keep and create jobs in local economies, said U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
In addition to federal funding, grantees are leveraging nearly $50 million in philanthropic, private and other funding to contribute to their own local partnerships.
“The workforce training programs supported by this grant will help folks across Connecticut break into the high-tech, 21st-century careers,” Esty said. “That’s a win for hardworking families and a win for our state’s small businesses, who will benefit from a better-trained and more diverse pool of talented workers.”