Workforce Development Conversations - Career Pathways

The Bridgeport Regional Business Council (BRBC) and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation (FCCF), with support from Bank of America, will be co-hosting the virtual series “Breaking Down Connecticut’s Workforce Development Challenges & Opportunities”, kicking off Thursday, April 8 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

The first event will focus on Career Pathways and feature keynote speaker Kelli-Marie Vallieres, Executive Director of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of Workforce Strategy and Vice President of the Governor’s Workforce Council. A panel discussion will follow with representatives from Career Resources, Connecticut Department of Labor, Housatonic Community College, and The WorkPlace. This event is free, open to the public, and will contain a question and answer portion. Attendees can preregister online at BRBC.org.

“When individuals have access to the right tools and resources for advancing economic mobility, our communities are even better suited for responsible, sustainable growth,” said Bill Tommins, President of Bank America Southern Connecticut. “In the past year, workforce development programs and partnerships have been vital in supporting residents disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus. Bank of America’s collaboration with longstanding partners Bridgeport Regional Business Council and Fairfield County’s Community Foundation will help drive work aligned to local employer hiring needs and put our residents on a path to economic success.”

This series intends to dig into the themes of how the changing workforce impacts our economic future and quality of life, the role equity and equality play in access to opportunities, and how our region’s employees, employers,  state, and local agencies are responding. Additional conversations are scheduled for May and June and will focus on the topics of Education and the Talent Pipeline in grades K-12 and Industry Impact, respectfully.



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