Inflection Point Newsletter
May 2024
Facing Foreclosure in Connecticut? Get Help Now and Get Back on Track
Facing foreclosure can turn your home from a sanctuary into a source of stress. But there's help available. The Mortgage Crisis Job Training Program (MCJTP) has a new benefit to offer an assistance to homeowners: eligible Connecticut residents may receive up to one month's mortgage payment or other financial assistance to ease the immediate burden.

The MCJTP has been a trusted partner for Connecticut homeowners since 2008. We go beyond just financial relief, empowering borrowers with the tools for long-term stability. Our no-cost program, offered virtually and tailored to your needs, provides comprehensive support: assessing your situation, connecting you with financial counseling, and offering job search assistance.

But that's not all! MCJTP also offers a wide range of training programs across various industries, from IT certifications to property management and small business entrepreneurship. Whether you're a seasoned professional or looking to transition to a new field, we have the resources to help you succeed.

Don't let mortgage woes dictate your future. Take control and fill out the contact form below. A Workforce Specialist will connect with you to discuss your eligibility for financial assistance and explore how MCJTP can equip you for long-term financial security.
Thank You to Supporters of Dress for Success!
Over 150 supporters came together for a night of celebration at Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County's annual "Purse-suit of Success" benefit, sponsored by Avangrid. Guests enjoyed delectable appetizers and refreshing drinks while bidding on items during a silent auction featuring an array of enticing items, including designer purses. 

The evening culminated as Dr. Monette Ferguson was presented with the Denise "Denny" Taft Davidoff Empowerment Award. The event was a success, raising valuable funds to support Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County's critical programs like Simply Suited and the Professional Women's Group, which equip women with the tools and resources they need to achieve economic independence. 
Step Onto a Virtual Job Site: New VR Construction Program
The WorkPlace in partnership with Transfr VR is launching a new virtual reality construction program. This program is perfect for anyone looking to launch a fulfilling career in construction, no prior experience required.

This innovative program uses a hybrid learning approach. Participants will be immersed in virtual reality and step onto a simulated construction site. Through interactive VR exercises, participants will gain hands-on experience with essential skills like workplace safety, identifying and using personal protective equipment, and operating various hand and power tools.

The program culminates with the opportunity to earn three valuable micro-credentials, showcasing your mastery of workplace safety, hand tools, and power tools – a powerful addition to your construction industry resume.

Ready to build your future? Apply using the link below and take the first step towards a rewarding career in construction!
Check out the power of Transfr VR and get an idea of how the VR training works!
CT DOL Services at the AJC 
The CT Department of Labor's Regional American Job Centers (AJCs) are your one-stop shop for career success, offering services at no cost for both job seekers and businesses. Whether you're launching your career or seeking to advance AJCs offer a comprehensive array of services.

Job seekers can take advantage of expert career coaching, personalized job search guidance and workshops for resume writing, cover letters, interview prep and more. AJCs even provide access to career center equipment such as computers and printers to give you the tools needed to succeed. Businesses can also leverage AJCs' expertise to find qualified candidates and connect with the perfect talent for their needs.

All services are available in person and virtually at no cost. Visit your local AJC today and take charge of your career journey! Click the link below to find your local AJC.
Comments Requested on Local Workforce Plan
The WorkPlace is preparing a comprehensive 4-year plan regarding the local workforce system, and we are asking the public for feedback on its design and content. This is part of a larger effort to a strategically align workforce strategy across the state. Visit our website, linked below, to read our plan and provide feedback.
Training Courses Enrolling Now
Searching for career-focused training opportunities? Discover the wide array of upcoming programs offered by The WorkPlace. Participants will benefit from personalized career coaching, guidance in creating impactful resumes and mastering interview techniques, dedicated assistance in job search and placement, and access to additional supportive services tailored to individual needs. Take charge of your career trajectory with The WorkPlace.
 
 
 
 
Patient Care Technician
For individuals with CNA license
Classes begin June 3, 2024

A patient care technician is a health care professional who supports nurses, doctors and other medical staff in caring for patients during hospital stays or other visits. Individuals with CNA licenses are encouraged to sign up for this course and take the next step in their career.

For more information, contact Francheska Beato, 203-373-2134
 
 
 
 
Community Health Worker
Classes begin June 24th, 2024

Community Health Workers are public health outreach professionals that serve as a liaison between the community and the health care and social services system. Training takes place in person at Housatonic Community College.

For more information, contact Francheska Beato, 203-373-2134
 
 
 
 
CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Course
Classes begin August 19, 2024

Information Technology jobs are in demand. Begin your career in the growing IT Industry. Training prepares individuals to start in entry-level IT positions such as an IT technician, help desk specialist, cybersecurity analyst or a web developer. Individuals receive supportive services and job search assistance. View the flyer.

For more information contact Alexandra Langston
Success Stories
MaturityWorks
When Lourdes Bermudez enrolled with MaturityWorks in August 2022, she was eager to reignite her lifelong passion of uplifting others through service and empowerment. A retired teacher, writer, and public speaker from Puerto Rico, Lourdes taught ESL and sponsored children abroad. However, after moving to Connecticut, she needed to upgrade her skills.

Determined to pursue her calling, Lourdes immersed herself in MaturityWorks’ offerings - building her computer abilities, English fluency, interview skills, and resume. Her diligence quickly paid off with a remote position assisting senior citizens for UR Community Care.

For six months, Lourdes worked with center staff to promote services and identify the needs of clients. But when St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store offered her an inventory management role connecting shoppers with perfectly matched treasures, she accepted. The shop allowed her to uplift people of all ages, work with clients, and gain additional customer service skills. After a period of working at the thrip store, Lourdes interviewed for and accepted a new role as a full-time Case Manager at St. Vincent DePaul Shelter. With her new salary and benefits, she can support her husband while helping those struggling with homelessness.
Upcoming Events
Visit workplace.org/calendar for a full list of our events.
Health CareeRx Academy Info Session
Every Tuesday at 10 am and Thursday at 2 pm
Learn about healthcare career pathways.
Community Health Worker Info Session
Wednesdays at 11 am
Learn about community health worker training opportunities.
P2E Re-Entry Info Sessions
Ansonia AJC on Monday, June 3rd, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Norwalk City Hall on Monday, June 10, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
The WorkPlace Waterbury Office on Wednesday, June 12, from 11:00 am-12:00pm
For more information, click here.
The WorkPlace Board of Directors Meeting
Friday, June 21st, 2024, from 8:15 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Tiffany Johnson.
What Our Clients Have To Say

"Platform to Employment threw me a lifeline. The comprehensive program wasn't just about resume tweaks and interview tips but was also about rebuilding my confidence and skillset. The coaches were true partners in my journey. They listened to me about my anxieties, understood my strengths and weaknesses, and tailored an approach that ignited my passion."

Edward Wiessbard, Platform to Employment
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The WorkPlace is an organization of ideas, actions, resources, and initiatives - all designed to strengthen the workforce. We offer positions available from entry level to management positions and have excellent benefits and retirement options.
Your Donation to The WorkPlace Makes An Impact!
You can make a very real impact on the lives of others with a donation to The WorkPlace. Your contribution promotes racial equity and helps provide unemployed people with training to obtain the skills they require to secure employment, increase earnings, and better support diverse communities and families. The WorkPlace is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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