The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has announced nine grants totaling nearly $4 million as part of a new career and job-building initiative.
Awarded through the foundation's Career Pathways Initiative, the grants will support individual career pathway program collaborations; opportunities for providers to meet regularly to discuss challenges and ways to more effectively do this work; and the implementation of an integrated regional career pathways system model. The initiative will focus on low-literacy and -skilled residents of the Connecticut capital region, including single parents, at-risk youth, immigrants, homeless heads of household, former offenders, and others who need a broad range of coordinated services to be successful. MoveUP!, the region's adult literacy partnership, will provide technical assistance to participating organizations.
Grant recipients include the Capitol Region Education Council, which will provide contextualized learning in the medical office assistant field to English-language learners; Goodwin College, which will pilot a manufacturing career pathways program that combines contextualized learning, credentials in manufacturing, financial aid, support services, job placement, and supportive employment; Journey Home, which will expand an existing program that provides pre- and post-employment training, collaborative mentoring, and help in obtaining stackable industry-recognized credentials in manufacturing; and Our Piece of the Pie, which will pilot a degree-earning program in partnership with its OPPortunity Academy and College for America.
"The Career Pathways Initiative is a strategic approach to a serious community problem," said HFPG president Linda J. Kelly. "It requires partnerships among adult literacy, community college, workforce development and employment sectors to develop realistic and attainable career pathways leading to jobs for residents facing the most formidable barriers to success."