State College System Receives Federal Apprenticeship Funds

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system has received an $8 million federal grant to develop and expand worker apprenticeships in the advanced manufacturing field.

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The department is awarding $184 million in grants to 23 private-public apprenticeship programs nationwide, focusing on the key industry sectors of information technology, advanced manufacturing and health care. CSCU was the only recipient of a grant in Connecticut.

CSCU plans to work with employers to establish apprenticeship programs that will lead to employment and advancement opportunities for the unemployed, underemployed and existing workers. Its private sector partners will also provide $2.8 million in matching funds to help develop the apprenticeships.

Officials plan to build upon existing successful programs in the state and create new models.

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