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If you are out of school, out of work, and age 16-24, YouthWorks can help you prepare for a successful career.

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Return to the workforce and start on a pathway to opportunity while realizing your full potential.

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Dress for Success

We empower women to achieve economic independence through a network of support, professional attire, and the tools to help women thrive.

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Prepare for a career in the growing healthcare industry. You may be eligible for occupational skills training and tuition assistance.

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There is an answer to your personal mortgage crisis. Take the first step towards regaining financial stability.

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The WorkPlace has helped so many on their path to employment. Discover how we’ve helped individuals from all different walks of life find success.

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Visit An American Job Center

The WorkPlace wants returning service members know that they can visit any American Job Center in the U.S. for personalized career and job training assistance as they transition to civilian life.
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WorkPlace Valor programs provide veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance to acquire stable housing through established community relationships. The integrated planning that occurs at The WorkPlace puts the client at the center of the process and helps veterans find the services to address their specific needs. We have seen that with safe, stable housing in place, veterans can get the education and jobs they need to provide for their families.

The WorkPlace’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, assists with housing stability and preventing homelessness among low-income Veteran families who are homeless, currently reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. The program is founded upon the principle that every veteran has a right to housing. The program is founded upon the principle that every veteran has a right to housing. By providing support at a community level, we can end homelessness among the veteran population.


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The Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation has provided generous philanthropic support for many organizations and community causes throughout the region since 1997.

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Ernie Trefz was a well-admired member of the business community with a deep commitment to Bridgeport. The Foundation’s generosity has been mostly targeted toward healthcare, human services, and education. The Foundation has been a contributor to The WorkPlace for over 16 years, mostly notably assisting with the establishment and annual support of the WorkPlace Scholarships fund. Workplace Scholarships fill the “job training gap” to provide job training and education funds for low-income people who require training but cannot access public training funds, nor can they afford to pay for training on their own. These crucial scholarships are made possible by support from foundations and corporations, such as the Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation, helping us serve more people in-need. Thanks to Ernest and Joan Trefz Foundation grants of over $58,000, WorkPlace Scholarships have provided training opportunities to nearly two dozen unemployed people to obtain the skills they require to secure employment, increase earnings, and ultimately, better support their communities and families.


The Fairfield Rotary Club awarded a grant to Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County’s Simply Suited program for the purchase of two Burnside round clothing display racks.
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With the addition of two professional quality racks to the boutique, floor space is more efficiently utilized, donated professional clothing presentation is enhanced, and suiting volunteers may more efficiently assist clients. Also with the display rounds, the 2,000 square foot boutique is able to incorporate in-demand plus size clothing on the same racks as the other sizes. Fairfield Rotary Club members give their time and their talents to raise money in order to help make our community and surrounding communities become better places to live, “Service Above Self is the path.” We thank the Fairfield Rotary Club for their continued involvement and investment in our program, together every woman can be a success.



Notice of Intent to Transfer Public Funds

The WorkPlace seeks to request a transfer of funds received through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from WIOA Dislocated Worker programming to WIOA Adult programming for the current fiscal year. The intent is to transfer $500,000. The purpose of...

Over-50 Workers Need Not Apply

New Haven Biz. By Michael C. Bingham. Workforce development has become an issue of urgency in commercial Connecticut, especially for companies with employment needs they can’t fill. One element of the workforce that is already “developed” is older workers — but...

The WorkPlace Debuts New Mobile Career Center

CT Post. By Jordan Grice. April 24, 2019 The WorkPlace is ready to hit the road with its new mobile career center. Dozens of people joined officials from the Bridgeport-based nonprofit Tuesday as they debuted the new American Job Center Career Coach. The new vehicle...

Celebrating A Second Chance at Long-term Employment

MICHAEL C. BINGHAM, New Haven Biz The WorkPlace held a statewide graduation of its Platform to Employment (P2E) program last Thursday at the State Capitol. Some 45 students from New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford were recognized as graduates of the program, which...

Despite A Good Law, Age Discrimination Is Still Common

The article below appeared in March 24 issue of the Hartford Courant. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. This statute is regulated and enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is generally given...

Confronting the workforce crisis

New Haven Biz. February 26, 2019. MICHAEL C. BINGHAM The shortage of skilled, work-ready employees has reached crisis proportions in Connecticut. And companies are coping with the crisis with new and creative approaches to recruiting, training and retaining the...


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