The Whistle Post
Ensuring that nonprofits and their partners are well positioned to meet the needs of communities is a complex challenge. This is the Whistle Post, a podcast covering the world of workforce and community development with the people who are making it happen. Join us as we explore industry crossroads, milestones and the critical work of leaders and those on the front-lines of issues impacting our communities. If you seek to maximize the impact of a non-profit or community organization, or just want to hear some great advice, this podcast is for you.

Listen to conversations covering the world of workforce and community development with the people who are making it happen. We will sit down with industry leaders and staff on the front lines of initiatives that are making a difference in people’s lives.

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Cannabis Conversation With Grown In

February 17 2021 – Connecticut was the 19th state to legalize adult recreational cannabis in 2021. As roots of this new industry take hold, a number of questions arise concerning the future workforce needed to support employers. In this episode, Eric Davis, Chief Learning Officer of Grown In shares his thoughts regarding skills training and the cannabis industry.  As a founder of four companies and executive leader of seven, Eric brings people together and empowers them to drive the organization’s next generation of leadership and service. He is skilled at helping individuals and organizations identify their goals, co-create a shared vision, and build sustainable systems to achieve them.

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Point of Progress: Hampton Road…

December 8 2021 – The Hampton Roads Workforce Council oversees the workforce system in southeast Virginia. They provide strategic workforce development solutions designed to assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in search of suitable job openings and training opportunities to bolster their earning potential. Over the past 2 years the Hampton Roads Workforce Council has expanded services for veterans, entered the offshore wind industry and completed a merger to enhance operations.

In this conversation, Shawn Avery, President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Workforce Council provides perspective on recent achievements and talks about what is ahead for his organization.

For more information about this organization visit theworkforcecouncil.org

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Norwalk Acts: Working Together, Everything is Achievable

October 15 2021 – Norwalk Acts is transforming their community by building partnership infrastructure and capacity, convening qualified and committed cross-sector community teams, and collecting data so that the membership can deliver on its mission.  It is a catalyst for systems change, aligning collective work to ensure success for all in the community. This episode catches up with Jesse Buccolo and Denique Weidema-Lewis of Norwalk Acts to hear about what the organization has been up to and plans for the coming year.

For more information about this organization visit norwalkacts.org

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Housing During The Recovery

June 11 2021 – As the nation recovers from the pandemic, the housing market has been a great opportunity for some, while others struggle to keep a roof over their heads. In this episode, we hear from David Lavery, Staff Attorney with the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. David joined the Center in 2016 and litigates fair lending, fair housing, and foreclosure cases. His focus is on identifying and investigating discriminatory lending and housing patterns using quantitative and qualitative data.

David helps sort through changes taking place in the housing market and highlights programs that are available to help families stay in their homes while they work with their lenders. For more information about the Connecticut Fair Housing Center visit www.ctfairhousing.org or to speak with a staff member call (860) 247-4400.

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Supporting Small Businesses

March 9 2021 – Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are a little-known asset available to entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established small businesses. They’re designed specifically to help small businesses with all kinds of business-related activities, including guiding with marketing and financing. This resource can be a huge help to people who are just starting, or too small business owners looking to expand.

In this episode, Valeria Bisceglia of Connecticut’s SBDC provides an overview of the diverse services made available to entrepreneurs and small businesses.  For more information about the SBDC and how to reach a business advisor, visit ctsbdc.com

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Confronting Re-Entry Challenges

January 13 2021 – Each year hundreds of thousands of individuals are released from prison across the country and according to the Department of Justice, 45% of former prisoners were arrested within one year of release and 68% within three years. Frequently, men and women released from correctional facilities are inadequately prepared for the challenges before them. Re-Entry is complex, as a criminal conviction limits employment prospects, public housing assistance, and social services. They need to attach to supports and resources which will help assure their success in rejoining society.

This conversation covers topics that are essential to understanding the needs of people re-entering society. Listen to Earl Bloodworth, Director of the Mayor’s Initiative for Re-Entry Affairs for the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Terri Williams, Vice President, Re-Entry Programs at The WorkPlace. Their organizations are fostering support for returning citizens by providing access to valuable resources, and networks of holistic support. For more information visit: workplace.org/p2e/ and ctreentry.org/

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Workforce Development Response to COVID-19 with CSS Workforce New York

November 24 2020 – CSS Workforce NY is a not-for-profit organization in upstate NY that is dedicated to assisting individuals with advancing their careers while providing businesses with the talent they need to succeed. All of their services are available to businesses and job seekers of all ages at no cost.

Without much warning, COVID-19 dramatically altered the way CSS Workforce NY approached their work and supported their customers. In many ways, the changes maybe for the better. In this episode, we sit down with Dan Porter, Executive Director, of CSS Workforce NY to hear about the transition and what lies ahead. csswfny.com @CSSWorkforceNY

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Long-term Unemployment, A Reality For Many

September 30 2020 – Most everyone knows someone who became unemployed at some point during their career. However, not everyone easily finds their way back to a work. When you are out of work, you can face many different types of barriers to landing a new job.  Some need to develop new skills, while others have to overcome bias regarding their time out of work.

Job loss created by COVID-19 has steadily increased the number of people experiencing long-term unemployment. In this episode, we meet three people who share their experience with unemployment and job search. We also uncover Platform to Employment, a program that is helping put the long-term unemployed back to work.

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MaturityWorks: Keeping Talent In The Workforce

July 7 2020 – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2024 — just few years from now — 13 million people age 65 and older will still be working. These older workers will constitute the fastest-growing segment of the workforce. Older workers are a valuable part of any organization and as many companies struggle to find experienced, qualified workers, older individuals are available and willing to fill those gaps.

In this episode we hear from Gloria Hailey of MaturityWorks, a program that helps people, increase their job skills through paid community service in local non-profit organizations. During the MaturityWorks experience, participants, build self-confidence, earn a modest income. and frequently find permanent employment. For more information on MaturityWorks visit, www.workplace.org/maturityworks

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Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County

June 2020 – We are speaking with Sarah Lewis and exploring why Dress for Success is about so much more than a suit. Sarah is the Director of Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County which helps disadvantaged women achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. To learn more about Dress for Success Mid-Fairfield County visit https://midfairfieldcounty.dressforsuccess.org/ or on Facebook @DressForSuccessMidFairfieldCounty

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The American Job Center Network

April 2020 – American Job Centers (AJC) are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers and employers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act and reauthorized in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2014. The centers offer access to job training, career counseling, job listings, and can help employers with recruiting skilled talent and maintaining their workforce. Customers can visit one of over 2,000 centers across the country in person or connect online. Nestor Leon, VP of Operations for The WorkPlace provides insights into these services and innovations that can be found in an AJC.

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Jim Oliviera MassHire Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board

March 2020 – Jim Oliviera heads up the workforce system in New Bedford, MA. In this conversation he discusses the partnership that have helped his system flourish, changing demographics of the region and emerging industries

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Joe Carbone – Leading Non-Profit Growth

March 2020 – Join Tom Long as he sits down with Joe Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace to explore his vision on growing a local non-profit into a nationally recognized leader in creating innovative workforce programs.

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