Training to Work provides employment and training services for adults who reside in work-release programs in Bridgeport and New Haven.

Eligibility: Candidates must be 18 or older and reside in a work release program at the time of enrollment and be within 9 months of release. Candidates must have been convicted as an adult and imprisoned under federal or state law but never convicted of a sexual offense. Male candidates are required to register with Selective Service prior to enrollment.

Services include:

  • Creating an Individual Career Plan (ICP) based on an in-demand career pathway.
  • Education interventions including basic skills instruction (ABE/GED), remedial education, tutoring credit retrieval / compilation of credits, language instruction for those with limited English proficiency.
  • Vocational skills training that leads to industry-recognized credentials.
  • Training in soft skills to support success in the workplace.
  • Life and career coaching.
  • Linking participants to support services, including assistance with transportation, housing, mental health, legal aid, substance abuse treatment and family reunification.
  • Job placement and assistance including strategies for upward mobility on a career pathway.
  • Paid and unpaid work experiences including community service activities.
  • Assistance with Certificate of Employability completion and submission.
  • Nine months’ follow up after employment placement or training.

Training to Work is a WorkPlace Opportunity and is funded 100% through a $1,359,846 grant provided by the U.S. Department of Labor. Training to Work does not receive financial support from non-governmental sources.  It is an equal opportunity program and auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Candidates or service providers should call the Workforce Specialist in their region for additional information.

Contact Information

Don Robinson
Workforce Specialist
New Haven Office
458 Grand Avenue, Suite 110
New Haven, CT 06513
(203) 821-7044
drobinson@workplace.org

Alfy Roby
Workforce Specialist
Bridgeport Office
240 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 610-8586
aroby@workplace.org