State Representative Kara Rochelle (D — Ansonia, Derby) is partnering with The WorkPlace President and CEO, Joe Carbone, and Vice President of Business Engagement, Mike Morgan, for a Virtual Forum on Employment Resources on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 3 p.m. via Zoom. People can register for the virtual event by visiting

During the event, attendees will learn about the WorkPlace’s innovative Platform to Employment program, which helps unemployed individuals build their skills and connects them to employment opportunities. The program has helped over 80 percent of participants secure employment.

​“The WorkPlace offers a variety of programs to help people advance their skills and overcome barriers to securing a good-paying job,” Rep. Rochelle said. ​“I am pleased to host this virtual discussion with Joe Carbone and Mike Morgan to highlight the Platform to Employment program and how it can help people who are experiencing long-term unemployment get back to work.“

The program helps prepare long-term unemployed individuals for career opportunities by addressing the skill loss and social and emotional challenges resulting from being out of the workforce.

The Platform to Employment program matches participants with openings at local companies on a trial basis and The WorkPlace funds their salaries. During this period, participating workers can demonstrate their ability to perform the job while the employer evaluates their work.

The Platform to Employment program is offered in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Norwich, and Waterbury.

The WorkPlace serves Southwestern Connecticut and offers a variety of job training and employment support programs for young adults, older workers, veterans, and more.

Residents are encouraged to email their questions in advance of the event to For immediate assistance, residents can call Rep. Rochelle’s office at 860−240−8585 or email her at