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Pitney Bowes Grant Spells Job Training At The WorkPlace In Bridgeport

The WorkPlace President and CEO Joseph M. Carbone addresses a room full of participants.
The WorkPlace President and CEO Joseph M. Carbone addresses a room full of participants. Photo Credit: Melanine Blanco

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The WorkPlace Scholarship program has been awarded by a $20,000 grant by the Pitney Bowes Foundation that will aid in job training for low-income individuals who require job skills training but can't access public training funds.

WorkPlace Scholarships is a privately funded job training program that supplements public training funds. Scholarships help people get the training and skills they need to be successful in the workforce. They work with dislocated workers, low-wage workers, returning veterans, and "out-of-school" youth including the nearly 28,000 unemployed people throughout southwestern Connecticut, as well as individuals with part time or low-wage jobs who don’t otherwise qualify for other job training funds.

With an increasingly competitive employment market, The WorkPlace has enhanced services and training available to participants to better help job seekers find employment. Scholarship recipients receive assistance from Workforce Specialists to complete a customized employment plan which best aligns with existing skills and is relevant to current labor demands. In Southwestern Connecticut, participants frequently pursue training in healthcare, manufacturing and business services industries.

“The WorkPlace has a long history of serving every portion of the community that requires support and training to reenter the workforce,” said Joseph Carbone, President and CEO, The WorkPlace. “Funding for the WorkPlace Scholarships helps us serve more people throughout the region to obtain the training and skills required to secure employment, increase earnings, and ultimately, better support their families.”

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