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Bridgeport Job-Training Program Gets $2.4M In Grants

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Bridgeport-based organization The WorkPlace Inc. announced its received $2.4 million in federal grants to improve opportunities for adults and youths who have been in prison or involved with the criminal justice system to get into the work force.

The WorkPlace is an organization geared toward strengthening and developing the Connecticut work force. The organization will receive a Face Forward grant worth $1.05 million, as well as a Training to Work grant for $1.35 million. The Face Forward program focuses on helping youth in the juvenile justice system attain the skills necessary to acquire good jobs. The Training to Work program is aimed at assisting adult men and women in the state or local work release programs to acquire the skills necessary for in-demand jobs as they re-enter society.

“This is great news for Bridgeport," said Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch in a press release. "As the mayor of our state’s largest city, every single day I see people who are suffering after serving their time due to a failure to set them up for success when re-entering our community. That’s why I’ve fought hard to remedy this problem.

“To be clear, I believe people must be punished for the crimes they commit, including those convicted of drug use or possession. But after serving time, I believe we need to ensure that we’re setting people up for success when re-entering our community. That means ensuring access to good-paying jobs that help them get back on their feet and live successful lives. And that’s exactly what the WorkPlace Inc. is focused on and what these funds will go toward."

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