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Lamont: Connecticut Community Colleges Need Better Workforce Programs

Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont
Brian Scott-Smith
Conn. Gov. Ned Lamont

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has announced a new plan for workforce development. It calls for the state’s community college system to develop certification programs tailored to the needs of local manufacturers and businesses.

Lamont said Connecticut’s two-year colleges should expand their curriculum to include quick turnaround technical programs that would help workers in the state keep up with the rapidly changing skills required by business.

“Our next opportunity is to get the business community more involved in our community colleges so we can come up with those 16, 18, 24 week programs that meet their needs. And they can help provide some of the training as well,” Lamont said.

Lamont’s plan also calls for the state to provide a support system including child care to help students and job seekers stay in the workforce. He says the pandemic has highlighted the need for that.

The plan was created by an advisory group set up by Lamont called the Governor’s Workforce Council.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.