U.S. Labor Secretary Visits Campus; Capital Gets $1.3 Million for Health Training
U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis came to
Capital Community College (CCC) in
September to participate in a forum on the
Latino workforce that included Mayor Pedro E.
Segarra ('77), faculty, students and
Solis led a discussion that focused on
employment issues for Latinos amid
persistently high levels of unemployment that
Mayor Segarra estimated at 17 percent in the
The Latino forum was organized as Solis
visited Connecticut to announce a $12 million
Department of Labor consortium grant for The
Health and Life-Sciences Career Initiative.
The initiative, which will provide $1.3 million
for Capital's health professions programs, is
using three evidence-based program strategies to provide certifications, industry-recognized
credentials, and associate degrees to prepare veterans, dis-located and other
underemployed workers for careers in growing health and life sciences occupations. Efforts
will increase the use of online and technology-enabled learning.
The new grant will strengthen and support the development of health and science degree
The grant is funded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career
Training Grants Program at the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Other Connecticut institutions receiving consortium grant funds include Norwalk Community College, Gate-way Community College, Manchester Community College,
Middlesex Community College, Eastern Connecticut State University and Charter Oak State