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Labor Department To Host Young Guests For Annual ‘Take Your Kids To Work’ Day

For immediate release
April 22, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Some very special guests – sons, daughters and grandchildren of Connecticut Labor Department employees – will accompany members of the regular workforce to the job on April 25 during the agency’s annual “Take Your Kids to Work Day" program.

The young people, ages 8 to 12, will participate in a variety of activities, including a workshop detailing possible future careers that they might like to consider. 

Planned activities will include a presentation by a representative from the Connecticut Department of Labor Federal Credit Union, who will talk about the importance of budgeting and saving money. Holly Bernier, a conservation officer with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, will talk about her career and share photos of unique wildlife found in Connecticut, while Gary Mehalik and Joe Speringo, chefs at the New Haven Job Corps, and several students in the school’s culinary arts program, will discuss that field as a possible career option.

Participants will also learn about various career opportunities at the Connecticut Department of Labor. Employees in the agency’s Office of Research, for example, will present a workshop on ‘hot jobs and careers,’ while staff from the Division of Occupational Safety (CONN-OSHA) will illustrate how that unit helps promote a safe work environment in state workplaces.

“At the Connecticut Department of Labor, we always look forward to ‘Take Your Kids to Work Day’ and enjoy welcoming the young people to our agency for this yearly visit,” notes State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield.  “Our mission is to assist jobseekers with their employment and training needs, and this event provides us with an opportunity to help the workforce of the future.”

"Take Your Kids to Work Day" activities are also planned in the agency's workforce offices located in the 14 CTWorks Centers in Bridgeport, Danbury, Danielson, Enfield, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, New London, Norwich, Torrington, Waterbury and Willimantic.  

The “Take Your Kids to Work Day" observance is an outgrowth of the national "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work," and is intended to promote discussion about the competing challenges of work.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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