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“The Greening of the Workforce” Discussed at CT Learns & Works Conference

For immediate release
May 5, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, “Going Green,” a lifestyle that environmentalists tell us we must adopt now to preserve our natural resources for the future, will be just one of the topics to be discussed at the 15th annual Connecticut Learns and Works Conference sponsored to be held this Friday.

“An increasing number of businesses in this state and nation are embracing best “green” business practices into their workforce, especially since “green” jobs are expected to continue to grow in this state,” noted State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “Our entire country is becoming increasingly aware of the need to “go green,” and in response to this interest, a team of experts on the subject will tackle this topic and the implications it holds for our future workforce.”

One of the panelists will be Nicholas Jolly, an economist in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Research who recently authored an article, How Green is Connecticut’s Economy? which appeared in the statewide Economic Digest.

Sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor, the State Department of Education, the Connecticut Career Resource Network, the state’s Community College System and the Department of Economic and Community Development, the conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at the Water’s Edge in Westbrook.

Dr. John Krumboltz, a professor of Education and Psychology at Stanford University, will begin the educational conference  with a keynote centering on his theory of “happenstance”— the role that unpredictable events play in shaping one’s career choice. Additional workshops will include: Connecticut’s Connect-Ability Initiative; CT’s Marine Science/Aquaculture Careers, Programs and Opportunities; Manufacturing Today – Building Tomorrow’s Workforce; Lights, Camera, Action:  Developing a Trained Workforce for the Motion Picture, Broadcast Television and Digital Media Industries; Empowering, Educating & Providing Students with a Foundation for Success in Health Careers; Integrating 21st Century Skills in the Classroom; and Diversity Competency in Education in the Workplace.

Additional details about the CT Learns and Works Conference can be found online at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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