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Job Corps Students to Visit Labor Department for Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Young people from Hartford, New Haven, and Westover Job Corps will join DOL employees during annual event at agency’s Central Office

For immediate release
January 29, 2010

WETHERSFIELD – Like Punxsutawney Phil -- the Pennsylvania groundhog who makes his yearly appearance to deliver his verdict about spring’s proximity -- Connecticut Department of Labor employees and students from the Harford and New Haven Job Corps have a Feb. 2 tradition, too.   

As has become their custom, the two groups get together at the agency’s Wethersfield Central Office each Groundhog Day, or as it is now also designated, “Groundhog Job Shadow Day,” to talk about career options the young people might want to consider, and to discuss ways that Labor Department employees can assist.  The students also pair up with Labor Department mentors and “shadow” them for the day to observe how the classroom skills they are learning can be applied in the real world.  

A total of 25 students from the Hartford Job Corps Academy and New Haven Job Corps Center – as well as the Westover Job Corps in Chicopee, MA, will be visiting the Labor Department next Tuesday to take part in Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2010, according to Christine Flammia who is the coordinator of the event.  

“Connecticut Department of Labor and Job Corps have been getting together for this annual event for 10 years now;” she explains. “It’s always a positive event for both parties, as well as a valuable learning experience for the students.”  

A no-cost education and vocational training program aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 24, Job Corps is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor, and has been training young adults for meaningful careers since 1964. Its purpose is to assist the young people in getting better jobs, making more money, and taking control of their lives. The majority of the students, according to Flammia, live on campus, while the others are day students. Students enroll to learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED, and to receive help finding a good job. While at Job Corps, students are paid a monthly allowance; the longer they stay with the program, the more their allowance increases. Job Corps also provides career counseling and transition support to its students for up to 12 months following graduation from the program. 

Each of Connecticut’s Job Corps Centers serves approximately 200 students, and  approximately 75 percent of the student population are residential.  All three centers offer day care for children who commute.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535


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