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.
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.
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.
Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535