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Connecticut’s Reemployment Portal Earns Labor Department Employees Nationwide Recognition
New Web site is honored as a “state winner” by
Workforce Information Council

For immediate release
August 4, 2010


WETHERSFIELD, A new online Web site known as Connecticut’s Reemployment Portal has earned employees in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Research honors in the
Electronic

Tools category of a Workforce Information Council-sponsored contest. The national organization, which oversees the development of labor market information practices for LMI-related agencies, awarded the program “state winner” designation at a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics LMI Directors conference held in Minneapolis.

“Our new Web site, according to the positive response we have been receiving, is proving itself to be a welcome tool among jobseekers,” explains Andrew Condon, Director of the Office of Research, who accepted the award at the event. “Bringing together a number of employment-related resources, Connecticut’s Reemployment Portal  addresses the daunting task of finding a job in one of the most challenging economies our state has ever experienced.”  

Condon credits the following co-workers with developing the site: Mark Stankiewicz, (now assigned to the agency’s WIA Administration, but at the time of the awards submission an Operations Coordinator in the Office of Research); Nestor Velez, Todd Bentsen and Roger Therrien, the unit’s former director. 

Connecticut’s Reemployment Portal provides users with the ability to look for available jobs in their chosen occupation, or to search for employers who might hire individuals with their skills,” Condon adds. “The site also helps expand a jobseeker’s search by identifying other occupations with similar characteristics to the position they are seeking based on that individual’s common knowledge areas, tools, technology, and general work activities. In addition, visitors will find the wage rates and long-term outlooks for employment opportunities in each occupation.”  

“Our goal was not only to create a direct, easy-to-navigate resource that provides users with the ability to immediately look at available jobs in their chosen occupation,” Stankiewicz points out. “It also directs job seekers to other comprehensive resources available from this agency, and links them to the Office of Research’s Connecticut Job and Career ConneCTion and the Education and Training ConneCTion, each of which also help users explore careers and find education and training in additional ways.” 

Located as a link off the agency’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Web site, Connecticut’s Reemployment Portal can be found under “Other Products.”  It can also be accessed directly by using the following address: www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/Ctrep. 

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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