Workforce development is considered one of the key contributors in maintaining a town’s economic competitiveness. A well-trained workforce is able to meet the ever-changing demands of businesses and plays a strong role in business retention.
To meet the goals set by Hamden's Economic Development Plan, the Town has taken ambitious steps to promote workforce readiness and development, essential elements in creating a vibrant, thriving community.
Major Workforce Development Partners & Programs Include:
The Hamden Economic Development Corporation’s (HEDC) Deconstruction Job Training Program
The Deconstruction Job Training Program, which offered training to unemployed individuals from the Hamden community in deconstruction and recycling. The program provided tuition for classroom learning at Gateway Community College’s Center for a Sustainable Future Program, as well as a field laboratory and a paid, livable wage, job training opportunity to those who enrolled in the program. After completion of the training, students continued to work on the deconstruction of houses in the Newhall Neighborhood.
Phone: (203) 287-7030
The CT DOL offers services for those who are unemployed, for those who are looking for a new job and also for employers. They offer career counseling and matching, resume critiques, job referrals, specialized workshops, veterans job services, development of interviewing skills and many more services. The CT Department of Labor also works with area businesses to facilitate the labor exchange by providing information and resources on employment and training.
Workforce Alliance helps to create a community-wide response to the issue of creating a highly skilled workforce. They coordinate and administer various employment and training initiatives and have prepared thousands of people for jobs. Services they offer include workshops, programs for ex-offenders, career counseling, and training.
Chris Reardon, Vice-President of Strategic Development and Business Services
William Villano, Executive Director
Address: 560 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard, New Haven, CT 06519
Phone: (203) 867-4030
ACES, a leader and innovator in education, empowers students, member districts, and clients to meet educational and life challenges in the changing global environment by providing collaborative, customized, cost effective solutions to meet identified needs of our educational community. As a regional educational service center, ACES develops solutions to member school districts most pressing needs. ACES meets the needs of its member districts by acting as both a local education agency (LEA) and as a regional educational service center (RESC).
Eugene Crocco, Work Service Coordinator
Address: 261 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: (203) 281-3577
CT Technology Council
The mission of the Connecticut Technology Council is to spark innovation, cultivate tech talent, foster business growth, advocate for industry-beneficial law and policy, expand the scope of industry networking and professional development, and celebrate industry achievements in the state. Our vision is to support and promote Connecticut’s tech ecosystem so as to lead as a national model. Connecticut’s technology ecosystem seeks to serve by providing leadership, support, mentoring, and advocacy to companies across every industry and at every stage of growth.
Taylor Van Antwerp
Address: 222 Pitkin Street, Suite 113, East Hartford, CT 06108
Phone: (860) 289-0878
Fax: (860) 282-4974
Adult and Early Childhood Education
LuAnn Gallicchio, Director, Adult and Early Childhood Education
Hamden Public Schools
Phone: (203) 407-2028
Associates for Training and Development (A4TD)
A4TD mission is to assist mature workers to become the best-qualified candidate for jobs consistent with their interests and abilities Need to change stereotype of how public views seniors.
Whitneyville Cultural Commons
Address: 1253 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 314-1885
REX Regional Economic Xcelleration
Barbara Malmberg, Director of Marketing
Address: 545 Long Wharf Drive, 4th Floor, New Haven, CT 06511
Business Image Counts
A full-service public relations and management training company, Business Image Counts specializes in enhancing business professionals through seminars and individual coaching. Business Image Counts believes that your business deserves originality, creativity and attention. Each seminar is customized to your company's needs with plenty of interactive participation and feedback. The results-oriented training offers two-hour, half- and full-day seminars.
Easter Seals provides workforce development services to people with disabilities, helping them to find and maintain employment. They provide assistance with technology, job skills and interest and job placement. They also specifically help with veterans who have disabilities and run programs for both veterans and potential employers to optimize job employment.
Easter Seals Goodwill Industries
Address: 432 Washington Avenue, North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: (203) 777-2000
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