Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) visited Workforce Alliance in New Haven today to highlight the importance of federal funding for programs that help under- and unemployed workers retrain and find good middle-class jobs. DeLauro led a roundtable discussion with Bill Villano, President and CEO of the Workforce Alliance, as well as individuals currently searching for jobs and some who have used the Alliance's resources to successfully find new jobs. If the cuts and consolidations proposed under Congressman Paul Ryan's budget were to go into effect, the Workforce Alliance could lose millions in federal dollars, limiting opportunities for Connecticut to create and sustain a high-skilled workforce.
"At a time when jobs are harder to find than ever, we need efficient workforce development and job training services to help citizens to get back on their feet," DeLauro said. "They are part of a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to put America back to work. People are using them, and they have shown proven results. Over half of the people seeking help -- 4.7 million Americans nationwide -- have found jobs with the help of these services.
"But the Federal budget unfortunately has not kept up with the scale of need. And the Ryan budget would make things dramatically worse. It could slash job training programs by 19% over the next 10 years, while restructuring the programs so that thousands of people would lose access to Workforce Alliance's critical services. We know cuts would weaken an already struggling economy. No investment is more critical than investment in our human capital, and workforce investment programs are the essence of good government."
Villano said: "Given the current unemployment situation in Connecticut, which has increased in recent months, this would be the worst time to cut resources for programs that put people back to work"
Workforce Alliance, which also has locations in Hamden and Meriden, is a One Stop resource for education, training, and employment opportunities, with services offered at no cost. Job hunters can use the computer lab to search for employment and print resumes, attend workshops to develop their skills, get career counseling, and work on job development.