Career Connections: Community Resources

Information for Our Business, Industry, and Community Partners

Westbrook Students Have Big Dreams.  Can You Help?

Students can make their dreams come true in many ways.  Access to engaging, quality teaching and learning is certainly important.  Career Connections experiences help students see how high school coursework is relevant to their future careers, whether they enter a career directly from high school or after college or other post secondary training.  Westbrook High School invites industry, business and community partners to support students as we work to build the talent pipeline and prepare students for their futures.  

Career Connections activities enhance student learning through a continuum, including industry and career awareness, career exploration and career training/lifelong learning.  These activities help students develop a realistic vision and plan for their future careers and, most importantly, connect what they are learning in high school to future careers.  Of course, the benefit for our community partners is a more talented and prepared workforce.  

We invite you to take a look at the Resources for our Community Partners below where you will find additional information about Career Connections.  You will find:

  • Westbrook High School Career Connections Framework:  An overview of the Career Connections initiative which guides planning and implementation of student and teacher activities
  • Can You Help?:  A proposal for partners interested in assisting with Career Connections activities (describes Career Connections activities planned for the 2019-20 school year)
  • Mentor Guide:  A guide for hosting a student intern  *New*
  • Employer Application for Internship Site:  Required by CT Departments of Labor and Education for all unpaid student internships
  • Career Connections Guide for Teachers:  Ideas for implementing Career Connections within the classroom

Leslie Carson, Career/College Readiness Coordinator, serves as the liaison between community and the school and coordinates all Career Connections activities.  She can be reached by email at lcarson@westbrookctschools.org or by phone at 860-399-6214.   

Career Connections for Our Community

From time to time, the school's Career/College Readiness Coordinator will discover Career Connections experiences that may be valuable to members of the Town of Westbrook community.  These opportunities will be described here with contact information or links to gather more information.  Students, of course, are our first priority, but we like to share information with the Westbrook community at-large when we find it.   

Please note that, for safety reasons, Career Connections experiences planned for the student body are not open to the public.  

Building Pathways Connecticut:  Graduates of this program are exposed to various trades, learn construction math, labor history and blue print reading.  Certificates in OSHA 10, First Aid & CPR, Green Construction, Flagging and Fire Watch, Trench Excavation and Confined Space are earned.  Candidates must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, be a Connecticut resident, be unemployed or underemployed, have access to a car and be physically able to work in construction.  See below for Resources for our Community for a link to sign up for an informational session which are held every third Thursday of the month through June 2020.

 Apprenticeships:  Registered apprenticeship programs are operated by private industry - employer or labor/management sponsors.  Program sponsors pay virtually all training costs as well as progressively increasing wages to their apprentices.  Registered apprenticeship programs range from one to six or more years in length. For the apprentice, this translates into an "industry scholarship" worth $40,000 to $150,000.  Since the content of the training program is determined by industry needs, an apprenticeship produces workers with high demand skills.  See the Apprenticeship link listed below under Resources for Our Community.  

Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline:  This initiative provides a training pipeline to develop skilled workers for Electric Boat, members of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance  and other regional employers. The initiative offers several options including: free short-term classroom training, online training options, and job search assistance for job-seekers who are unemployed or underemployed.  All Connecticut residents who are unemployed or underemployed, 18 or older, and authorized to work in the U.S. are eligible for the Program.  Underemployed means you are working at a job that does not match your former wage or skill level, you are working part-time for fewer than 32 hours a week (or per diem or temporary worker), you are having sporadic employment or frequent job changes or you are a recent graduate and/or have limited work history.  See the Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline link listed below under Resources for Our Community for more information.  

Skill Up Manufacturing:  Free five-week training program will familiarize you with the basic mechanic and manufacturing skills and engineering knowledge required for new hires as an entry level employee in a manufacturing or related field.  This course will convey basic trade knowledge, workplace skills and production readiness.  The program meetings Monday through Friday from 9a.m. until 4p.m.  Stipends are paid to participants for successfully meeting classroom training benchmarks.  Classes are held at Gateway Community College in New Haven and at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown.   See the Skill Up Manufacturing link listed below under Resources for Our Community for more information.  

Health Careers Advancement Project:  HCAP provides low-income jobseekers with tuition assistance & job placement. Those who complete initial training and find employment can be helped to return to school to add more skills and move up the career ladder!  This is an opportunity offered by the Workforce Alliance.  See the Health Careers Advancement Project under Resources for our Community for more information.  

ITXPRESS:  ITXPRESS provides free training and support services to young adults ages 17-29 with a desire to land jobs in the informational technology field. This is an opportunity offered by the Workforce Alliance.  See the ITXPRESS link under Resources for Our Community for more information.