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
- 2020-21 Proposal for Career Connections Activities: A proposal for partners interested in assisting with Career Connections activities (describes Career Connections activities planned for the 2020-21 school year)
- Mentor Guide: A guide for hosting a student intern
- 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
- Career ConneCT web address. During the 2021 legislative session, Governor Lamont and the Connecticut General Assembly passed historic legislation investing in Connecticut’s workforce. The Office of Workforce Strategy is helping to bring their vision to life with CareerConneCT. The State is awarding grants to innovative workforce development programs that help unemployed people, historically marginalized groups, and students prepare for high-demand, high-quality careers. If you are interested in helping to build a workforce for your industry as a collaborative partner, you may want to look into this State of Connecticut grant program. The program is focused on reskilling and upskilling, mutual success, and inclusiveness and effectiveness.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 860-399-6214.
Resources for our Community Partners
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.
Click here to watch the recording of the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Panel. Westbrook Career Connections, Junior Achievement and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Virtual Career Fair collaborated to produce this virtual Advanced Manufacturing Industry Panel. Participants provided wonderful advice and shared opportunities for employment. Participants included Bo Bradstreet, moderator, Executive Recruiter and Consultant, Bohan and Bradstreet; Oliver Bausch, President and Owner, Bausch Technologies; Jeff Dickey, Executive Vice President of Hydraulics, The Lee Company; Bill Neale, Director of Operations (retired) Radiall USA; and, Christopher Heyl, Vice President of Operations, CiDRA. Many of these manufacturers are currently hiring (see below).
Click here to watch the recording of the Government Employees Industry Panel. Westbrook Career Connections, Junior Achievement and the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce Virtual Career Fair collaborated to produce this virtual Industry Panel. Panelists provide excellent advice and share opportunities for employment. Participants represented the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the CT Judicial Branch, and the CT Department of Public Health. The panel was moderated by Sumayya Ayoub, Senior Education Manager at Junior Achievement.
The Connecticut Small Business Development Center (https://ctsbdc.com/) offers professional, confidential, no-cost business advising services. The Connecticut Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and the University of Connecticut. A pre-recorded webinar, How to Start Your Business is available at https://ctsbdc.
Tips for Virtual Interviews provides tips for successful virtual interviews. See Resources for Our Community.
Tips for Writing a Compelling Resume provides suggestions for writing a resume that will gain attention. This resource is geared to a high school student reader, but it delivers tips community members can use to improve their resume writing skills. See Resources for Our Community.
Attending a Career Fair is a valuable tool for seeking employment or if you are looking to improve your current employment situation. You will want to be prepared when you attend by dressing professionally, taking copies of your resume with you, and having a set of questions ready that will make an impression. The Questions You Can Ask at a Career Fair to Make an Impression is a resource that may help. The questions in the resource are also great questions to ask at an interview. See Resources for Our Community.
Medical/Health Industry Panel Discussion: The following link provides access to the medical/health industry panel presentation to Westbrook High School students on December 10, 2019. Please note that it may take a few minutes to download the video to your computer. Click here
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.
HR departments for a variety of employers in the Westbrook area contact the school with employment opportunities for Westbrook High School graduates and members of the community.
- Tower Laboratories is currently hiring a variety of positions in Essex and Centerbrook. View their careers page at www.towerlabs.com for more details. They offer full time with benefits and are currently hiring Maintenance Electricians and Technician, Marching Operators, Packers, Process Technicians, Warehouse Personnel, and Mechanical Engineers. Email resumes to email@example.com.
- Right at Home is currently hiring home companions, paying $14.00 to $15.00 per hour. Paid training is provided. Right at Home is located in Old Saybrook but serves clients along the Shoreline. Call 860.330.5299 or visit https://www.rightathome.net/old-saybrook.
- Bausch Advanced Technology Group in Clinton is hiring for a variety of positions. Contact Kathy Tanner, Accounting/HR Manager at 860-552-0318.