Workforce development funding under threat

Workforce development funding under threat

Although funding to train opportunity youths and low-skill adults has steadily declined in recent years, Jim Boucher, chief strategy officer for Capital Workforce Partners in Hartford, is growing confident those dollars could be revived.

With tens of thousands of job openings annually in Connecticut, Boucher said the need to train unskilled workers is slowly making a comeback among federal, state and private funders.

But for now, workforce officials working with untapped populations are operating with just a fraction of the funds they managed years ago.

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