Meet the CCAT Team: Monica Perez

Meet the CCAT Team: Monica Perez

Meet the CCAT Team: Monica Perez

Monica Perez
Coordinator, Workforce Innovations

Q. Describe your job function: what do you do?
I help convene the Advanced Manufacturing Employer Partnership (AMEP) for CCAT. I also focus on Job Quality using the workers’ voice to drive change, helping Manufacturers create inclusive cultures and careers worth having.

Q. What do you love most about your job?
Helping everyone feel like they are part of a bigger picture and that their voice is heard.

Q. Did you attend college? What was your major course of study?
I attended The Ohio State University and Central Connecticut State University. I studied Criminology and took some master’s level courses in School Counseling.

Q. Have you ever worked as an intern or apprentice?
Yes, I did my internship with the Dublin Police Department in Dublin, Ohio. I helped facilitate self-defense classes, supported the School Resource Officer, and participated in “ride-alongs.”

Q. How did you get here?  Describe your career history and how that led you to CCAT.
I finished my degree from OSU in 2011 and deployed to Afghanistan with the Air Force that same year. In 2012, I moved to Connecticut and began working at Capital Workforce Partners, running a state-funded program to help unemployed Veterans get back to work. I took over the administration of the program for the entire region. Throughout this time and currently, I serve the CT Air National Guard Security Forces Squadron as a weapons instructor. In 2018, I transitioned to CCAT using my education, military experiences, leadership, and other workforce experiences to begin influencing and driving the job quality work for manufacturers.

Q. What do you love to do outside of work?
Spend time with my family and play volleyball

Q. What do you most love about Connecticut?
The colors of the leaves in the fall

Q. What shows are you currently watching?
I watch a variety of shows, This is Us, Grey’s Anatomy, Station 19, One Tree Hill, Vanderpump Rules, Botched (it’s a mix)

Q. What music have you been listing to lately?
Same as my shows, it’s a mix! Top 40, any music from the late 80’s to early 2000’s. I love Reggaeton!

Q. What advice would you give to your younger self or a young person just starting their career.
Find what makes you happy and feel fulfilled. Do as much as you can in your career before you have a family and children because you will find less time for yourself! Start investing in your retirement and think for the future as much as you can!