Career Resources, Inc. (CRI) provides adults and youth throughout Connecticut with the skills, resources, and support necessary for personal development, economic self-sufficiency, and career advancement. CRI also provides planning and staffing resources to the business community in support of workforce development and economic growth.
Career Resources Inc. recently celebrated its 20th Anniversary and is recognized as the preeminent workforce development agency in Connecticut and throughout the United States. It is the only non-profit organization in Connecticut that focuses exclusively on workforce development needs from the perspective of individuals with barriers to employment requiring basic skills and work readiness training and employers seeking to find qualified workers in the region. CRI was recently chosen by the State of Connecticut's Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as the sole non-profit to create and deliver training to all DMHAS staff and providers to better prepare clients for employment and was recently recognized by People's Bank and Pulman & Comley, LLC for promoting diversity in the workplace.
Career Resources, "Prepares Workers for Life." The organization provides youth and adults throughout Connecticut with education and work-readiness training programs that enable them to gain the skills and access the resources necessary for personal development, economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. CRI also provides planning and staffing resources to the business community in support of workforce development and economic growth. CRI alumni frequently visit program staff to share their successes and to serve as mentors for new clients enrolling in the programs offered by CRI.
Today CRI operates the following programs to address the interrelated needs of job seekers and businesses and serves approximately 20,000 customers annually: American Jobs Centers, STRIVE, Fathers-for-Life, Jobs First Employment Services (JFES), Everyone Works, VITA, to mention just a few. CRI's customer target base are lower-income individuals with multiple barriers to employment.
Accomplishments in Past Year:
Goals for the current year:
The five most pressing needs for the organization are:
Career Resources, Inc. prides itself on being one of the few non-profits in the country that focuses exclusively on workforce development. Workforce development is the core mission of CRI and to that end the organization dedicates all of its resources to offer comprehensive, innovative and practical solutions to both employers and job seekers. At Career Resources, we operate a range of employment and support programs for the communities that we serve which are often under-resourced and faced with multiple challenges including high unemployment and low school performance outcomes. CRI assists graduates of urban schools in lower-income communities enhance their skills in order to better prepared to compete in an increasingly complex job market. CRI assists men and women who are formerly incarcerated and preparing to reenter their communities seek employment despite overwhelming resistance by employers. We assist people with disabilities and mothers leaving welfare search for work, child care and other services that can reduce barriers to employment. CRI helps unemployed workers, older workers and fathers who need to meet their financial responsibilities and child support, find employment and training opportunities. I can say, with certainty that the challenges facing many of these population segments are systemic and sometimes appear insurmountable. Foreclosure, hunger and homelessness are often just a paycheck away for many of CRI's customers. We are successful at what we do because our dedicated staff maintains a “can do” spirit that sets the example for our clients. The CRI staff understand that the impact of our work is so much more than placing people into employment - it about providing people with the knowledge, confidence and skills to overcome challenges thereby giving them hope and it is hope that sustains all of us.
Career Resources equips people with the knowledge, training, and support they need to secure employment and move toward self-sufficiency. I support it with my time and resources because it is one of the most cost-effective and successful nonprofits in the State. Career Resources stands out as one of the best in class.
Career Resources is focused – it knows what it does, and it does it well, with continuous improvement built into its operations. Career Resources is a valued partner in the community and places the needs of its customers above all else.
CRI has a proven track record of creating appropriate programs that address the needs of the communities in which they work. As a founding member of the Bridgeport Reentry Collaborative, Career Resources assisted offenders return to the workforce well before many other organizations. I have worked with many non-profits and the entire team at CRI are among the most determined and caring staff I have had the pleasure of working with. The budget is trim, and the operations are lean, and all of the funds raised by Career Resources go directly back into program delivery and enhancement. Like many non profits, we have our challenges, particularly in keeping the flow of resources steady to help our customers get back to work. The staff and board are well up to the task, and are as determined to succeed as the customers they serve.
CRI operates all STRIVE programs in Connecticut. STRIVE is an intensive three week national training program that prepares individuals with multiple barriers to employment to gain the skills needed to enter or reenter the job market. The structured training is centered on personal responsibility, attitude, and soft skills development. STRIVE originated in East Harlem, NY in 1984, and to date has put over 40,000 people to work. The STRIVE philosophy is based on four principles: 1) people who have been considered “unemployable” want to work, and can succeed in employment; 2) personal development coupled with technical skills training, is critical to success in the workplace; 3) employment offers the best and most rapid pathway to overcoming problems of the economically disadvantaged; 4) on-going support is essential for people with multiple barriers to employment in order for them to stabilize their circumstances.
At 19 years old, Orlando had his first child but did not have any job experience. He sold drugs to make money. Eventually he was arrested and sent to prison. At 22 he was now a convicted felon but wanted to do the right thing for his family. Orlando heard about STRIVE from a family member who graduated from the program and had done well, so he signed up. While attending the workshop he stated that his career goal was to become a union plumber, though in order to do so he needed a drivers license and transportation. STRIVE helped him find work in a warehouse so he could save money, however he was laid off from that job in less than a year. He then went to work for a distribution company where he was trained to drive delivery trucks enabling him to earn his license. This prompted him to apply to the plumbers union and two later he was called in to start work. Orlando began working for the Plumbers, Pipefitters and HVAC Union Local 777 in October 2009. In 2014 he achieved his goal and is now an apprentice plumber.
Career Resources, Inc. provides youth and adults with the skills, resources and the support necessary for personal development, economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. Education and job skills training are at the core of all Career Resources, Inc. programs. CRI offers Adult Basic Education (ABE) for individuals with low reading and math literacy and GED preparation for adults who are ready to pursue their high school equivalency diploma. ]These programs focus on: reading, math, writing, social studies, science. Both offer flexible hours and a personalized course of study combining classroom-based and computer-assisted instruction facilitated by a state licensed instructor.
WorkKeys is an assessment that establishes skill levels as related to workplace needs including:
Key Train is an interactive online course to improve performance in the specific areas identified by the WorkKeys assessment.
The NCRC program allows jobseekers to attain the credential through self-paced lessons in various job skills.
At its foundation is a targeted curriculum written specifically to help people master the applied workplace skills as defined by the WorkKeys system.
This core curriculum is complimented by diagnostic tools, soft skills curriculum, and a powerful reporting system to form a robust career readiness learning syste
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A strong economy begins with a community that supports its people. When you support workforce training, financial literacy and public transportation, you enable individuals and families to work where they live, increasing their chances of economic success.
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