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Workforce Development

Workforce development is considered one of the key contributors in maintaining a town's economic competitiveness. A well-trained workforce is able to meet the ever changing demands of businesses and plays a strong role in business retention. To meet the goals set by Hamden's Economic Development Plan, the Town has taken ambitious steps to promote workforce readiness and development, essential elements in creating a vibrant, thriving community.

Other Major Workforce Development Partners & Programs include:

The Hamden Economic Development Corporation's (HEDC) Deconstruction Job Training Program:

The Deconstruction Job Training Program, which offered training to unemployed individuals from the Hamden community in deconstruction and recycling. The program provided tuition for classroom learning at Gateway Community College's Center for a Sustainable Future Program, as well as a field laboratory and a paid, livable wage, job training opportunity to those who enrolled in the program. After completion of the training, students continued to work on the deconstruction of houses in the Newhall Neighborhood. For further information, please contact:

Dale Kroop, the Executive Director of HEDC




Connecticut DOL Hamden CTWorks Center:

The CT DOL offers services for those who are unemployed, for those who are looking for a new job and also for employers. They offer career counseling and matching, resume critiques, job referrals, specialized workshops, veterans job services, development of interviewing skills and many more services. The CT Department of Labor also works with area businesses to facilitate the labor exchange by providing information and resources on employment and training. For further information please contact:

Steve Diaz

37 Marne Street

Hamden, CT 06514

(203) 859-3200


Workforce Alliance:

Workforce Alliance helps to create a community-wide response to the issue of creating a highly skilled workforce. They coordinate and administer various employment and training initiatives and have prepared thousands of people for jobs. Some of the services they offer are: workshops, programs for ex-offenders, career counseling and training. For further information please contact:

Chris Reardon, Vice-President of Strategic Development and Business Services or William Villano, Executive Director

560 Ella T. Grasso Boulevard

New Haven, CT 06519

(203) 867-4030



Easter Seals:

Easter Seals provides workforce development services to people with disabilities, helping them to find and maintain employment. They provide assistance with technology, job skills and interest and job placement. They also specifically help with veterans who have disabilities and run programs for both veterans and potential employers to optimize job employment. For further information please contact:

Easter Seals Goodwill Industries

432 Washington Avenue

North Haven, CT 06473

(203) 777-2000



SARAH INC. is a community service provider serving children and adults with disabilities in communities across the Greater New Haven and Shoreline area.
SARAH, Inc. offers an array of services and supports for children and adults of all ages and abilities: Birth to Three Early Intervention; Family and Children Center; work and life skills training; supported employment; recreation and leisure services; advocacy and more.  For further information contact:


SARAH Foundation
246 Goose Lane, Suite 104
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 453-6531




ACES, a leader and innovator in education, empowers students, member districts, and clients to meet educational and life challenges in the changing global environment by providing collaborative, customized, cost effective solutions to meet identified needs of our educational community. As a regional educational service center, ACES develops solutions to member school districts most pressing needs. ACES meets the needs of its member districts by acting as both a local education agency (LEA) and as a regional educational service center (RESC). For further information contact:


Eugene Crocco, Work Service Coordinator

261 Skiff Street

Hamden, CT 06517

(203) 281-3577


D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. to Succeed, Inc.


D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. to Succeed Inc. is a youth empowerment organization located at 105 Sanford St. D.E.S.T.I.N.E.D. is an acronym for Desiring Every Student to Increase Necessary Educational Development.    Youths learn what they are passionate about and are provided progressive programs focused on career exploration, college preparation, entrepreneurship, leadership/mentoring, and life skills to help turn their passions into careers.  Activities for students include:  Homework assistance, healthy snacks, enrichment activities, youth leadership activities, service-learning projects, empowerment programs, and team building initiatives.  Activities for parents include:  Family nights, parent advisory council, parent workshops and referrals to local services as needed.  For further information contact:


Yvonne Jones

105 Sanford Street

Hamden, CT 06514




Business Image Counts


A full service public relations and management training company Business Image Counts specializes in enhancing business professionals through seminars and individual coaching.  Business Image Counts believes that your business deserves originality, creativity and attention. Each seminar is customized to your company's needs with plenty of interactive participation and feedback. The results-oriented training offers two hour, half and full-day seminars.  For Further Information contact:


Christine Whitten




For Further information on the Hamden Business Cluster Program, please visit www.hamden-ct.com or contact Dale Kroop, the Director of Economic Development and Neighborhood Revitalization at 203-287-7030 or dkroop@hamden.com.


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