NEW BRITAIN -According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about one-third of American adults hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Considered by many to be a requisite for a successful career, a college degree is certainly a valuable asset - but what about those who, for a variety of reasons, take a different path?
Two local experts will tackle the topic and discuss the need to provide support and training for the non-college-bound at the June 8 meeting of the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s Catalyst Fund.
The “Workforce of the Future” presentation, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Britain campus of the Hospital of Central Connecticut, is free and open to the public.
Featured speakers will be Andrea Comer, executive director of the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s Education & Workforce Partnership, and Michael Foran, principal of New Britain High School’s Satellite Careers Academy.
In her role, Comer helps promote the development of Connecticut’s workforce through education and training, particularly as it relates to leading sectors in the state.
Foran is a former principal of New Britain High School. With NBHS’s Satellite Careers Academy, he manages a specialized program targeted toward New Britain students not making adequate progress toward traditional graduation. In the program’s first two years, 155 students earned diplomas.
“We welcome members of the public to join us for this enlightening discussion about a topic that impacts our entire community,” said Joeline Wruck, director of community initiatives for the CFGNB.
The Catalyst Fund is made up of people interested in improving the quality of life in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington - the four municipalities served by the Community Foundation.
Members meet three times a year to learn about a member-chosen issue facing their communities and to consider funding requests from charitable organizations addressing the issue.
The year concludes with a $10,000 grant award.
In the fund’s 14 years of existence, members have awarded more than $140,000.
The June 8 meeting will kick off a request-for-proposals process targeted at local agencies and programs addressing the chosen topic.
A light supper and refreshments will be served. People interested in attending should contact Kimberly Duncan by June 1 at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-229-6018, ext. 300.