People who've benefited from programs at New Britain's American Job Center testify to their value at roundtable

Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:00
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAIN - Participants in New Britain American Job Center programs shared their success stories Wednesday in a tour and roundtable sponsored by Capital Workforce Partners.

People who currently receive services of the American Job Center and those who took part in past programs were present, as was Mayor Erin Stewart, and shared how the center has helped them.

Representatives from local businesses that partner with the American Job Center to employ people trained at and referred from the institution were also present and told how they have benefited from the center.

The programs provided by the American Job Center are supported by Capital Workforce Partners.

“The importance of building a stronger workforce by providing certified training to youth and other adults and matching them with the right employers is vital to the New Britain economy,” Alex Johnson, president and CEO of Capital Workforce Partners, said.

The event started with a tour of the American Job Center, during which employees of the center were individually introduced to Stewart.

Then Stewart heard from participants in the YouthBuild program, which trains unemployed young adults for the construction industry.

“We appreciate everything you did for us - all the grants and stuff,” Dwight Chevere, who has been in the program for two years, said. “This program right here, it changed my life around. When I got introduced to it, I was in the streets doing bad stuff and it wasn’t good for me. I found this and this is my getaway, this was everything and this changed my life around. We really need this program. This is all we have in New Britain.”

The event concluded with a roundtable in which participants who are now on their feet after completing programs told what they are doing now and how the programs helped them.

The roundtable also included representatives from Okay Industries, Peter Paul Electronics, New Britain OBGYN and the Hospital for Special Care, among other local businesses that employ those who go through the programs at the American Job Center.

“We’ve actually partnered with you guys to bring in apprentices from your program, tool maker apprentices, probably our hardest positions to fill are tool maker positions and CNC positions,” Mitch Oshana, representing Okay Industries, said. “The apprenticeship program has been working phenomenally. We have about four apprentices there right now.”

The American Job Center is located at 260 Lafayette St. To learn more about the American Job Center, call 860-899-3500.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:00. Updated: Wednesday, 10 July 2019 21:03.