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STATE SENATOR

Cathy Osten

Getting Results

Supporting Workforce Development in Eastern Connecticut

I was recently honored by the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB) for my advocacy on behalf of the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline.

EWIB

The Pipeline is a program that is funded by the United States Department of Labor’s Workforce Innovation Fund, in cooperation with the Connecticut Labor Department and the EWIB. The Pipeline provides no-cost training to help address the vast hiring needs of Electric Boat in Groton, which is one of the largest employers in eastern Connecticut.

With more than $8 billion in federal funds for submarine design and construction over the next few decades, EB is looking to hire 14,000 to 20,000 new employees by 2030—just 12 years from now. The impact of those new jobs on the local housing and retail business markets is going to be enormous and enormously beneficial to local cities and towns.

EWIB

The five dozen or so subcontractors in eastern Connecticut that provide submarine parts for EB are going to benefit too, from Century Tool up in Thompson to Columbia Manufacturing in Columbia, Collins & Jewell in Bozrah, all the way down to the Hillery Company in Groton. That’s a lot of work, and a lot of jobs.

But all these potential hires need job training. I am doing everything I can to continue to secure state funding for the Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative because I know how important these jobs are to eastern Connecticut’s economy and to our nation’s military security. I’ll keep you updated!